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Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL Draft: Rounds 4 and 5

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Round 4 was better than 3, but 5 was the bottom of that pile.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

We’re getting past the rounds where you’ll find most of a team’s NHL players, and now we’re on to the fourth and fifth rounds. We’ll see some familiar names here but most of the players would never make it to the Maple Leafs.

Starting with the picks by league, it’s once again all OHL, all the time. The QMJHL and WHL take second and third. Also starting in round four there are more and more high school kids taken from the US.

Defenders top the list, but forwards of all positions are all tied up.

Who did round four give us? The most prominent player taken in round four was Alexei Ponikarovsky (1998), who played almost 500 games with the Maple Leafs - 477 - and scored 114 goals, 143 assists for 257 points. No other pick came close to that many games, the next player was Stewart Gavin (1980) who played 268 games, and Darby Hendrickson (1990), Jim Dorey (1964), and James Reimer (2006) top off the players who played more than 200 games as a Maple Leaf. 33 of the 49 players chosen in the fourth round have never played a game as a Maple Leaf, but recent picks like Adam Brooks (2016) and Ian Scott (2017) have plenty of time to get into a game.

The average fourth round pick will play 41 games and score 6 goals, 8 assists for 14 points. If we only look at players who played games it’s 127 games played, 17 goals, 25 assists, and 42 points.

Round Four

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
Alexei Ponikarovsky LW 1998 477 114 143 257 318 Russia Super
Stewart Gavin RW 1980 268 34 48 82 214 OHL
Darby Hendrickson C 1990 233 27 20 47 195 Minn High School
Jim Dorey D 1964 231 25 74 99 553 OHA JrB
James Reimer G 2006 207 0 2 2 6 WHL 2.83 0.914 11
Nikolai Borschevsky RW 1992 142 48 65 113 38 Russia Super
Matt Frattin RW 2007 91 15 13 28 33 AJHL
Jeff Reese G 1984 76 0 2 2 14 OHL 4.09 0.871 2
Matt Martin D 1989 76 0 5 5 71 Conn High School
Joe Sacco RW 1987 60 11 13 24 14 Mass High School
Korbinian Holzer D 2006 58 2 7 9 55 Germany Tier 2
Vincent Tremblay G 1979 54 0 2 2 2 QMJHL 4.7 0.868 1
Gerry Meehan LW 1963 25 0 2 2 2 OHL
Adam Mair C 1997 24 1 2 3 20 OHL
Petter Granberg D 2010 8 0 0 0 6 Sweden Jrs
Bob Parent G 1978 3 0 0 0 0 OHL 5.65 0.845 0
Dale MacLeish C 1966 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Frank Hughes RW 1969 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Bob Gryp LW 1970 0 0 0 0 0 NCAA
Rick Cunningham D 1971 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Brian Bowles D 1972 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Frank Rochon LW 1973 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Peter Driscoll LW 1974 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Tim Williams D 1976 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Dan Eastman C 1977 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Vladimir Ruzicka C 1982 0 0 0 0 0 Czech
Greg Vey LW 1985 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Kent Hulst C 1986 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Ted Crowley D 1988 0 0 0 0 0 Mass High School
Greg Walters LW 1990 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Terry Chitaroni RW 1991 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Mark Raiter D 1992 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Jason Sessa RW 1996 0 0 0 0 0 NCAA
Vladimir Antipov RW 1996 0 0 0 0 0 Russia Super
Jonathan Zion D 1999 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Mirko Murovic LW 1999 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Miguel Delisle C 2000 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
David Turon D 2002 0 0 0 0 0 Czech
Konstantin Volkov RW 2003 0 0 0 0 0 Russia Jrs
Roman Kukumberg C 2004 0 0 0 0 0 Slovakia
Ben Winnett LW 2007 0 0 0 0 0 BCHL
Mikhail Stefanovich C 2008 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Tom Nilsson D 2011 0 0 0 0 0 Sweden Jrs
JJ Piccinich RW 2014 0 0 0 0 0 USHL
Jesper Lindgren D 2015 0 0 0 0 0 Sweden Jrs
Adam Brooks C 2016 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Keaton Middleton D 2016 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Ian Scott G 2017 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Vladislav Kara LW 2017 0 0 0 0 0 Russia Jrs

Round five is exactly what you’d expect the fifth round to be. A handful of players who played a handful of games and not much else.

Does anyone think the OHL won’t ever be #1 by a mile? Lots of QMJHL players drafted in this round though, which probably explains the lack of success. Kidding Quebec, I love you (whispers to rest of the audience: no I don’t.)

Defenders are not the dominant position this time, with one more centre than defender picked in the fifth round. Only one goalie was picked, and it was the best player from round five, and #58 in the top 100 Maple Leafs of all time: Mike Palmateer (1974)

Palmateer played 296 games as a Leaf, and had 3.44GAA and a .892sv% with 15 shutouts and 16 assists over his Leafs career. After Palmateer, the players with the most games played are Kyle Wellwood (2001) at 189 games and John Mitchell (2003) with 159. Mike Eastwood (1987) is the other player to play over 100 games with 111.

38 players played zero NHL games for the Maple Leafs, and the average pick will play 22 games and score only two goals and four assists for six points. If we only look at the players who played a game, it jumps to 72GP - 7G - 15A - 22Pts.

Round Five

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
Mike Palmateer G 1974 296 0 16 16 95 OHL 3.44 0.892 15
Kyle Wellwood C 2001 189 31 77 108 14 OHL
John Mitchell C 2003 159 20 35 55 76 OHL
Mike Eastwood C 1987 111 14 23 37 85 COJHL
Brian Spencer LW 1969 95 10 20 30 192 WHL
Frank Nigro C 1979 68 8 18 26 41 OHL
Greg Hotham D 1976 60 4 11 15 21 OHL
Dan Hodgson C 1983 40 13 12 25 12 WHL
Zdenek Nedved C 1993 31 4 6 10 14 OHL
Alexei Kudashov C 1991 25 1 0 1 4 Russia Super
Sam Carrick C 2010 19 1 1 2 13 OHL
Bob Sykes LW 1971 2 0 0 0 0 NOJHL
Len Esau D 1988 2 0 0 0 0 SJHL
Jack Capuano D 1984 1 0 0 0 0 Conn High School
Jeff Serowik D 1985 1 0 0 0 0 Mass High School
Eduard Uvira D 1982 0 0 0 0 0 Czech
Frank Mrazek LW 1997 0 0 0 0 0 Czech
Vaclav Zavoral D 1999 0 0 0 0 0 Czech Jrs
Jerome Flaake RW 2008 0 0 0 0 0 DEL
Eric Knodel D 2009 0 0 0 0 0 EHL (US Tier 3 Jr)
Alex Berry RW 2005 0 0 0 0 0 EJHL
Dominic Toninato C 2012 0 0 0 0 0 Min. High School
Tony Cameranesi C 2011 0 0 0 0 0 Min. High School
Chris DeRuiter RW 1992 0 0 0 0 0 MOJHL
Peter Cava C 1996 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Fedor Gordeev D 2017 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Scott Taylor D 1986 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
John Wilson LW 1977 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Ted Long LW 1975 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Gord Titcomb LW 1973 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Brandon Sugden RW 1996 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Hugh Larkin RW 1980 0 0 0 0 0 OHL
Joel Champagne C 2008 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Michel Plante LW 1972 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Dmytro Timashov LW 2015 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Luc Simard LW 1970 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Sylvain Charland LW 1982 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Norman Lefrancois RW 1981 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Morgan Warren RW 1998 0 0 0 0 0 QMJHL
Keith Carney D 1989 0 0 0 0 0 RI High School
Dmitry Vorobiev D 2004 0 0 0 0 0 Russia Super
Daniel Brodin RW 2010 0 0 0 0 0 SHL
Juraj Mikus D 2007 0 0 0 0 0 Slovakia
Janne Gronvall D 1992 0 0 0 0 0 SM-Liiga
Fabrice Herzog RW 2013 0 0 0 0 0 Swiss Jrs
Dakota Joshua C 2014 0 0 0 0 0 USHL
Greg Pateryn D 2008 0 0 0 0 0 USHL
Mark Deyell C 1994 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Barry Brigley C 1981 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Vladimir Bobylev LW 2016 0 0 0 0 0 WHL
Jordy Douglas LW 1978 0 0 0 0 0 WHL

Tomorrow is a long one. We go through rounds six to thirteen (yes, thirteen).