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05-04-2013, 02:22 PM
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pucky
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Sorry, but, I have to add some controversial criticism here. I thought the scouting was supposed to be much improved. Yet, Kostka and Fraser come out of nowhere (I don't know who they are or what they've done).

The Leafs supposedly upgraded their scouting and Burke was wanting all these accolades and credit.... LOL! Sorry, I think that is absurd (of him). I see very little improvement if any with the scouting when it comes to dmen. When other teams are finding gems but the Leafs are playing AHL scrubs and guys they traded for, I don't see the improvement in the scouting dept.

Then, I read this:

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/05/03...or-bruins-days

Kasper came up with Kostka and Fraser?

I dunno, Steve, but, I'm not sold on those two. I think I'm a half decent judge of talent. I don't think I'm going to get a job as Leafs director of pro scouting but I like to think I can spot some things.

I still think giving up on Jason Smith was a major mistake. Trading Kenny Jonsson was dumb (when it happened) and despite his injuries, he had talent when he was traded. But, the Leafs always 'see talent' in scrubs and pylons and they hold on to them for too long. But, they trade the few talents they have on D. I hope they don't trade Gardiner. He's not tough or a physical dmen but he has wheels. The Leafs need some good skaters on D and some guys who can be physical but don't skate like they're trying to make it through concrete.

I don't see Kostka or Fraser as guys that are going to gradually or suddenly improve. I think the Leafs still need to work on improving their core (at D). However, they have to make do with what they have this year. But, c'mon, they must have better choices and options than Fraser/Kostka?????

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