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From Fox News:
The word is out. Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is looking to swing a deal.
Burke informed the media at the NHL Scouting Combine on Saturday that he would be willing to trade one of his two first-round picks and a second-round selection (No. 39 overall) to move up in what he feels is as deep a draft as there’s been in some time.
“We’re trying to move up, but haven’t had any luck yet ... it’s still pretty early,” Burke said. “We own the 25th pick (from Philadelphia) and either a 29 or 30 from Boston (depending on the result of Stanley Cup Final), and we’re trying to package 39 and one of those first-rounders.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
(Bob) McKenzie remembers when the NHL draft went glam. “That had to be 1984 when Mario (Lemieux) was the first choice and wouldn’t put on the Penguins jersey in front of the cameras,” says TSN’s veteran draftnik. “That was high drama. Then Montreal spirited Peter Svoboda out from under the stands in the Canadiens’ jersey, and the Habs fans at the Forum just went crazy. It really hasn’t been the same since.”
Okay, it wasn’t the “J-E-T-S” groupies losing their minds at the NFL draft, but for the sleepy NHL draft the 1984 Lemieux soap opera was a revelation.
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
It sounds like the makings of yet another reality TV show.
Contestants are told to sing, while being asked such philosophical questions like if they prefer a gun that is loaded with bullets, or poetry. As they answer, pieces of candy are thrown at their heads.
For the 100 players willing to undergo these 20-minute “no-holds barred” interviews at this week’s National Hockey League draft combine in Toronto, the grand prize - being drafted by an NHL team next month - seems worth any humiliation.
From Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
As the trading deadline approaches, fans prepare for the familiar scene.
The also-rans ship out their veterans. In return, they may take youngsters with potential, but only when they can’t get first-round draft picks. Those first-rounders are widely believed to be the most valuable currency in the National Hockey League.
Listen to the average fan and he knows the answer: “You’ve got to build through the draft,” he will say. “You need to start with good young kids and you only get them with high draft picks.”
Nice theory. Totally wrong.
From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
As the NHL struggles to grab its fair share of the spotlight in so many American markets, it makes good sense to appeal to the most basic emotion of the sports fan: hometown pride. Even the most hockey-savvy crowds aren’t immune to the tug. Look at how Edmonton-born Fernando Pisani is treated by Oilers fans, for example, or how every trade rumor out of Montreal involves Les Habitants bringing home some local boy and granting him his bleu, blanc et rouge birthright.
These connections create excitement. So why not tweak the NHL’s current draft system to create more of those situations, especially where they’re needed most, by giving teams first right of refusal to local prospects?
from Alex Shprintsen at the Globe and Mail,
It is patently obvious the Leafs have had an utterly incompetent collection of scouts during the past 20 years. That must change and quickly, but it’s not that difficult to do. For the $5-million a year the Leafs are paying Kubina, they could hire the best general manager in the business and complement him with the combined scouting staff of the Red Wings, Devils and Avalanche.
This could happen quickly or slowly. Quickly, if the Leafs management were to decide to blow up the current team, getting rid of everyone they could and securing draft picks along with cap space, rebuilding the Penguins’ way by getting high first-round picks for several years. The other — the slow or the very slow — way is to rebuild the team through attrition and gradual smart drafting.
Either way, ultimately, the Leafs’ simplest direct solution is to spend their money to raid the scouting staffs of the most successful teams.
read on to see how the Leafs have drafted compared to othe NHL teams…