Dave Nonis: PLEASE GET US A #1 CENTER
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02-08-2013, 05:41 AM
Join Date: May 2008
Looking at top centres around the league, franchise calibre players.... Theyve almost exclusively been drafted by their teams. #1 Centres essentially never get traded, Thornton is literally the only example, unless you count guys like M. Richards, Carter, Ribeiro, etc. who i consider to be 1B guys. Even in free agency, B. Richards is the only example.
Crosby, Giroux, Tavares, Bergeron, Spezza, Backstrom, E. Staal, Stamkos, Toews, Datsyuk, Duchene, Sedin, RNH, Getzlaf, Kopitar, etc were all drafted by their respective teams.
So we can do what Buffalo did, and roll the dice on a good C prospect, but not quite an elite one (something comparable to Hodgson, such as Coyle for example). Personally i want the Leafs to just acquire more 1st rounders for this draft. We have some guys to sell, this is a superb draft, we need to try and get a top top C prospect, and i cant see teams trading guys like Huberdeau, Galchenyuk, Granlund, etc to us, so we probably have to draft one ourselves.
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