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Toronto Maple Leafs draft results: round two

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Less picks, less NHL players.

Felix Potvin

Yesterday, in a somewhat unpopular fashion I went over the Toronto Maple Leafs successes, failures, and picks from the first round of the NHL draft. Today we’re going to do the exact same thing for round two because I don’t bend to the will of criticism nor do I learn from it no matter how good it is. I’ll say this now and I won’t repeat it again: This is about the Toronto Maple Leafs. All numbers relate to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Any games played by the players mentioned that were not for the Toronto Maple Leafs do not matter in the slightest because those teams most likely wouldn’t exist without that sweet sweet TML welfare.

If a really great player played 90 games for the Leafs and 900 for other teams, well doesn’t that point out how dumb the Leafs have been in the past, eh?

Here are the things I learned about the Maple Leafs second round draft picks:

The Maple Leafs really, really, REALLY, like drafting defenders in the second round, even though only two of them ended up playing more than 100 games for the Maple Leafs; Todd Gill (1984) would play 639 games for the Maple Leafs and Bob McGill (1980) would play 318.

Like in the first round, the Maple Leafs have drafted only two goalies. Like in the first round, one of the goalies would go on to become one of the top goalies of their generation. UNLIKE the first round, this goalie would reach his peak with the Maple Leafs. I’m talking about Felix Potvin (1990) of course. Potvin would backstop the Maple Leafs to back-to-back Western Conference Finals appearances, and then go on to success with the Montreal Canadiens in the amazing Roy/Potvin swap that never happened because 1996 Montreal was dumb and cheap.

Ahem.

Moving on, once again the OHL dominates with the WHL in a far, far off second place.

So, how did the picks do? 21 of them never played an NHL game for the Toronto Maple Leafs, though a couple still have a shot. Jeremy Bracco (2015), Carl Grundstrum (2016) are on the Marlies, Yegor Korshkov (2016) is still in Russia and Eemeli Rasanen (2017) is back playing pro hockey in Finland next season but could make his way back after next year. One of those players, Doug Jarvis (1975) would go on and do stuff with some other team but whatever.

On average, a second round pick for the Leafs will play 128 games, score 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points. If we only include the players who played for the Maple Leafs, those numbers rise to 231 games, 42 goals, 60 assists, and 102 points.

Here are all of the players the Maple Leafs have picked in round two.

Maple Leafs second round picks

Player Position Draft Year NHL GP Goals Assists Points PM From GAA SV% SO
Player Position Draft Year NHL GP Goals Assists Points PM From GAA SV% SO
Tie Domi RW 1988 777 84 112 196 2265 OHL
Todd Gill D 1984 639 59 210 269 922 OHL
Gary Leeman LW 1982 545 176 231 407 463 WHL
Matt Stajan C 2002 445 87 136 223 247 OHL
Nikolay Kulemin LW 2006 421 84 111 195 112 Russia Super
Peter Ihnacak C 1982 417 102 165 267 175 Czech
Tiger Williams LW 1974 407 109 132 241 1670 WHL
Felix Potvin G 1990 369 0 8 8 43 QMJHL 2.87 0.908 12
Errol Thompson LW 1970 365 126 119 245 70 NBSHL
Bob McGill D 1980 318 4 25 29 988 WHL
Daniel Marois RW 1987 285 106 80 186 346 QMJHL
Rocky Saganiuk RW 1977 230 56 62 118 164 WHL
Rick Kehoe RW 1971 184 59 72 131 32 OHL
Darryl Shannon D 1986 98 3 13 16 52 OHL
Randy Carlyle D 1976 94 2 16 18 82 OHL
Joel Quenneville D 1978 93 3 13 16 84 OHL
Karel Pilar D 2001 90 6 24 30 42 Czech
Jeff Jackson LW 1983 77 9 10 19 90 OHL
Travis Dermott D 2015 37 1 12 13 8 OHL
Gary Yaremchuk C 1981 34 1 4 5 28 WHL
Randy Osburn LW 1972 26 0 2 2 0 OHL
Dave Fortier D 1971 23 1 4 5 63 OHL
Craig Muni D 1980 19 0 2 2 6 OHL
Petr Svoboda D 1998 18 1 2 3 10 Czech
Doug Brindley C 1969 3 0 0 0 0 OHL
Sean Haggerty LW 1994 1 0 0 0 0 OHL
Jeremy Bracco C 2015 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Kris Vernarsky C 2000 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Doug Jarvis C 1975 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Neil Clairmont C 1963 0 0 0 0 0 Ont Midget
Marek Posmyk D 1996 0 0 0 0 0 Czech
John Doherty D 2003 0 0 0 0 0 Mass High School
Eemeli Rasanen D 2017 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Matt Finn D 2012 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Jesse Blacker D 2009 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Peter Reynolds D 1999 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Bob Gladney D 1977 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Ken Spangler D 1985 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Francis Larivee G 1996 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL 0 0 0
Cam Crosby LW 1966 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Carl Grundstrom LW 2016 0 0 0 0 0 SHL
J.-Bob Kelly LW 1967 0 0 0 0 0 TBJHL
Brad Ross LW 2010 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Yegor Korshkov RW 2016 0 0 0 0 0 KHL
Jimmy Hayes RW 2008 0 0 0 0 0 USHL
Kenny Ryan RW 2009 0 0 0 0 0 USNTDP
Dave Cotey C 1964 0 0 0 0 0 Ont Jr C
NHL GP stands for Maple Leafs NHL Games Played because that would be too long of a column header