The NY Islanders have been dealing with an injury bug that has had Mathew Barzal and J.G. Pageau sidelined, as well as Cal Clutterbuck and Oliver Wahlstrom who have been out long-term. After the Bo Horvat acquisition, the Islanders have been short on bodies since sending Anthony Beauvillier and Aatu Räty to the Vancouver Canucks, two forwards that were part of the Islanders' everyday lineup. With the Islanders holding onto the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, it's been expected that Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello is going to add to his roster. On Tuesday afternoon, Lamoriello and the Islanders acquired Pierre Engvall from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2024 third-round draft pick.
Engvall is in his fourth NHL season, spending the last three-plus seasons playing for the Maple Leafs. In 58 games thus far, Engvall has scored 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points. His previous career high is 35 points last season when he scored 15 goals and 20 assists.
Engvall has been to the postseason in each of his last three seasons with the Maple Leafs. Toronto struggled to get out of the first round of the playoffs as a whole, but Engvall served well in a bottom-six role in the first round last year collecting three assists in seven games.
Engvall is known as a forward who is a versatile two-way winger with solid puck skills. He loves to carry the puck in transition and moves the puck well out of the defensive zone while being a great forechecker to boot. One of Lane Lambert's biggest criticisms of his team is how they struggle to get the puck out of their own end and it appears Lamoriello has attempted to address that need.
The Swedish left shot, left winger is on a one-year contract that carries a $2.25 million average annual value. Engvall (26) was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft, 188th overall by the Maple Leafs.