Pierre Engvall, of Ljungby Sweden, is looking to forge a path to the NHL much like his fellow countrymen Andras Johnson. Both Engvall and Johnsson were drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 7th round. First johnsson drafted 202nd over all in 2013 then Engvall 188th overall the following year.
Engvall, like most late round picks did not receive a ELC (entry level contract) and was sent back to Sweden for further development. In Engvalls first 2 seasons after being drafted he showed zero Signs of development putting up only 24 points in 60 games in that time period. After his second season back in Europe Kyle Dubas gave engvall a chance to see what he could do in the AHL on an ATO (amateur tryout) but never played a game. Engvall was then sent packing back to Sweden, this year things were different, In Engvalls last season of being Maple leafs property he managed to break out, Engvall would post 40 points in 50 games again putting him back on the Marlies radar. He again was given a chance on a ATO but this time he’d suit up for 9 games in the regular season for the Marlies where he’d put up 8 points 4 goals 4 assists and added another 8 points during the playoffs.
His performance wouldn’t go unnoticed, Engvall was finally given an ELC upon signing and was asked if he thought it would happen for him and he replied “I didn’t expect too much. I knew I had to work for that contract. I knew if I did my best, I would get it, that’s what I’ve been trying to work towards for the last four years. I’m really happy. I got a good start when I came here, I got to play with good players, and it worked out for me.”
Engvall is great at picking pucks off the wall and attacking the middle, a work horse, with a winning attitude, Engvall dove into film sessions and drills making a lasting impression with head coach Sheldon keefe.
The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Swedish Engvall has been steady in his development since seasons start, However there’s still a lot of development to be had. Keep an eye out for this kid as he’s getting closer and closer to an NHL Debut.