Kyle Dubas moves quick, but BD Sports moves quicker (we don’t, we’re trying to process everything that has gone down this past hour).
The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent forward Pierre Engvall to the New York Islanders in exchange for their third round pick in 2024.
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Engvall was drafted by the Leafs 188th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and has been a permanent fixture in the Leafs lineup since 2019/2020. The Swede has tallied 12 goals and 21 points in 58 games this season playing in the Leafs bottom six. Last season he had his most productive offensive season with 15 goals and 35 points.
Toronto resigned Engvall this past offseason to a one year $2.25 million deal.
The 6’5 Swede is a good two-way winger and loves to carry the puck. On top of his great transitional skills, comes a hardworking forechecking ability with a never relenting attitude, while also carrying a lethal shot that can be used seldomly.
Kyle Dubas wasn’t done however as shortly after it was announced that Engvall was on the move, it was reported by Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman that the Leafs had reaquired defenceman Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks.
Schenn was the Leafs fifth overall draft pick in 2008 and played parts of four seasons with the Leafs before being sent to the Philadelphia Flyers in a deal which saw James van Riemsdyk head to the Leafs.
Since 2012, Schenn has spent his time in the NHL between the Flyers, Kings, Coyotes, Ducks, Lighting and finally with the Canucks, he also helped the Lighting win back to back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021.
In 55 games this season, Schenn has 3 goals and 21 points, but he won’t be on the Leafs blue line to put up many points. Schenn ranks #1 in hits league wide this season with 258, in addition to Noel Acciari who ranks 9th on the list with 187. It’s clear that Dubas has emphasized a lot more physicality at this deadline than in years past.
It has all come full circle for the Saskatoon born defenceman as he looks to aid the Leafs in what could potentially be one of the most important playoffs in franchise history.