Leafs' first-round pick Rielly enjoying whirlwind summer
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08-30-2012, 11:35 PM
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Why can't it happen?
Blacker, Percy have shown promise and if there is one position the Leafs know how to develop, it's defense.. despite our bad reputation. Finn was a steal in the 2nd round and living close to Guelph and watching a few games, I can say that he was often the Storm's best player, responsible at both ends of the ice and contributed heavily to the offense.
I'm quite shocked that the terrible Storm team actually made the playoffs. They don't have much talent.
I thought he'd be our first round pick for sure before we crashed and landed to 5th last.
Look at a team like Boston, the last "good" defenseman they developed was Hal Gill.. every other defenseman is from UFA or traded for.
Leafs have developed plenty of defenseman that are on other teams right now. There is a good chance Blacker, Percy, Finn are all NHL defenseman, doesn't necessarily have to be on the Leafs.
Also, the odds are usually against players drafted in rounds 3-7..they're basically like buying a lottery ticket. Rounds 1-2 where all of our young defenseman are drafted definitely have better chances to make the NHL.
That's the thing. Every year, every team drafts guys thinking they have drafted the next NHL regular. No one drafts players hoping for them to be busts but the reality of it is, not many players DO make it. Looking back at TML Drafting history, since 2000 to 2007, we have drafted 6 D-men who have managed to play over 100 NHL games. Of those 6, only one still is a Leaf (Gunnarsson). You really think we'll strike 4 in 2 years and they'll all be dressing up as Leafs?
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