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01-23-2013, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Classic Devil View Post
Was Kessel worth it, Toronto?
It's tough, I always felt like it was a 'decent' gamble that completely backfired. Burke probably thought that Kessel put them over the hump as a playoff team and that the picks were going to be closer to #15. They had the #7 picks in 2008 and 2009 (traded up for Luke Schenn in 2008). It was early, but there were at least some indications that scouts thought the 2011 Draft was going to be lackluster.

If the initial pick had resulted in say Gudbranson/Fowler instead of Seguin, the trade wouldn't look so bad. If Toronto had won a couple more games that season, that pick would have been #3............

......remember that game when the McAmmond/Zajac/Pandolfo scored in the last 3 minutes to beat the Leafs 4-3 in regulation?

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