There's been some discussion in the media recently about Mittenstringers criticizing Dave Nonis' decision for using a 2nd round pick on former 1st round selection Peter Holland.
For the record, Holland has done mostly pretty well. Even being used sparingly as a 3rd line center, and sometimes being scratched by Randy Carlyle here's how his number pan-up:
Dare I say, these are decent enough numbers for a guy who's been mostly featured as a 3rd line center, who's received almost next to none when it comes to power-play time.
Actually what Nonis did was move a 2nd for a 1st round drafted player who could have a future long-term impact on the team.
But, let's look at a recent history of Leafs 2nd round picks:
Going back to 1984 the Leafs have only selected 4 players who made any impact in the NHL. Which says both something about scouting, player development and what kind of depth and talent there really is at this position. In recent years, only Nik Kulemin has made the roster as a home-grown talent drafted in the 2nd round who's made any kind of significant impact on the roster. The rest have all been basically busts, or are relatively unknowns at this point.
|1984||2||25||Todd Gill||Canada||D||1007||103 NHL Player
|1988||2||27||Tie Domi||Canada||RW||1020||98 NHL player
72 Hit. (Note no 2nd round picks between 1991-1995)
Two busts in a row
|2003||2||57||John Doherty||United States||D
|2006||2||44||Nikolai Kulemin||Russia||L/RW||214||Only player making a difference in 16 years.|
|2008||2||60||Jimmy Hayes||United States||RW||Bust. Has yet to earn full-time NHL job.
|2009||2||50||Kenny Ryan||United States||RW||Bust|
|2009||2||58||Jesse Blacker||Canada||D||Traded to Anaheim, likely a bust|
|2010||2||43||Brad Ross||Canada||LW||Not living up to the hype|
Injury concerns inhibit future development