Maple Leafs acquire veteran defensemen Luke Schenn from Canucks and Erik Gustafsson from the Capitals
Leafs trade away Pierre Engvall and Rasmus Sandin
TORONTO, February 28, 2023 – As the NHL trade deadline quickly approaches, the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to be busy and have just traded for two more veteran defensemen to boost their playoff hopes. After already trading for Ryan O’Rielly and Noel Acciari last week and picking up defenceman Jake McCabe, forward Sam Lafferty from the Blackhawks yesterday, the Maple Leafs announce today that the hockey club has acquired defenceman Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft. The Toronto Maple Leafs also have acquired defenceman Erik Gustafsson and Boston’s first round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenceman Rasmus Sandin.
The Leafs also announced today that the hockey club has traded popular forward Pierre Engvall to the New York Islanders in exchange for a third round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft.
Luke Schenn began his career with Toronto and won two Stanley Cups with Tampa Bay
Schenn, 33, began his career with the Maple Leafs after being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. Following four seasons in Toronto, Schenn suited up with Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Arizona, Anaheim, Tampa Bay and Vancouver. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has recorded 190 points (41 goals, 149 assists) in 918 career regular season games while adding three goals and three assists in 31 playoff games. During his tenure with Tampa Bay, Schenn helped the Lightning capture back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Erik Gustafsson represented Sweden four times at the World Championships and won a gold medal in 2018
Gustafsson, 30, has registered 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) in 61 games with Washington this season. Over the course of his eight-year NHL career with the Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Montréal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, and Calgary Flames, the Nynashamn, Sweden native has collected 187 points (39 goals, 148 assists) in 370 regular season games while recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 31 Stanley Cup playoff contests.
He has represented Sweden at the IIHF World Championships on four occasions, capturing a gold medal in 2018.
Gustafsson was originally selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
The NHL trade deadline is Friday March 3 at 3 pm ET.
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