MAPLE LEAFS SIGN ALEX STEEVES TO ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Alex Steeves to a three year entry-level contract for the 2021-22 season.
Steeves, 21, skated in 29 games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA), recording 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) to lead Notre Dame and rank 10th among NCAA skaters, while earning a place on the B1G Second All-Star Team. Across three seasons at Notre Dame, Steeves recorded 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists) in 104 games and captured a B1G championship in 2019. Prior to playing at the University of Notre Dame, the Eden Prairie, Minn., native played two seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) and recorded 75 points (26 goals, 49 assists) in 108 games and won the 2018 USHL Scholar-Athlete Award, earning a place on the USHL All-Academic Team.
Pierre Engvall opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with a goal at 4:14 of the second period. He has a goal and two assists in three games against the Oilers this season. In eight career games against Edmonton, he has recorded seven points (2-5-7), which is his highest point total against a single opponent.
John Tavares scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 12:21 of the third period. Tavares has four points (2-2-4) over his last five games. He has nine points (3-6-9) in eight games against the Oilers this season.
William Nylander picked up the secondary assist on Tavares’ third periodgoal and later scored the Maple Leafs’ third goal of the night at 16:38 of the third period. Tonight’s game is his seventh multi-point game of the season. He has 10 points (6-4-10) in eight games against the Oilers this season.
Auston Matthews registered the primary assist on Engvall’s second period goal and later scored the overtime winning goal at 0:54 of the extra frame. Matthews has assists (2) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 11th multi-point game of the season. He has recorded 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in 18 games on home ice this season. He has four goals and one assist in five games against Edmonton this season.
Mitch Marner had the secondary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Marner has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded nine points (2-7-9) in eight games against the Oilers this season. In 19 games on home ice, he has recorded 24 points (8-16-24).
Alex Galchenyuk registered the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal and later had the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Tonight’s game is Galchenyuk’s first multi-assist and first multi-point game of the season. He has three assists in four games with the Maple Leafs this season.
Justin Holl recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Holl has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded seven of his 10 assists on home ice this season. With an assist in tonight’s game he has recorded at least one point against every North Division opponent this season.
Morgan Rielly registered the lone assist on Matthews’ overtime winning goal. Rielly has three assists over his last five games played. He has a goal and eight assists in 12 game during the month of March. In 19 home games this season, he has recorded a pair of goals and 11 assists.
Jack Campbell stopped 17 shots to earn his sixth win of the season.
The Maple Leafs were 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
At 4:14 of the second period, a video review was initiated to see if Maple Leafs forward Pierre Engvall directed a puck into the Edmonton net with this glove. Video review determined Pierre Engvall did not use his glove to direct the puck into the Edmonton net, therefore, the puck entered the net in a legal fashion. Original call is overturned – Goal Toronto.
Pierre Engvall and Ilya Mikheyev were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
Justin Holl was on the ice for a team-high 21 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. Holl finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 60.0% (21 for, 14 against).
John Tavares was 3-for-3 (100%) in the faceoff circle against Edmonton centre Leon Draisaitl and 5-for-5 (100%) in the faceoff circle against Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Monday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
Wednesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
Friday, April 2, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, TSN 1050)
Sunday, April 4, 9:00 p.m. at Calgary Flames (TSN4, FAN 590)
Monday, April 5, 9:30 p.m. at Calgary Flames (TSN4, FAN 590)
Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.