What does that have to do with the thread at hand?
Play it your way?
This is becoming comical, you said you were worried about Drouin's size, Savard ring a bell, instead when I asked you what was mackinnon's size you go into this Abbott and Costello routine. You can't even remember your own posts.
Perry, Getzlaf, Roy, Weiss, Horton, Clowe, Filppula, Smid, Howard, Backstrom all come to mind.
Plus whatever players become available in trades.
If the Leafs are out of it by the deadline which is looking very likely the time to trade Grabo is then. There will be little to no market for him in the off-season. After the deadline he is a declining trade asset. When an analyst like Pierre McGuire says we're asset poor he is right.
One of the ways a team can get better is by trading their good but not top building blocks for picks/prospects at their high value point and gain cap space/flexibility to use later on.
The Panthers gutted their team core (Horton, Ballard) and are now in a better place for it.
Minny traded Burns for a nice package and the following summer had the cap room to sign Suter/Parise.
Ottawa traded Fisher and now have one of the best prospect pools.
LA traded Cammi for a futures package.
In almost every trade where a player with a significant salary is traded that team is looking for picks/prospects. Toronto needs to line up more picks/prospects and cap space to get some difference makers on this team. A lot of teams will be needing to shed salary.
None of those players are available.
At the deadline the Leafs have $29,049,703 cap space, and have $16,334,167 available space for next year.
You even use trades which means salary out salary in.
I'm not too concerned about size, but watching both play, Mackinnon has a significantly stronger core.
Mackinnon plays more physical, like Crosby, and he's had his concussion problems, given he is small in stature, a worry for Drouin by the poster above. His style may be a style he needs to adapt against NHL'ers.
Drouin is slippery, and he's elusive, a point can be made he can handle the NHL better since he doesn't play a physical game.
Anyway, I was just making a point, the poster above said he had concerns about Drouin's size, but has been pumping Mackinnon's tires all year. Hypocritical assessment I thought that was.
I think a major component behind a successful team is chemistry and chemistry needs to be gained with experience. The Leafs have like 4 guys I can think of off the top of my head that they have drafted on this roster. We could start over and build that way or we could keep this current core group of guys together and add pieces hoping they'll find some sort chemistry and and take the necessary steps to becoming a contender. I wish I had a definitive answer for which direction will lead to a successful franchise in the near future.