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05-21-2011, 04:27 PM
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Talks to Goalposts
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Leafs fan coming in peace.

You want to talk about 1st round failures?

96: None
97: None
98: Nik Antropov
99: Luca Cereda
00: Brad Boyes
01: Carlo Colaiacovo
02: Alex Steen
03: None
04: None
05: Tukka Rask
06: Jiri Tlusty
07: None
08: Luke Schenn
09: Nazem Kadri
10: None

Since '95, we've had 6 years with no 1st round pick, Cereda never played an NHL game, Rask never played a game for the Leafs, and 5 others have been traded. Only Schenn is still an impact player on our roster (though hopefully Kadri will be as well next season).
The Leafs first round failure to me seams to be not having picks in the first round, rather than being pecularily bad at it. Since 2000 only Tlusty would qualify as a truely bad pick. Of course every player picked from 2000-05 was also part of a bad trade as well. Toronto has an undeserved reputation as a bad drafting franchise. At the draft they're fine, its the trading of picks and young players that's done them in.

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