Knock on wood here, but if there isn't a season next year due to a lockout the Leafs should have a hell of a chance at the top pick. Anyone remember the formula they used when Pittsburgh got Crosby, something like the worse you did in the past 5 years the more chances you got? Anyways, Nathan Mackinnon would look good as our #1 centre.
the formula was to give Pitt Crosby or they were going to fold in Bankruptcy.
...then it was a weighted draft from the bottom up, which was 100% unfair, as teams like the Pens who had just drafted Malkin would not have finished dead last again.
Its the "Draft Schmaft" Murphy' Leafs destiny law that seals Leafs fate, every time..
Similar to the #4 overall pick in the 1997 draft traded away by Leafs and was used to select goalie Roberto Luongo, who now many fans desire a mere 15 years later to turn the teams fortunes around. Simply keeping and drafting Luongo would have had him here a decade and half earlier.
How about needing Tom Kurvers so badly that Leafs dealt away the pick that was used to draft Norris Trophy winning dman Scott Neidermayer #3 overall in 1991, and that was actual a good outcome as Leafs made more bad trades mid season to avoid the pick being #1 overall and Eric Lindros instead.
Boston wins a Stanley Cup and yet still has a top 10 ranked prospect pool, because Leafs felt the need to prop up another organization with our picks rather than build through the draft themselves due to GM impatience and Murphy's law taking over and doing the rest taking the Leafs to the bottom of the league.
The 2012 and 2013 1st round picks sit precariously now in jeopardy as Leafs head into summer looking for trades to bolster the struggle team for next year. Then we can all sit back and hear the GM echo out those infamous words again that "July 1st is our entry draft" for Leaf Nation.
Rinse repeat.. "Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
why do you continually quote Cliff Fletcher ...let it go man, just let it go!