Signs pointing to Engvall being the odd man out

In what could be a prequel to next summer’s Expansion Draft, it looks like Pierre Engvall is the odd man out…

Today’s @MapleLeafs practice lines and defensive pairings:
Nylander-Matthews-HymanMikheyev-Tavares-MarnerRobertson-Kerfoot-KapanenClifford-Gauthier-SpezzaEngvall
Muzzin-HollRielly-CeciDermott-BarrieSandin-Marincin#LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) July 29, 2020

Going into the exhibition game against Montreal it appeared that Engvall was to be the Leafs fourth line center, but today those responsibilities seem to have shifted back to Freddie Gauthier.
By the eye test last night, Gauthier did seem to be the better player. He was more noticeable at both ends of the night, while Engvall was solid, but seemingly less involved.
By the numbers…
Engvall didn’t register a shot on goal last night, while Gauthier registered one high danger scoring chance. Neither saw a ton of ice time for that matter either, with Engvall playing only 3:45 total, while Gauthier had 5:58 at 5v5. Both saw some time on the penalty kill as well. Of all the Leafs, Gauthier and Engvall had the two lowest ice time totals.
The on ice numbers favour Engvall, who was much more of a low event player. He was a 50% Corsi For% player based off of two events, and had 100% …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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