Last year there was a flurry of activity bringing players onto the Marlies. ATO’s galore, picks being brought in to practice and train with the team but not play, lots of buzz around the little Leafs, but this year not so much.
We’ve seen a few players join them but not as many as last year, and with a lot of draft picks unsigned that are due, there are questions about their future with the Maple Leafs.
Below you’ll find a list of all the Maple Leafs draft picks who still have not signed a contract and when the Maple Leafs’ hold on their rights expires.
For CHL players rights expire after 2 years.
For NCAA commitments it’s until they leave school, which is roughly 4 years. If the player plays in the USHL before school you could see it expand to 5 or 6 years.
For players drafted out of Europe it’s 4 years.
For KHL players, the teams hold the rights until the player is 27.
Unsigned Draft Picks
|Name||Position||Drafted||Played in 2017||Stats||Rights Expire|
|Name||Position||Drafted||Played in 2017||Stats||Rights Expire|
|Martins Dzierkals||RW||2015||QMJHL - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||21G - 28A - 49Pts - 47GP||2019|
|Stephen Desrocher||D||2015||OHL - Kingston Frontenacs||12G - 39A - 51Pts - 65GP||2017|
|Nikita Korostelev||RW||2015||OHL - Peterborough Petes||19G - 35A - 64Pts - 55GP||2017|
|Dominic Toninato||C||2012||NCAA - Minnesota-Duluth||16G - 13A - 29Pts - 42GP||2017|
|Fabrice Herzog||RW||2013||NLA - Zurich Lions||9G - 11A - 20Pts - 44GP||2017|
|Pierre Engvall||LW||2014||SHL - Mora IK||21G - 19A - 40Pts - 50GP||2018|
|JJ Piccinich||RW||2014||OHL - London Knights||26G - 46A - 72Pts - 66GP||2018|
|Adam Brooks||C||2016||WHL - Regina Pats||43G - 87A - 130Pts - 66GP||2018|
|Keaton Middleton||D||2016||OHL - Saginaw Spirit||4G - 14A - 28Pts - 64GP||2018|
|Vladimir Bobylev||LW||2016||WHL - Victoria Royals||9G - 27A - 36Pts - 38GP||2018|
|Jack Walker||LW||2016||WHL - Victoria Royals||31G - 41A - 72Pts - 70GP||2018|
|Nicolas Mattinen||D||2016||OHL - London Knights||2G - 6A - 8Pts - 66GP||2018|
|Jesper Lindgren||D||2015||SHL - MODO||3G - 21A - 24Pts - 50GP||2019|
|Nolan Vesey||LW||2014||NCAA - Maine||13G - 10A - 23Pts - 36GP||2018|
|Dakota Joshua||C||2014||NCAA - Ohio State||12G - 23A - 35Pts - 33GP||2019|
|Joseph Woll||G||2016||NCAA - Boston College||2.64GAA - .913sv% - 34GP||2020|
|JD Greenway||D||2016||NCAA - Wisconsin||1G - 6A - 7Pts - 34GP||2020|
|Yegor Korshkov||RW||2016||KHL - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||6G, 13a, 19Pts - 36GP||2023|
|Nikolai Chebykin||LW||2016||MHL - MVD Balashikha||17G - 10A - 27Pts - 17GP||2024|
Stats since drafted: 106GP - 46G, 71A, 117pts
In his first post-draft season Martins Dzierkals helped lead the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to the QMJHL Championship, and to within one goal of the 2016 Memorial Cup, losing to the London Knights in overtime. Dzierkals was third on the team in scoring that season with 67 points. He also led Latvia to a berth in the main group for the 2017 IIHF U20 World Championships when Latvia won Division 1A. This season he’s been battling injuries that kept him out of half of the regular season and playoff games.
If the Maple Leafs were to keep Dzierkals around, he’d most likely be signed to a AHL deal like JJ Piccinich. The Maple Leafs hold his rights for two more years, so if he’ snot in the AHL/ECHL he’ll head back to Europe.
Stats since drafted: 134GP - 23G, 74A, 97pts
The Kingston Frontenacs captain was drafted coming off an OHL and Memorial Cup championship with the Oshawa Generals. After the next season began, the Generals were looking to sell high on players, and Desrocher was sent to the Kingston Frontenacs to play under former Maple Leaf Doug Gilmour. He was named captain this past season and was second in team scoring.
While many say the Maple Leafs need help on the blue line, a lack of movement on their part to bring Desrocher to the Marlies once Kingston was out doesn’t spell good news for the blue liner’s future in the organization.
Stats since drafted (in Allsvenskan): 110GP - 33G, 31A, 64pts
Playing in the lower level Swedish leagues since being drafted, Engvall has been an average winger. A seventh round pick is always taking a flyer on what ifs, and the Maple Leafs have liked what they’ve heard enough to bring him over to the Marlies on a try out contract for the post-season. He’s gotten into one game so far on his time over here. If he goes back to Sweden for next season, he’ll be moving up in the world, to play for HV71 in the SHL.
Stats since drafted: 108GP - 52G, 35A, 87pts
A personal favourite of mine, but you do want to see forwards go PPG or better in the OHL after they’re drafted. Korostelev has been relatively healthy but never cracked that PPG status — especially important in a player’s second post-draft season. Rumblings around the league suggest He was advised to try and move to the Eastern Conference where scoring could come easier and make him more attractive for his second go around in the draft.
Stats since drafted (NCAA): 151GP - 54G, 37A, 91pts
Named captain in his final year (Leafs prospects get named captain a lot) at UMD, Toninato has been a solid player, but nothing flashy on the score sheet. The Bulldogs won the NCHC title this year and finished second in the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four tournament, falling 3-2 to Denver in the final.
If Toninato was to stick in the organization, he would most likely play on a two way Marlies deal, like former team mate Tony Cameranesi did this year.
Stats since drafted (NLA): 141GP - 26G, 29A, 55pts
Auston Matthews’ teammate for the 15-16 season, Herzog is often forgotten about when talking about Leafs prospects. He’s been average at best in the NLA back in Switzerland, He played in the QMJHL for the Quebec Remparts after he was drafted, and joined the Marlies on an ATO that season, but went back to Switzerland and hasn’t participated in Maple Leafs camps in recent years. It’s most likely he’s already been dropped out of the Leafs organization, and will officially be done June 1st.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have five players to think hard about this year. They must decide on Desrocher, and Korostelev before June 1st or they’ll end up back in the draft, Engvall is ready to head back to Sweden already, but he could be a camp invite, Martins Dzierkals needs somewhere to go now that he’s aged out of the QMJHL, and Toninato has until August 15th to sign or become a free agent.
Would you keep any of these players, or would you take the chance and let them walk?
Who would you keep?
This poll is closed