The top 6 players in this years draft are guaranteed to be all-stars and once toronto selects one of those players, that player will automatically be our best prospect.
The top two forwards that stand out are Yakupov, Grigorenko, Forsberg, Galchenyuk
The top two defenders that stand out are Murray and Dumba
Worst case scenerio for toronto is that all 4 forwards are selected by the time the leafs pick, but at least they can select Murray who is predicted to be a niedermayer type defenceman, or Dumba who will be a great all round defender. OR the leafs trade down to select the best available forward which is Faksa.
BUT I am quite confident that NYI will select a d-man which means that Toronto is GUARANTEED to get one of Grigorenko, Forsberg, or Galchenyuk.
That is a HUGE boost.
The good news for leafs fans is that we finally have our own first round pick in a draft where it's top 10 is stronger than it's been in the last 9-10 years.
I would even strongly use the leafs first round pick in 2013 as trade bait, the reason for that is, if the leafs have another bad season, than Burke may not even be around for the 2013 draft, so what does he care?
Maybe use the first round pick in 2013 to help us trade our second round pick up in this draft to another first round pick:
Like 1st in 2013 and 35th overall in 2012 for the 15th overall.
OR use the 35th overall pick and the first in 2013 for a goalie.