Because Yakupov has gamebreaking talent and is a step above the others in the draft class. The leafs have young blueline talent both on the roster and in the minors. The loss of Scrivens can be filled by others in the pipeline.
Columbus does it because their need for an overall improved roster trumps their need for a player with potential star ability. They'll be able to draft a great player with 5th overall, they get Gardiner who immediately improves their backend and they get goaltending depth with Scrivens, a player that may end up being a quality backup in the league.
Columbus does it because their need for an overall improved roster trumps their need for a player with potential star ability.
You might be surprised to know that this isn't actually the case. The blueline was actually shored up during the season with the acquisitions of Nikitin and JMFJ, but acquisition and injury timing (Tyutin was knocked out for the season less than a week after we picked up JMFJ) was such that the complete blueline managed to play all of three or four games together.
Incidentally, those were the games where Mason looked like a world-beater again - including the one in which we shut out Colorado.
Remember - when you're a hockey fan, it's not "reckless driving", it's "good forechecking".
"Viqsi, you are our sweet humanist..." --mt-svk on the CBJ boards
Thanks, Howson, for cleaning up MacLean's toxic waste. Welcome, Kekalainen; let's get good things built!
I'd go for that in an instant, and would also be willing to add in Marc Methot if Flames fans figure he'd help the blueline over there. (We don't desperately need to be rid of the contract to make a Kipper trade work... but it'd help.)
like previously stated the CBJ will never win the #1 pick! It pains me as a CBJ fan to say that, but its true. C'mon TOR not making PO's for 7 years they stand the best chance of getting the #1 pick (fixed)!! So the question is what can we get for #2 overall from CBJ perspective?