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12 players that Engvall is outscoring - you won’t believe #12!

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Pierre Engvall is having himself quite the season for a 23 year old rookie and former 7th round pick just called up from the Marlies. Now, with 22 games under his belt, he’s at 7 goals and 5 assists. Don’t tell Katya I pulled the “on pace for” card, but that’s an 82 game pace of 26 goals and 44 points for a third liner who gets no PP time.

Funnily enough, that’s pretty much what Andreas Johnsson did as a 24 year old winger and former 7th round pick last season.

In fact, Pierre Engvall is already better than many NHLers this year. In terms of goals, he has as many or more in his 22 games than:

  1. Kappo Kakko - 7 goals in 37 games
  2. Nick Suzuki - 7 goals in 43 games
  3. Nikita Gusev - 7 goals in 38 games
  4. Connor Sheary - 7 goals in 36 games
  5. Patrick Marleau - 7 goals in 40 games
  6. Josh Leivo - 7 goals in 36 games
  7. Mikael Backlund - 6 goals in 44 games
  8. Jordan Staal - 6 goals in 42 games
  9. Jack Hughes - 6 goals in 36 games
  10. Vincent Trochek - 5 goals in 35 games
  11. Jesperi Kotkaniemi - 5 goals in 27 games
  12. Sidney Crosby - 5 goals in you know we don’t need to talk about how many games he’s played it’s not important

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that Pierre Engvall, a former 7th round pick, is better than former top 5 picks like Kotkaniemi, Hughes, Kakko, and Suzuki.

However, I asked four NHL scouts who they think is the better player in the NHL. 420 said Engvall, the other 69 didn’t specify, but they did say this: “Suzuki and Kotkaniemi can’t score. They will struggle with everything. Engvall is better than both of them”.

I will not be taking any questions about my sources don’t @ me.

ONTO THE LINKS

Maple Leafs make too many mistakes on defense in 6-4 loss to Edmonton Oilers | by Hardev

The Leafs are in a playoff spot: How secure is it? | by Katya

Why I Believed In Mike Babcock Too Long | by Fulemin

2020 World Juniors Recap: Rasmus Sandin Named Top Defenseman of the Tournament, Nick Robertson impresses, Team Canada Wins Gold | by Kevin Papetti

Leafs prospects Rasmus Sandin and Mikko Kokkonen endure a weird bronze-medal experience | by Scort Whiler at the Athletic

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Have a happy Tuesday everyone!

Poll

Who is the better player?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Pierre Engvall
    (165 votes)
  • 0%
    Nick Suzuki
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jesperi Kotkaniemi
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Jack Hughes
    (8 votes)
  • 1%
    Kappo Kakko
    (3 votes)
  • 36%
    Sidney Crosby
    (103 votes)
281 votes total Vote Now