Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft Retrospective

2015 NHL Draft - Round One
2015 NHL Draft - Round One / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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155th overall - Stephen Desrocher

The Leafs switched things up with their sixth round and second last pick at the draft taking Stephen Desrocher from the Oshawa Generals.

He was a 6-4 nearly 200lbs defender who played like you would expect somebody with that physical makeup to.

He was also an overager, being eligible in 2014. Although the optimism surrounding most sixth rounders is usually pretty low, this felt like a “safe pick” and was a clear deviation from the last few.

However, he showed positive signs going from 23 points in 66 games the year he was drafted (his DY+1) to 46 in 69 the following year with the Generals and Kingston Frontenacs.

The following season he would don the “C” for the Frontenacs and take another step in production with 51 points in 65 games. 

Despite his progress, Desrocher would not be given an ELC and would play five years (technically four with the Covid-19 shutdown in 2020-21) for the University of Western Ontario in Canada’s Usports.

Following his University career, he would move to the ECHL’s Florida Everblades and then the AlpsHL before joining the EIHL in Scotland this year playing for the Fife Flyers and Glasgow Clan.

It is unclear at this time what his plans are for next season but once again, the NHL does not seem likely.