Jeremy Swayman Believed He Was Going to be a Maple Leaf on Draft Day

Published August 18, 2023 at 4:15 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have long struggled with their goaltending, and it has seemingly cost them several playoff series, but according to one top name, the team could have had a star.

A draft day blunder


Back in 2017, Jeremy Swayman was drafted in the fourth-round by the Boston Bruins, but on the Empty Netters podcast, he revealed that Toronto held plenty of interest, as he was told by his agent.

Due to his great performances in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, the connection was there with Canada's top team, but unfortunately for the Leafs, they ended up settling on another goaltender in Ian Scott, who has since announced his retirement.

The fourth round came and Toronto was up 110 and they picked a goalie,» Swayman said. «It was like ‘Alright, maybe not this year,' that kind of thing. Kind of bummed but at the same time hopeful still cause I talked to other teams.

A missed opportunity for Toronto

In his three seasons in the NHL, Swayman has put up some great numbers, with a 54-23-7 record through his first 86 games, while posting a .920 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA, all fantastic numbers.

Unfortunately for the Leafs, they've dealt with the up and down play of their current group, Jack Campbell and others in net at this point, so it's safe to say that this choice may have changed the trajectory of their franchise.

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Jeremy Swayman Believed He Was Going to be a Maple Leaf on Draft Day

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