If by the time the Leafs pick and most of the centres are gone, that would mean the Leafs would pick around the 15th pick possibly. That could be way too far for someone like Jones and Pulock. Could still get a decent player but none of the top players that people have been eyeing all year.
I hope we find our way into the top 5 or 10 in the end.
Not sure, actually. Last year Burke said "this might be one instance where we choose positional need over BPA", meaning (I'm inferring) that if Galchenyuk was on the board at 5 AND Rielly, he would have taken Galchenyuk based on positional need.
I'd think something similar would happen next year. It really depends on the gap between Jones and, say, Barkov. I haven't seen both enough to make an educated decision, but that #1C has been missing forever. BUT. That franchise defender is also missing. If Seth Jones can be that, then I take him 10 times out of 10.
All this being said, we probably won't get a top 3 pick.
If it's Jones then we should take him no question, but nobody else really that I would do it for. BPA is very subjective too, and once you get past the top 5-10, it becomes very opinionated with no clear answers.
I know its wayyyy too early, but I would take Barkov over Jones. Physically the most complete player in the draft, great scoring touch, responsible in all 3 zones, and beat up the Americans 5-1. Anyways I see it coming down to us getting a top 10, Barkov should be gone top 3. We should draft the BPA, unless its a cant miss like Monohan/Shinkaruk/Drouin are still on the board.