Today in “The Toronto Maple Leafs are bad at drafting” we look at the third round picks over the years. We’re just going to jump right into things here and get to the meat of the issue: The Maple Leafs being bad at this whole third round of the draft thing.

The Maple Leafs once again favour defenders and centres as their picks of choice, but goalies rocket up for four overall in rounds one and two to nine here in round three. Two of them became names in the NHL - Ken Wregget (1982) and Allan Bester (1983) both played over 200 games for the Maple Leafs. The other three who played games include Peter Ing and two of the “goalies of the future” from my lifetime: Mikael Tellqvist (2000) and (sigh) Justin Pogge (2004).

What’s that? The OHL was the most popular league in the world to draft from? Duh, of course it is. The surprising part here though is that the QMJHL came in second. Not surprising is that the Q players were all busts, with only Yanic Perreault (1991) making a difference and playing over 150 games for the Leafs.

Overall the third round isn’t great, but that’s probably par for the course for all teams. Seven players played over 100 games as a Maple Leaf, including future NHL coach Bruce Boudreau. On average a Maple Leafs third round pick will play 50 games for the Leafs, score five goals and add 12 assists for 19 points. If we only include players who made it to the Leafs, it jumps to 97 games, nine goals and 23 assists for 32 points. Wheeeee!

The most successful picks the Maple Leafs have made in round three however, came from the early years of the draft. In 1966 they drafted defender Rick Ley who would play in 228 games for the Leafs. In 1964 they brought in Mike Pelyk who would suit up in blue and white for 441 games. The best third rounder the Leafs ever picked was their very first one, Jim McKenny in 1963.

McKenny played 594 games on the Maple Leafs blue line,  scoring 81 goals and adding 246 assists for 327 points. He just missed out on winning the Stanley Cup with the Leafs, but would go on to be one of the Leafs top defenders in the 1970’s.

Here is the complete list of Maple Leafs third round picks.

Round Three

RoundPlayerPostitionDraft YearNHL GPGoalsAssistsPointsPMFromGAASV%SO
3Konstantin KalmikovRW199600000COHL
3Jeff FarkasC199791234NCAA
3Carter VerheagheC201300000OHL
3Greg McKeggC201040000OHL
3John McIntyreC19877251520142OHL
3Ernie GoddenC198151126OHL
3Mark KirtonC1978131012OHL
3Bruce BoudreauC197513427426944OHL
3Gavin KirkC197100000OHL
3Phil OreskovicD20051011221OHL
3Brendan BellD20013214519OHL
3Jay HarrisonD20012002218OHL
3Mike LankshearD199600000OHL
3Sean BolandD198600000OHL
3Fred BoimistruckD1980834141845OHL
3Ralph HopiavouriD197100000OHL
3Rick LeyD196622885462416OHL
3Jim McKennyD196359481246327292OHL
3Peter IngG1988590006OHL3.950.881
3Allan BesterG198320508830OHL4.060.8827
3Josh LeivoLW20115710122220OHL
3Jamie DevaneLW200920000OHL
3Dale MitchellRW200700000OHL
3Ryan PepperallRW199500000OHL
3Gerry O'FlahertyRW197020000OHL
3Mike PelykD19644412688114566Ont Midget
3Nicolas CorbeilC200100000QMJHL
3Yanic PerreaultC1991176546912390QMJHL
3Normand AubinC19796918133130QMJHL
3Dominic D'AmourD200200000QMJHL
3Denis DeslauriersD197200000QMJHL
3Jean-Francois RacineG200000000QMJHL000
3Alain BelangerRW197690116QMJHL
3Gary McFadyenRW197600000QMJHL
3Martins DzierkalsRW201500000Russia Jrs
3Mikael TellqvistG2000400000SHL3.010.8952
3Fredrik ModinLW199400000SHL
3Larry McIntyreD19694103326SJHL
3Martin SagatLW200300000Slovakia
3Sondre OldenRW201000000Sweden Jrs
3Per-Arne AlexanderssonC197400000Sweden-1
3JD GreenwayD201600000USNTDP
3Joseph WollG201600000USNTDP
3Andrew NielsenD201500000WHL
3Rinat ValievD2014100000WHL
3Justin PoggeG200470000WHL4.360.8440
3Todd FordG200200000WHL000
3Jamie HodsonG199800000WHL000
3Ken WreggetG198220001313106WHL4.350.8712
3Dave ThomlinsonLW198500000WHL