Pierre Engvall is a fine placeholder in the lineup

Pierre Engvall has taken a path that we’ve seen many of the young prospects not named Matthews, Marner, and Nylander have taken over the last few years. He started out as the exciting new toy, had a solid start with the team, before fading into mediocrity. Kasperi Kapanen, Travis Dermott, Andreas Johnsson, we’ve seen it many times during this era.
But throughout all of this, Engvall emerged as a decent utility forward in the bottom half of the lineup, and producing okay results in the process. Not quite what you’re looking for in the depths of a contender, but he did the trick for a while.
At the end of the day, he didn’t cost the team, but he didn’t really do anything of significance either. He was, well, there, all season, and that’s probably all we could ask for out of a seventh round pick.
Season Recap
Engvall wasn’t in the lineup to start the season, as his waiver eligibility made it easier to keep him on the taxi squad to start the season. But, after about a month, he found himself in the lineup more often than not due to injuries …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Another tragedy at the TD Garden

Another tragedy at the TD Garden. An opportunity at a gettable path through to the Stanley Cup final squandered. It was antithetical Leafs; they generally outperformed Boston at even strength through the series, held the series lead three times, and held a one score lead at home in game six to threaten Boston’s elimination. And yet they earned a result so quintessentially Leaf, it likely surprised no one.
Easter Sunday’s game six loss in Toronto felt like a series loss. The hockey city’s dreary disposition Tuesday wasn’t helped by overcast skies, but the 2019 Maple Leafs had earned their fans’ skepticism. 2019 was, to put it frankly, a shitty season. The early promise of a juggernaut offense spearheaded by an otherworldly powerplay was quashed midseason and a stubborn coaching staff failed to adjust. After adding top ten NHL centre John Tavares and top pair left back Jake Muzzin, and with their young stars all one year older, the Maple Leafs failed to secure as many standings points as they’d earned the year prior and flamed out in nearly the same fashion. A few glaring mistakes. A poor goaltending performance. A coaching performance so poor it drew surprise …

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Author: Jake T / The Leafs Nation