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03-23-2013, 02:12 PM
Ricky Bobby
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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.
Kessel took a lot of assets to acquire.

Phaneuf and Lupul were overpaid reclamation projects which is how we got them so cheap. As we've got closer to the cap it's unlikely we can take a risk on a high cap player who wasn't coming close to earning his cap hit or has health concerns anymore (or more unlikely than before).

Gardiner no one expected to be this good.

We won't be picking top 10 anytime soon so how do we get a prospect as good as Rielly? Or a dman with the potential upside of Schenn that a team would trade us a JVR?

Neither Bozak or CMac are core players and this is still not a contending team.

I believe it's important to acquire assets for them that will allow us to package up to acquire another difference maker or at least lessen the blow of dealing assets like our own 1st or prospects like Finn, Colborne, etx.

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