Maple Leafs need to make deal with Oilers for top pick in 2012 NHL entry draft

We cannot say this for sure, but ever since Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said that the No. 1 pick he received in Tuesday’s draft lottery could be available for trade, you have to believe that the first call he received was from Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke … or KHL president Alexander Medvedev.

The KHL could use Nail Yakupov — considered the top prospect — and they might get him if the NHL fails to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the players before the start of next season. But the Leafs, who have the fifth-overall selection, truly need this No. 1 pick. Not so much because it will help the team, but because it will help erase the bad feeling in everyone’s mouth after a lousy second half to the season.

There might not be a whole lot of difference separating the first from the fifth overall selection in this year’s draft, but a No. 1 pick provides hope for the future. People throw draft parties and envision that the fresh-faced 18-year-old will develop into a franchise-saving star like Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos.

Yakupov could be that type of player. While he does not address Toronto’s need for a big centre, the dynamic winger appears to possess Pavel Bure-type speed and is the consensus top prospect in a draft that is lacking in “sure things.”

“For us, his skill-set stands out,” NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said. “He’s a very exciting player.”

That — perhaps more than anything else — is needed in Toronto right now. And unlike in 2009 when Burke was gunning for the right to draft John Tavares with the first-overall pick, the team might finally have the assets necessary to pull it off.

So what is it going to cost? Well, for starters, a defenceman. In the last five drafts, the Oilers have selected Taylor Hall (first overall), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (first), Magnus Paajarvi (10th), Jordan Eberle (22nd) and Sam Gagner (sixth). Where they could need help is on defence. But the top defenceman in this year’s draft, Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips, might not go higher than fourth or fifth overall.

20 Responses to Maple Leafs need to make deal with Oilers for top pick in 2012 NHL entry draft

  1. LeafsFTW17 says:

    There are quite a few options the Leafs have with their 1st round pick.

    They could:

    1. Trade up to pick one of Galchenyuk or Grigorgenko at center.

    – Apperently Howson has interest in Forsberg so a trade with Columbus doesn't seem too unlikely considering Forsberg will almost definitely be available at 5.

    To Tor: 1st(Grigorgenko/Galchenyuk

    To Cbj: 1st(Forsberg),Holzer, 3rd.

    That would probably be enough to trade up to 2nd overal, Holzer could maybe crack their top 4 D pairing by seasons end.

    2. Trade up to first overal for Yakupov.

    – Like said in the article, to get the Oilers 1st overal pick a young defenceman, the Leafs 1st round pick, + would be needed.

    To Tor: 1st(Yakupov)

    To Edm: 1st(Murray/Dumba), Schenn/Franson, Kadri, Scrivens.

    I think if Edmonton was offered this it would be stupid if they turned it down.
    They would be getting 4 more young Canadian players who are around the same age as their core(Eberle,Hall,RNH,Gagner).
    I don't know if Burke would pull this off, I'm a little iffy on this myself but I think I would definitely do it if it was Franson going the other way and not Schenn.

    3. Trade it for a current top 6 forward.

    -First thing that came to me when I thought about trading it for a top 6 forward was to Philly for Brayden Schenn.
    Matt Dumba is exactly the player that the Flyers want.  Big hitting D man and with Cutourier on their roster, Schenn is tradable.

    4. Trade it for a goalie.

    -I'm not too sure on this one because I don't know of many available goalies who I would trade this pick for.
    Bernier is avail. but I don't think I would trade the pick for just Bernier.

    Schneider is another who could be available but I'm not sure that the pick would be enough for him.

    Kipper would be a likely option but personally I wouldn't trade away a top 5 pick for a goalie who has maybe 3 more years left.

    5. Package it up for a #1 center.

    -Ryan Getzlaf, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton could all be aquired in a package deal surrounding that pick.
    Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan are other wingers who could also be aquired in a deal involving that pick.

    6. Keep it at 5th overal.

    -Keep it! Draft Forsberg, he has been compared to Alfredsson and Sundin.  The more and more I read about this guy the more I like him. 
    I'll still be happy if we draft him, even though he isn't a center.

    And my laptop is dying so I don't have time to proof read, sorry for any mistakes.

  2. mojo19 says:

    I think, given the nature of these rugged playoffs, there could be a market this summer for Mike Komisarek's services if Burke decides to move some money from the back end, up front, or just change the make up of the blue line.

    Komisarek had a front loaded contract, so although his cap hit will be $4.5 mil in each of the next couple years, his actual salary will be only $3.5 million.
    If the Penguins don't pull off the miracle and wind up losing to Philly I could see them being interested in Komisarek. Look how many more important minutes in the third a rugged Brooks Orpik played vs the smooth skating Paul Martin.
    Martin's cap hit is $5 mil a year for the next three years. So he's more expensive and locked in for longer but I could see him being a better fit with the Leafs who lack mobility on the blue line. Outside of Gardiner, really only Gunnarsson is a decent puck mover. Schenn, Dion, Komi, and Franson are all relatively weak in terms of mobility and a Komi for Martin swap could work for both sides.
    Also from what I've seen in the Vancouver/LA series, I believe Komi could've been a really useful player for the Canucks who had a hard time handling the rugged kings like Richards, Brown, and Penner down low.
    Maybe picking up a contract like David Booth ($4.25 cap hit and even more money owed in actual dollars, with 3 years remaining) would work in a swap for Komi.
    Booth had just 16 goals and 29 pts in 56 games for the Canucks this season. 23 goals and 17 assists the year before with Florida after missing almost all of the previous season with a concussion. Booth could be a reclamation pick up for the Leafs, and could be an interesting player to roll the dice on. The Canucks in turn would hope Komi can regain his old form in Vancouver.
  3. mojo19 says:

    Liles is a good puck mover too**

  4. mojo19 says:

    I didn't like the idea of the Leafs going for Luongo before, but now I think it would be alright. Vancouver will never be able to move Lu's contract without taking back some salary. Gillis would probably be more interested in expiring contracts which the Leafs have a couple of.

    I'd deal Tim Connolly, Matthew Lombardi, and Mike Komisarek for Roberto Luongo, David Booth, the rights to Sami Pahlsson, and a 2nd round pick (or 1st round pick if possible).
    I don't believe the Leafs could ever win a cup with Luongo in goal, and 10 years left @ $5.33 cap hit is maybe the worst contract in the league. But I am desperate to make the playoffs and I think Lu could get us there and will be a decent bandaid until a better goalie comes along. We will have to get rid of him somehow in the future, that's all.
  5. Steven_Leafs says:

    If that was the deal to get Luongo then Burke would be crazy not to do it. (Ignoring his hatred for those contracts)

    Connolly and Komisarek were failed experiments and while Burke likes Lombardi's speed, getting Luongo and Booth makes up for it. Of course Vancouver wont do it, I'd see them asking for Reimer/Scrivens+ on that deal but definitely something to look at, maybe Gillis is desperate to move his contract and we can pull off another Franson type steal.

  6. Steven_Leafs says:

    Dammit, no matter how many times I tell myself Eklund is a joke (most of the time), I cannot seem to stop getting excited by what he posts:

    "Just spoke to a source who met with the Leafs this last week and was told that not only are they prepared to go "All In" on Rick Nash, they are also planning to make a huge UFA signing as well. There are plans to bring "two stars in tandem" to the Leafs this summer. One via trade and one via signing.

    "they are going to sell each player on the fact that they are bringing in both players…"

    More to come"

    Giving up a huge chuck of our core for Nash may not be what many want but if getting Nash means getting a second star player for free then they have to do it.

    F*cking Eklund, why do I listen to you? lol

  7. mojo19 says:

    Ya that would be the only way I'd wanna trade for him. If Vancouver is desperate enough to give away some value and take back anything. The brutal Luongo contract balances out the trade anyways.

    If they actually want value for Luongo, then theres no chance the Leafs will trade for him.
  8. mojo19 says:

    I read that. Nash and Parise would give us a sweet pair of wingers.

  9. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah for sure but what would have to be given up for Nash and where would these guys play? lol:

    Kessel, Lupul, Nash, Parise, MacArthur, Kulemin on the wing
    Grabovski, Bozak, Connolly, Lombardi down the middle

    obviously one or more of these guys are likely to be gone but we would end up with 2-3 amazing lines of wingers with no one to center them, oh well do it anyway. 😛

    Why do I get the feeling, if it is true, the free agent they are targeting is one of Crosby, Getzlaf, or Staal in the 2012-2013 off season. Yep I think whatever we do this year, we should leave 10-15 mil open for the 2012-2013 off season (Connolly + Armstrong + Lombardi = over 11M in cap space freed up).

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Down the middle is still very bad…

  11. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I don't think it's Nash and Parise…

    I'm thinking Nash and Suter.

    Suter would be a great compliment to Phaneuf because his mobility as a defencemen would allow Phaneuf to roam more.

  12. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Just outta curiosity how can the Leafs make this deal happen with less than 7 million in cap space left and signing a goalie as a top priority?

    Remember Eklund this sums it up nicely..

  13. TheLeafNation91 says:

    That's what I wanted to know…

  14. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Is that really what he looks like?! Never seen his face before haha

  15. FlamingHomer says:

    I don't see Kevin Lowe and Brian Burke doing any type of trade in the foreseeable future. I'm assuming they still hate each other over the Dustin Penner deal.

  16. mojo19 says:

    We'll have to see if they allow to send players to the minors without cap penalty again next year.

    If they do allow for it I suspect Lombardi has played his way off the team and Connolly would be an easy target to play for the Marlies, but only if we've brought in someone more expensive and we absolutely need the room. Still, those two guys free up $8.25 in space.
    If they don't allow for sending players to the minors without cap penalty in the new CBA they're a suggestion that they could allow for every team to have a 1-off buyout that won't go against the cap. Komisarek is an easy target because he has multiple years on his deal. (Now to get crazy, I say in this scenario we flip Komi to the NYI for their buyout player, Dipietro and take on way more money, and the Islanders will compensate us in another way for eating that extra $15-20 mil in the buyout.)
  17. frankinboltonleafs says:

    We caught the Marlies game yesterday afternoon. Great game…,one thing became really obvious. We could have a serious third line in Frattin Bozak D'Amigo. If Mac, Grabovski, Kulemin can regain their form…that just leaves a C for Kessel Lupul. This Leaf team didn't look so bad after we left the Ricoh.  

  18. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Frattin, Bozak, D'Amigo could make a good third-line.

    I think Bozak is good two-way, can throw his body around, and can win faceoffs.

    What's wrong with that?

  19. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Nothing! Except….we've been talking about Nash Parise Statsny, etc. Connolly is a stop gap at 1st C. Lombardi would have to go. I didn't mention Kadri. Kadri is a pure talent. But he plays like a prima donna. On a PP he broke his stick and slowly skated to the bench with his arms in the air like it wasn't his fault, (while the PP was still in play). Another time he was stomped on…play leaves the zone…he's crying to the ref slowly leaving the zone while the guys are ready to come back in. He plays for himself. Buddy, (Kadri), it ain't about you…hustle out of the zone already!!!! He was something to watch and hard to watch at the same time. He is definitley trade bait.  

  20. THENOTORIOUS says:

     How can any of you think that Lowe would trade the #1 draft pick to the Leafs and Brian Burke, Wow!

     I hate to tell you guys this but your not getting the 1st or 2nd overall pick, period. What it would take the Leafs to aquire the 2nd overall pick from columbus, you would need at least Kessell, forget about Kadri, he isn't worth anything(yet). It would hurt the Leafs more than it would help them, as for the 1st overall pick, Lowe would trade it for Samsonov before he trades it to Burke.

     As for Nash, the Leafs aint getting him either, they have enough wingers, what they need is a #1 center.

     What make more sense would be.

    Liles, 2nd rounder in 2012, 2nd rounder in 2013 for the Islanders 1st rounder in 2012

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