Why Brian Burke, when Cliff is doing oh so well?

As the 2008 NHL Entry Draft came and went, no one could hide the shear enjoyment of Leaf fans all over the city of Toronto; as they finally felt they took some progressive steps into the direction to a positive rebuild. Though success could be miles away.

This year, the Leafs had the 7th overall pick in the draft, and was looking for the right player to build a franchise around. A day before the draft, news broke that the Leafs were attempting to trade up in the draft and draft one of the big four defenceman, most notibly, Niagra Ice Dogs defenceman Alex Pietrangelo.

On the day of the draft, their was no fear by Leaf fans for trading their 7th overall pick for another goalie as Vesa Toskala seems to be one of the best acquisitions that the Leafs made in years. Toronto was determned to move up in the draft, and they did, trading picks with Islanders to become 5th overall in the draft. With this pick, they drafted a punishing defenceman named Luke Shcenn of the Kelowna Rockets, with comparison to Adam Foote or Dion Phaneuf. Some conisder him to be the defenceman with the most potential in this draft, now its time to see how we do.

With their second round pick, the Leafs drafted Jimmy Hayes, a power forward from the United States. Hayes is known to be a powerful guy, with great speed and great hands, and not afraid to go to the net.

Also, the Leafs traded one of their multiple third rounders for Toronto native Jamal Mayers, a more defensive specialist who would be needed by Toronto.

A look at the Leafs probable top prospects list:

Luke Schenn
Anton Stralman

Justin Pogge

Jiri Tlusty
Nikolai Kulemin
Jimmy Hayes

So for something that was so thin a month ago, seemed to improve a tad after the draft. They have a future great goaltender in Pogge, some forwards in Kulemin, Tlusty and Hayes, and maybe a deadly defenisve pairing in Stralman and Shcenn. We all have seen what Stralman could do this year at the WC in Canada. Hopefully, he can bring it back to Toronto.

Ever since Cliff Fletcher came to Toronto, he has only made great moves for the Toronto organization. After this draft, no one I believe, can doubt Cliff’s ability to lead a rebuilding team.

So, lets ask the real question Leaf fans.

Why Brian Burke, when Cliff is doing so well?


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