I want the Leafs to make it, but I don't think they will.
And I think we need to look at what can be done this summer for the long term health of the franchise. Meaning if we're out (or even a big long shot) at the deadline, we need to be sellers and stockpile picks for this deep draft.
The only reason to go with the veterans IMO. I hope some of them perform well enough for us to stockpile a few high draft picks. There is no doubt the youth movement is on its way, but I'm thinking trade deadline day or training camp next season is when we're going to see it. A couple more first or second rounders would be nice, it would be interesting to see what our scouting staff could find later rounds as well, give those Euro scouts some picks to play with.