Thread: Proposal: Leafs need a #1 center
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02-07-2013, 07:25 PM
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Very very few legitimate 1st line centres in the NHL are acquires via trade. Theyre almost all drafted, NYR got one in free agency.

Thornton is quite literally the only example. Unless you count guys like M. Richards, Carter, Ribeiro, etc, who are all 1B guys. Buffalo got Hodgson, but his upside isnt considered to be franchise C material anymore.

Leafs pretty much have to draft one. Prospects projected to be top line Cs, very likely wont get traded. Most of those are already in the NHL anyways. Leafs could do what Buffalo did and acquire a good C prospect who has an outside chance of becoming that calibre, but isnt expected to (Coyle as an example), but not guys like Huberdeau, Galchenyuk, etc.

This draft has a ton of high quality C prospects. I kinda see it as the forward version of the 2008 draft. This is the year for Toronto to sell off assets, and try and walk into this draft with something like three 1st round picks, and use that flexibility to move up if needed to get the 1 or 2 guys theyre targetting.

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