At 5 we're guaranteed one of the top guys so I'm fine either way, but I certainly wouldn't complain if we added a reasonable sweetener to the 5th pick to get Yakupov. Burke needs to do something big this offseason and making a move like that would be a good start.
That 1st pick might be just too sexy for Tambellini to trade away -- how else is he going to keep that grin on his face if he trades it away?
I'm sorry but to move up 4 spots thats too much. These writers really need to stop trying to put their agenda out there with these non sense editorials on what they think the Leafs need to do. Terrible idea. Just stay where we are and take the BPA I'm not willing to give up our first with Ashton AND Franson AND by the way here's a second round pick...just to take Yakupov when we have a chance at Galchenyuk who actually fits a need..just laughable B.S
If there was any doubt in his mind, he would have hinted at it and not have been so blunt about his answer.
As Superstar said, what other source would you rather then the man himself?
Are you suggesting that everything every GM says is the absolute truth??? If he didn't want to draft a russian, it would be ideal for him to say he has no problem drafting a russian, in order to keep the value of his pick as high as possible. If other GMs know that he doesn't want anything to do with a russian, they gain leverage. Simple as that.
It is ignorant to suggest whatever he says is the truth. Jeff Carter, according to Holmgren, wasn't being traded just a couple weeks before he was dealt.
Edmonton giving us five first rounders for Schenn.The most I would give for first pick is ours 2012,Franson and a second rounder from 2013.That is it!Burke will need all his assets just to land a number one center.Can't happen,you must be an Oiler fan eh?Nice try...
I just can't see a reason for the Leafs to move up for Yakupov with Kessel being on this team. The assets are better spent for a position of need instead. I would rather just pick at 5. I would support any move however that has us move up to pick Griegorenko, especially if the scouts think he is close to NHL ready.
I guess the writer was just using Nail as a representation of a big move that Burke has to make. He doesn't necessarily have to go out and get Nail, but a big move has to be made.
This year was different for Leafs fans. The letdown was a lot worse than usual, and the anger and frustration of Leaf fans is at an all time high. Every single thing Burke does or says is met with criticism, so he needs to do something big in order to give the fans something to look forward to. If we go into next season with basically the same roster, why is there any reason for optimism?