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03-23-2013, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Pi View Post
The Leafs are drafting difference makers and trading for them too.

Kessel, JvR, Gardiner, Kadri, Rielly. These are all difference makers that were drafted/traded for.

Seems like none of these guys were picked outside of the top 20.

Go even further and you get guys like Lupul, Phaneuf.

The Leafs have like 5-6 players that are under 30 and were drafted top 10 by the Leafs or another team.
Agreed HFboards in general value prospect and picks a lot more than actual capable NHL players. Which doesn't apply at all in the real world.

Out of the players you listed, we have few who already have quite a bit of a respected/clutch performers come playoff time. Kessel, JVR, Lupul and Kadri (albeit in the Juniors, was phenomenal). People forget that and still want them gone.

Edit: I think Frattin was also well known for bring his game up when Playoffs came by.

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