With next year's draft, tanking in and of itself isn't even necessary. We're bound to get a great player (assuming we keep our first) even around 12-18. In fact, I'd say that the top 20 or so guys for 2012 would rank much, much higher than the guys taken after 10 of this year's draft.
Once again, the Leafs fan-base of "Tank Nation" rears its ugly head. If we can't teach our current group what it's like to win, when will we ever win?
It's the kind of mindset that pollutes this board by promoting prospects as if they have some god-given right to dominate immediately. This isn't NHL 11 where you can take control of a player and lead him to multiple hat-tricks or the Stanley Cup for 10 consecutive seasons. This is the NHL - a league of real players, real skills, real feelings, real contracts, and infinite variables that makes the game and the players that play it unpredictable, frustrating, and legends.
Jesus. We've been talking about winning for the last couple of years, have finally seen major organizational improvements across the board, and the majority of you in this thread are still acting like every player under the age of 18 is going to be a star.
I dont think anyone is suggesting we tank, desperately want to see us in the playoffs....but there is such a small gap between 4th to 12th in the conference that anything can happen. Couple of injuries and a sub par season from a player or two, can vault any team from contender to a top 10 draft pick. This is why we need to keep our picks.
Boston never had any elite players outside possibly Chara. All they needed was a solid team effort, a little luck and an elite performance by their goalie for about a series and a half. Elite players help but team depth can win it too
I would call chara and thomas elite players.
Boston is an exception not the rule when it comes to a cup.
pittsburgh had crosby malkin and fleury as there elite players
chicago had toews kane keith seabrock as their elite players
anaheim Getzlaf, selanne pronger neidermyer and gigeure
tampa bay st louis richards lecavalier Khabibulin
detroit had daytsuk zetterberg lidstrom
b4 that yzerman hull shanahan lidstrom chelios & hasek
colorado sakic forsberg blake bourque foote roy
all these players won championships and were able to do their job using a great supporting cast. Burke is building a nice supporting cast with no superstars
Last edited by Leaf Lander: 06-29-2011 at 12:50 PM.