Maple Leafs Draft Day Game Plan

There have been countless proposals & wild speculation in regards to the Maple Leafs draft day strategy however, I would like to take a more logical look at the possibilities.

The Leafs currently hold the 7th overall pick in the upcoming entry draft which is speculated to be the deepest in years. The projected top ten NHL hopefulls all show the potential to be a solid building block for their respected NHL clubs.

Yes Brian Burke has stated that he would like to trade up for Tavares, but really, what NHL team doesn’t want that first overall pick? The truth is, The Islanders would be foolish to trade away the future of their franchise. Tavares would be key to turning around the Isles skill level on ice & financial situation off ice.

If Mr. Burke is to trade up, I believe he should go after the number 3 pick, which is currently held by the Colorado Avalanche. I think this scenerio is far more plausable & would provide both teams with a chance to speed up their rebuilding process.

To Toronto (from Avalanche):
3rd Overall pick – Matt Duchene

To Colorado (from Maple Leafs)
7th Overall Pick – Nazim Kadri
2nd Round pick (from Buffalo)

Some would suggest that Burke will keep his seventh overall pick & look to trade current Leaf players to get a top three pick. If that situation was to present itself to Burke. He would have to make some serious decisions in regards to the futures of Kaberle or Kubina & how they fit in the Maple Leafs gameplan moving forward. The Avalanche are not going to pass up Duchene for nothing so they would need one of the two mentioned defenceman & more. I suggest either

To Toronto (from Avalanche):
3rd Overall Pick – Matt Duchene

To Colorado (from Maple Leafs)
D. T. Kablerle
2nd round pick (from Sabres)

or

To Toronto (from Avalanche):
3rd Overall Pick – Matt Duchene

To Colorado (from Maple Leafs)
D. P.Kubina
2nd round pick (from Sabres)
2nd round pick (from Rangers)

Some would say that is to much for the Leafs to give away however, they might have to throw in a prospect like Jiri Tlusty or more picks as other NHL teams would love to get their hands on this Duchene.

IF by some miracle the Leafs traded for that number 3 pick & kept their number 7th pick. They would push their rebuild into another gear by selecting a top line offensive centre (Duchene) & a two way second line centre (Kadri) while keeping most of their prospects in tact.

Duchene, Grabovski,Kadri and Stajan would allow the Leafs depth at the Centre position while guys like Tlusty, Kulemin, Blake, Ponikorovski would provide support on the wings for the time being.

For the triple crown. The Leafs should try to get the best goaltending prospect in this years draft but this year, you may be able to get that in the second round. I would like to see the Leafs get Olivier Roy (QMJHL) or Edward Pasquale (OHL) as the Justin Pogge sitiuation isn’t as stable as most Leaf fans are lead to believe.

Agree? Disagree?


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