Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft Retrospective

2015 NHL Draft - Round One
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95th overall - Jesper Lindgren

Surprisingly, the Toronto Maple Leafs switched up and went for potential once again.

This time grabbing the small-framed 6-0 161lbs right-shot Swedish defenseman Jesper Lindgren.

He had shown plenty of promise with Modo’s J20 squad racking up 33 points in 39 games. He also showed solid defensive abilities and good skating skills which would help his NHL projection. 

He spent the next couple seasons after his draft rising the ranks with Modo before what felt like a breakout 2016-17 campaign where he scored 24 points in 50 games.

Due likely to a logjam with the Marlies he then spent the following two seasons in the Finnish Liiga playing with HPK. He briefly joined the Marlies in 2019-20 playing 31 games and racking up none points before heading back to the Allsvenskan where he remains to this day.

His NHL rights have now expired and he too does not seem to be knocking on the NHL’s door anytime soon.