by PuckStopsHere on 11/11/11 at 03:38 PM ET
The top scorer in the NHL is Phil Kessel. He leads the NHL with 12 goals and 23 points. He was drafted fifth overall by the Boston Bruins in 2006. In 2009 he was traded to Toronto for three upcoming first and second round draft picks. These picks turned out to be Tyler Seguin, Jared Knight and Dougie Hamilton.
The top scorer in the AHL is also in the Toronto system. He is Joe Colborne of the Toronto Marlies. He was the Boston Bruins first round draft pick in 2008. He was traded to Toronto last season along with a couple draft picks for Tomas Kaberle. One of the picks was later moved on to Anaheim and a 2012 second round pick remains.
It is quite a coincidence that the top scorers in both the NHL and AHL are former Boston Bruin first round draft picks who have since been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This shows us that Toronto and Boston are regular trading partners. On first glance it appears that Toronto has been the beneficiary of these trades as they have the top scorers in both leagues, but this is not so obvious. Tyler Seguin is tied for the NHL lead in +/- and is 12th in the NHL scoring race at age 19. Potentially he could be the biggest prize of the players involved in these deals.
The other players involved are all potential NHLers except for Tomas Kaberle who left Boston as a free agent as has no future value. Even though Joe Colborne leads the AHL in scoring, he isn’t playing in the NHL. Who is to say that he will succeed at the NHL level?
Toronto may have the current league top scorers in Phil Kessel and Joe Colborne, but the jury is out as to who won the Toronto/Boston trades. Both teams have acquired at least one quality NHL player and there are more who are not yet NHL ready who have potential. These trades could make or break the futures of the teams involved. It will be interesting to watch to see who comes out ahead in the future.
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