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READ FIRST: The 2012 Draft Delima - IF the Leafs Had the #1 Pick

View Poll Results: What would you do with the #1 Pick as the Leafs?
Select Nail even though you still don’t have that centre? 98 79.67%
Draft a Centre and pass on picking the best player? 4 3.25%
Trade down a few spots to draft a centre and try to pick up some additional assets? 21 17.07%
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03-20-2012, 11:06 AM
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READ FIRST: The 2012 Draft Delima - IF the Leafs Had the #1 Pick

Say the Leafs end up with the 1st overall pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. How? Well – in ‘hypothetical world’, it could be that we end up with the 5th selection, and win the Lottery – or there are also rumours both Columbus and Edmonton are willing to deal the pick, so say we have the 8th selection (more realistic), and move it along with another pick and a more NHL ready prospect (Kadri / Colborne) to CBJ for the 1st pick. How is not the point.

Now – with the 1st pick – what would you do? The heads up top prospect is Nail – but he’s also a winger. Time and time again the tune of these boards is “we need to build around a centre, and the only way we’ll get one is with a top pick in the draft.” The top centre in the draft in Grigorenko – but he has huge question marks around his compete level. Galchenyuk may be a better pick, but could be had with the 4th or 5th pick.

So – assuming the answer of “Tank for another year to get a centre in the 2013 draft” is off the table based on a) the likelihood of happening is very low, and b) it’s just stupid to put all your hope on events out of your control … what do you do with the #1 pick in the 2012 Draft?

Select Nail even though you still don’t have that centre?

Draft a Centre and pass on picking the best player?

Trade down a few spots to draft a centre and try to pick up some additional assets?

I say you take the best player, period. Draft Nail, then look to trade for a centre in the offseason.

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03-20-2012, 11:08 AM
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Nail is too good to pass up on.

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03-20-2012, 11:09 AM
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Doesn't Grigo has compete level issues? I think Burke likely to stay away from that. Also, I heard that Yakupov is the best prospect since Crosby.

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03-20-2012, 11:09 AM
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If the Leafs somehow get the first pick I think they gotta take BPA according to their scouts, which will most likely be Yakupov

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03-20-2012, 11:10 AM
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I'd wait and see what Burke does with the pick.

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03-20-2012, 11:11 AM
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Nail is too good to pass up on.
This.

Move someone later for a #1 C.

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I'd say trade down to 3rd or 4th since we could still get Galchenyuk or any of the others slated to go in that range. We'd lose out on Grigorenko but he's the only C that we would miss on but he'd probably not be picked by Burke. Theres a ton of centers from 3-10th so getting the 3rd or 4th is the ideal spot. We could also gain another pick or prospect by trading down 2 or 3 spots. Yakupov would be a great pick to have but he's not what we need especially since he's a pretty small player and we have too many small players. If he was a little bigger I'd choose to stick with him since he'd increase our size at least.

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03-20-2012, 11:12 AM
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Nail is too good to pass up on.
This ^.

In 2008, would you have passed on Stamkos if you didn't have need for him? No. You make it work, look at Boston and Seguin for an example of how you draft the BPA and make it work.

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03-20-2012, 11:13 AM
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I still say take Grigorenko. I don't think the skill level between Nail and Grig is substantial enough to pass up on a #1 centre, which we desperately need.

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trade it for Ryan Miller and hope Burke can save his job, Burke is to good to pass up on

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03-20-2012, 11:14 AM
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You choose the best player. Just like Edmonton has done, even though their D is pretty bad they have kept on choosing the best player.

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03-20-2012, 11:15 AM
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i might trade the pick actually

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03-20-2012, 11:16 AM
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yakupov is too good of a talent to pass it up, you without a doubt take him.

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If the leafs pick first overall they pick yakopov, he is the bpa. Imo we will draft galy but if burke could trade someone like kessel for a #1 center our top line could look like: lupul-#1 center-yakopov. Or lupul-galy-kessel. Obvi I'm assuming haly and yakopov are going to meet there full potential

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I can't see it going over well if Burke moved down from the 1st overall pick. Imagine if the player he moved down to take busted? Of course there's potential for the 1st pick to bust too, but at least you have something to stand on by saying he was the consensus 1st overall pick. If Burke shifted down outside the top 2 picks to where it really gets into the 'toss up' area of who can go 3-5.. he's playing with fire.

Best thing would be to draft Yakupov, even though the Russian factor is in play (and yes - I know he might not be like other Russians, but it's still a risk).

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03-20-2012, 11:19 AM
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If the leafs pick first overall they pick yakopov, he is the bpa. Imo we will draft galy but if burke could trade someone like kessel for a #1 center our top line could look like: lupul-#1 center-yakopov. Or lupul-galy-kessel. Obvi I'm assuming haly and yakopov are going to meet there full potential
Lol if we got the first pick, Kessel would have to be going in that trade.

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I really only took door number three because it was the only one with the word trade in it.

Id be looking to flip that pick for a guy that helps maximize the Kessel asset. An elite centre would b far more useful at this point.

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03-20-2012, 11:23 AM
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Having RW depth of Kessel and Yakupov? No way Im turning that opportunity up. Thats awesome. Could possibly just move Kessel over to Center

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03-20-2012, 11:27 AM
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Toronto needs a guy who can drive the bus - A Sundin, Chara, Toewes, Weber, E Staal - a leader who goes out for 82 games and gives the team leadership and direction.

They can't get it through F.A. because no high level player who is in that category wants to be responsible for that in Toronto for 82 games over his career - it takes a special talent and personality, they have to get it in the draft.

All top 8 players are great talents, I'd take the one that seems like the natural leader and a future Captain who can drive the bus for 82 games

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03-20-2012, 11:29 AM
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Definitely Yakupov, I don't doubt Grigo's potential, but I just think he is more likely to leave to the KHL between him and Yakupov.

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Select Nail and run.

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03-20-2012, 11:38 AM
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You choose Yakupov with the #1, otherwise you trade it, but you certainly don't choose smoeone else with that #1.

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Remember the last Russian Winger to be drafted 1st Overall? Alex Ovechkin. Yeah.

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Pick Nail.

The only way I trade it is if were getting back a very young top line C. Like say if NYI wanted to bail on Tavares to save money.

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Having a chance to get the best player in any draft isn't a dilemma.

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