Man, the meltdown after the Kadri pick on this board was EPIC. Almost everyone wanted MPS. Myself, I saw Burke picking Cowan (as Schenn was gone). I was shocked at Kadri, but not disappointed.
Yea the Kadri pick surprised me but I knew he had talent just not the guy I wanted. I was also defending Cowen hard out as a lot of people were bagging on him for bing a big slow defenseman. He's recovered nicely from his injury though good pick for the Sens.
Really only started paying a lot of attention to the draft in 2007:
2007 (when we had the 13th overall pick): Logan Couture, Lars Eller, Colton Gillies
2008: Colin Wilson, Luke Schenn, Mikkel Boedker
2009: Brayden Schenn, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, Zack Kassian
2010: Knew we didn't have a pick, didn't really pay attention.
2011: Ryan Strome (wanted him so bad, was hoping we could swing a trade), Mark McNeill, Boone Jenner, J.T. Miller, Matt Puempel, Ty Rattie.
I was really disappointed with our 2011 draft. Time will tell if I was right.
<--- I didn't follow this draft as much since we had low picks and didn't get them until later in the year. I am actually quite happy with the Percy pick now that I've read more about him, though his injuries are obviously a concern.
2011- Tyler Biggs and Matt Puempel
2010- Bradley Ross. I went crazy when Burke traded into the 2nd round to get him.
2009- Zack Kassian
2008- I'm embarrassed to admit I wanted Filatov. If he was already gone I wanted to trade down and get Kyle Beach.
2007- Keaton Ellerby or Alexei Cherepanov
2006- Chris Stewart
2005- Andrew Cogliano
Only player I saw enough to hope the leafs would draft him was Kadri. He was lights out for the Knights in the playoffs that season.. Dare I say, out played Tavares. I wss VERY happy when the leafs drafted him.
Obviously the jury is still out on whether he will ever be the player I envisioned, but I still have high hopes.