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05-26-2012, 07:44 AM
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I agree with Stephen. Now of all times we need to be swinging for the fences with this draft.
What is with the build through just the draft garbage. Look at the Marlies, and see how great our guys are doing. When your AHL team is doing that well, and not out of no where either. You have to look at that and say....great job Burkie. Look at who is playing really well and its mostly Burkes acquistions, and most of them we didnt draft. Frattin, Gardiner, Di'Amigo, Deschamps, Scrivens, Colborne, Ashton.....all via NCAA or trade. I am not saying the draft is not important, but this draft more then any of late has a lot of players that are closer in skill level in the top 15 guys then usual. Meaning the key here is....if Toronto scouts did a good job scouting, we maybe be able to parlay our #5 overall and move up or down depending who Burke wants. I still think though we will not pick 5th and if anything move up, what with EDM already saying they will listen to offers for that #1...its not mystery they need dfence and would probably go after Ryan Murray, who is going to go top 10 for sure and probably higher. Though Murray was last ranked 12th OV that was before the Worlds Tourney where he didnt look out of place against NHL calibre players.
Besides all of the above; I really am scratching my head also because all you guys on here that say, Burke is stupid, OMFG we arent in the playoffs again fire Burke, and then after the season are worried about just the draft....I dunno what you are smoking. While building through the draft is not a bad option, it is not the best one for us unless we get an NHL ready player out of it. Does Leaf Nation want to make the playoffs next year? YES...will the same lot of you say Burke is stupid for picking blank 5th OV and the guy played in AHL all season, thusly not affecting the big clubs playoff run? YES....It is simple, in my eyes we need to get the pieces missing before the season starts to have a great shot at getting in...#1 goalie (veteran) #1 center...some more size and tenacious players (while being able to score). A lot of work for certain but if any one can pull it off Burke can. His job is on the line, and I think this off season we will see him make moves that previously he would have decided not to. In his season ending presser he acknowledged we did not have the players to make the playoffs and make a run and this off season he would be fixing that issue. Depending on the draft for that fix is not realistic, and our Marlies are looking amazing so dont go and say "what about the future."
I see Kadri gone this off season, and one of Colborne and Frattin which sux, but in order to get good pieces back in a deal u need to trade assests the other way....out of the above I'd rather keep Frattin out of the 3 I think he is going to be a great PFW with offensive upside...he is fridge with wheels and a shot...just what we need.
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