The first things you notice about Engvall on the ice are his size and speed. Standing 6'5" with muscles on his muscles, Engvall skates like a player half his size. Upon the Islanders' acquisition of Engvall, GM Lou Lamoriello acknowledged the length and speed he provides.
“Pierre is a very versatile player. He’ll bring a dimension that he can play any one of the forward positions, and probably his biggest asset is his skating ability,” Lamoriello said. “He’s got a long reach, being 6-5, 220.”
While he may not provide much physicality, Engvall is willing to backcheck every shift. He disrupts the play by using either his speed, looking to intercept a pass, or using his reach to deflect a cross-ice pass.
Engvall also ptovides versatility. While the Islanders are set at the center position, Engvall can fill the position in a pinch but is better suited for the wing. He can play anywhere in the lineup, seeing time on the Islanders' top three lines last season. His likely best spot is on the third line, but if the chemistry is there with Palmieri and Nelson, he'll for sure see more time on the second line.