It is a good deal for us considering we don't know where we are going to pick in the 09 draft...
BUT, the 2009 draft features franchise players in the top 10 of the draft. And I am willing to bet we are going to have another pick in the top 7, and a good shot at the top 5 if MLSE wants a youth movement in Toronto.
A top 10 pick in next year's draft is like having a top 20 pick in this draft. Therefore no way.
You have that mixed up, dude.
It's like a top 5 pick in this years draft is more like a top 10-15 pick in the 2009 draft. But in terms of depth, the 2008 draft wins by a longshot. After the top 10 of the 09 draft, the talent level REALLY drops off.
People here are total Pessimists, it seems. This leafs team is not a lottery team. Not even close.
The rough start and Paul Maurice's questionable coaching killed the Maple Leafs this year. By late November the team went into a "**** it" mode.
With a semi-competent coach the leafs will be no lower than 12th pick next year. And thats to keep you pessimists happy. I'm not saying the Leafs are cup contenders but I do believe with some slight reworking done (which still kinda counts as rebuilding, I'm refering to trimming the fat, aka Blake/Tucker/Raycroft..), this team very well could get into the playoffs next year.
So I see this as what do I want more? Bogosian, and chance at Pieterangelo or Schenn, or the very same chance, Kubina, and a higher mid-1st?
I take this trade in a heartbeat. You might think differently, but this move makes more sense in terms of rebuilding than not taking it IMO.