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2019 NHL Draft: Who did the Leafs previously pick at these spots?

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From #53 to #208 the Leafs have picked a lot of players who.....well they got one right.

Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck

The Toronto Maple Leafs currently have seven draft picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, two fewer picks than they had in the 2018 draft. They have no picks in either round one or round six at the moment.

Round one: Pick traded to the Los Angeles Kings along with Sean Durzi and Carl Grundstrom in exchange for defender Jake Muzzin. After the trade I looked at what the first round pick was in previous years.


Round two: The Maple Leafs second round pick comes in at #53.

This will be the first time the Maple Leafs will pick a player at 53rd overall in the draft.


Round three: The Maple Leafs second round pick comes in at #84.

Past players the Maple Leafs have picked at 84th are:

1997 - Adam Mair (C), Owen Sound Platers (OHL)
Mair would total 194 points with the Owen Sound Platers (now Owen Sound Attack) but would only play 34 games for the Maple Leafs before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 2001 alongside the second round pick that became Mike Cammalleri for Aki Berg.

1976 - Greg Hotham (D), Kingston Canadians (OHA)
Hotham would bounce around the Leafs system for a few years, playing 60 NHL games in the six years after being drafted, before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1982 in exchange for a 5th (Dan Hodgson) and 6th (Craig Kales) round pick. He would come back to the Leafs AHL team, Newmarket Saints, for four seasons before retiring.


Round four: The Maple Leafs have two picks in the fourth round. They are #115 & #121. Pick #121 was from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Nikita Soshnikov.

Past players the Maple Leafs have picked at #115 are:

1990 - Alexander Godynyuk (D), Kiev Sokol (Soviet)
Godynyuk played 49 games for the Maple Leafs before being traded to Calgary in the Doug Gilmour trade. He’s currently a European Scout for the Golden Knights.

1982 - Craig Kales (RW), Niagara Falls Flyers (OHL)
Kales came in on a traded pick as noted above. He wouldn’t play outside of junior hockey once his career in the OHL was over.

1978 - John Scammell (D), Lethbridge Broncos (WCHL)
Scammell would never play outside junior hockey, at least according to various player databases.

Past players the Maple Leafs have picked at #121 are:

1974 - Kevin Devine (LW), Toronto Marlboroughs (OHA)
Devine would be a career minor leaguer, aside from two games from the New York Islanders in 1982. For the past 20 years he’s been working for the Buffalo Sabres, and made it all the way to Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel but in 2017 was bumped back down to scout.


Round five: The Maple Leafs fifth round pick comes in at #146.

Past players the Maple Leafs have picked at #146 are:

2010 - Daniel Brodin (RW), Djurgardens IF Stockholm (SEL)
Brodin has stayed in Europe since being drafted, and is signed to HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the NLA next season.


Round six: The Maple Leafs do not have a pick in round six, it was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the Sabres 2018 6th round pick. Pick was used to draft Pontus Holmberg.


Round seven: The Maple Leafs have two picks in the seventh round. They are #204 & #208. Pick #204 was from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Connor Carrick.

Past players the Maple Leafs have picked at #204 are:

1996 - Tomas Kaberle (D), Kladno (Czech Extraliga)
Kaberle would join the St. John’s Maple Leafs at the end of the 97-98 season and make his NHL debut that fall. He would go on to play 878 games for the Maple Leafs, score 83 goals and make 437 assists while going on to become one of the best defenders of the modern era Maple Leafs. He would suddenly retire after 58 games in the 2010-11 season. On a related note his evil twin would win the Stanley Cup with the Bruins that season.

1994 - Rob Butler (LW), Niagara Falls Canucks (GHJHL)
Butler would play in the USHL, OHL, and ECHL, before going to college at the University of Manitoba.

Past players the Maple Leafs have picked at #208 are:

1983 - Mike Tomlak (C), Cornwall Royals (OHL)
Tomlak would finish his OHL career and then attend the University of Western Ontario. He would join the Hartford Whalers after graduating and have a long NHL and minor league career.


These weren’t a great bunch of picks, Kaberle aside, but if you can go through an entire draft with no first round pick and come out with Tomas Kaberle, you did pretty well.