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.


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

PlayerPositionDraft YearNHL GPGoalsAssistsPointsPMFromGAASV%SO
Tie DomiRW1988777841121962265OHL
Todd GillD198463959210269922OHL
Gary LeemanLW1982545176231407463WHL
Matt StajanC200244587136223247OHL
Nikolay KuleminLW200642184111195112Russia Super
Peter IhnacakC1982417102165267175Czech
Tiger WilliamsLW19744071091322411670WHL
Felix PotvinG199036908843QMJHL2.870.90812
Errol ThompsonLW197036512611924570NBSHL
Bob McGillD198031842529988WHL
Daniel MaroisRW198728510680186346QMJHL
Rocky SaganiukRW19772305662118164WHL
Rick KehoeRW1971184597213132OHL
Darryl ShannonD1986983131652OHL
Randy CarlyleD1976942161882OHL
Joel QuennevilleD1978933131684OHL
Karel PilarD2001906243042Czech
Jeff JacksonLW1983779101990OHL
Travis DermottD201537112138OHL
Gary YaremchukC19813414528WHL
Randy OsburnLW1972260220OHL
Dave FortierD19712314563OHL
Craig MuniD1980190226OHL
Petr SvobodaD19981812310Czech
Doug BrindleyC196930000OHL
Sean HaggertyLW199410000OHL
Jeremy BraccoC201500000OHL
Kris VernarskyC200000000OHL
Doug JarvisC197500000OHL
Neil ClairmontC196300000Ont Midget
Marek PosmykD199600000Czech
John DohertyD200300000Mass High School
Eemeli RasanenD201700000OHL
Matt FinnD201200000OHL
Jesse BlackerD200900000OHL
Peter ReynoldsD199900000OHL
Bob GladneyD197700000OHL
Ken SpanglerD198500000WHL
Francis LariveeG199600000QMJHL000
Cam CrosbyLW196600000OHL
Carl GrundstromLW201600000SHL
J.-Bob KellyLW196700000TBJHL
Brad RossLW201000000WHL
Yegor KorshkovRW201600000KHL
Jimmy HayesRW200800000USHL
Kenny RyanRW200900000USNTDP
Dave CoteyC196400000Ont Jr C