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With the 2012 NHL draft creeping up quite fast and the Finals almost over, draft / trade speculation is going to start like a wildfire. So, I thought I would write a small piece about who Burke should draft (1st round), in my opinion of course.

1) Draft either Galchenyuk or Grigorenko, whichever of the two will be available. Galchenyuk, from what I've read, is the better player to pick and if Yakupov wasn't in the draft, he could have been the #1 overall pick. He thrived with Yakupov in 2011 and looked amazing paired with him. The only question others have about him is if he only played well beside such an amazing player. This, quite frankly, is a poor excuse to think he might be a bust. He's shown before he was drafted 1st in the OHL draft that he could score with the best. He's been best compared to Evgeni Malkin, which is a great comparison. Any team would want a guy like this, and if he falls to the 5th pick, I will be upset if the leafs don't take him. If he isn't available, however, I believe they should take the RW/C Grigorenko. People have questioned his work ethic, and that could prove to be his major downfall. But they can't deny the kid has talent. He led all rookies in the QMJHL with 85 points (in only 59 games). He had a lackluster quarter final exit with the Ramparts, registering only 10 points in 11 games. However, he discovered afterwards that he had been diagnosed with Mono. This, in my opinion, shows his spirit; instead of sitting out, he continued playing. Even though he thought it was only the flu, it would have been bad. Of all the players, he seems to have the highest ceiling. It seems like it would be a high risk high reward type of pick, and that's what I would like to see Burke do.

2) IF (big if) neither of them are available, take Mathew Dumba or Griffin Reinhart. I love the flare in Dumba. He's not the biggest defenseman, and yet he plays like he is. He LOVES to throw his body around, and can lead a PP with ease. Reinhart on the other hard is sorta the opposite scale; hes a big boy with a booming shot. He's been compared to Shea Weber, and look at how sought after he is. However, I wouldn't take them over the previously mentioned, as the Leafs biggest need is a centerman or goaltender, and goaltenders are too risky.

3) Trade away spare pieces for a Mid-Late 1st round pick, and take a goalie. I have a feeling Subban, Dansk and Vasilevski won't be around by the 35th pick, and the Leafs could use always use a goaltending prospect for the future. Of the three, I would take Vasilevski, Subban then Dansk, depending on who's available ( I don't know that much about Dansk, so he COULD be the better choice).

Now, today I've been hearing rumors of Burke talking about trading for the 1st pick, and taking Yakupov and Galchenyuk, much like what he did in 1999 with the Sedins. As awesome as that would be, I don't think it will ever happen. Edmonton would want a hell of a lot to trade away the 1st round pick, and I think Columbus would go the extra mile to get the pick. I'm thinking it would be something like next years 1st round pick, 2nd round pick, Schenn and Frattin. It gives Edmonton a young, defensive defensemen, a good two-way forward and two picks for next year. It sounds a lot like what we gave up for Kessel, and if they are going to give that much, I would rather Burke take a run at signing Carey Price to a contract.

So theres my thoughts. Also, my first blog. YAY!

Edit: People are suggesting Faksa over Grig. While Faksa is probably the safer pick, Grig seems like he could develop into the #1 center the Leafs desperately need, while Faksa is a good #2 looking center.
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June 8, 2012 1:08 PM ET | Delete
Toronto unfortunately has literally nothing EDM would want for the 1st overall pick. Especially if the 5th overall pick would need to be sent in a package to CBJ to move up to 2.
June 8, 2012 1:44 PM ET | Delete
gretzky, I respectfully disagree, the Leafs have the 5th overall pick which could be used to pick whatever defense is still there such as griffin reinhart. Also leafs have young defense, almost too much in which someone like schenn, gunnarsson or gardiner(though leafs probably wont give him up) would look nice on edmonton's roster
June 8, 2012 1:51 PM ET | Delete
June 8, 2012 1:53 PM ET | Delete
Also, how do you acquire the 2nd overall pick without giving up the 5th overall? Willing to send Kessel? He is your only player worth a top 5 pick. You guys do NOT have the assets to get the 1st overall AND 2nd overall. Trust me.
June 8, 2012 2:01 PM ET | Delete
Sorry I should clarify. To get Yak and Gal, you will need to do it at 1 and 2 because I doubt MTL lets Gally go past them
June 8, 2012 2:17 PM ET | Delete
I know yakupov is way better reinhart, but leafs would not be giving only reinhart fro yakupov, but throw in kadri, schenn ect. Ya im hoping montreal drafts grigorenko or forsberg instead and leaves gally with us. Watching him play a lot last year in Sarnia, I ssaw he didnt put up those points only becaus ehe was playing with yakupov.
June 8, 2012 2:21 PM ET | Delete
And The leafs would have enough assets to aquire the 1st and second overall picks. Its just they probably wouldnt want to give them up. For example, edm would 100% trade the 1st for the 5th and gardiner. I hope the leafs would never do that though. Then trade our 2nd rounder (34th due to nj forfeiting their 1st), schenn, kadri, colbourne, scrivens ect to clb for the 2nd. Clb needs help in all areas and they would be able to choose a bunch of leafs young players or prospects.
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June 9, 2012 1:24 PM ET | Delete
the leafs should avoid matt dumba like the plague, he'll end up just like phaneuf who is slow, out of position and defensively inept. the leafs need a centre with size and should draft one.
June 9, 2012 1:36 PM ET | Delete
I agree, I really hope we dont draft dumba. We have enough defense and it sounds like he justs goes for the big hit. If we draft a dman, it should be reinhart or something, but a centre with size will be best. I would rank them Galchenyuk (tho he will probably be gone), forsberg (though I think he will likely turn into a winger), grigorenko then faksa.
June 9, 2012 2:09 PM ET | Delete
@pbrsimps. Gardiner and the 5th 100% gets it done? LOL. The way you guys consistently and brutally overrate players after 1 good season is comical.
June 9, 2012 2:11 PM ET | Delete
if galchenyuk isnt there, which i dont believe he will be, i would rather take faksa over anyone else. Hes a more physical player who can not only score but can set up plays as well. we need a big body to make space and get the puck to kessel. Wont be ready this year, but could eventually mold into a gilmour type of player.
June 9, 2012 3:16 PM ET | Delete
I agree with the above. Leafs will draft Faksa as he more accurately fits the bill of the player toronto needs ie. a big physical centre who can do it all. The way things will probably shake up on draft day is this: 1.Yakupov 2.Galchenyuk 3.Forsberg 4.Murray 5.Faksa.
June 9, 2012 3:17 PM ET | Delete
Grigorenko will drop to the bottom half of the top 10 as he seems to have a questionable work ethic, plus Brian Burke has apparently never drafted a russian in his career (read this on another blog on this site), which I would not see changing any time soon especially for a player like Grigorenko who seems to have all sorts of question marks around him and from what I've read doesn't use his size as effectively as he can either.
June 9, 2012 3:17 PM ET | Delete
That being said, if Galchenyuk was available at the 5th spot which is very unlikely, BB would be all for drafting the Russian-American prospect as he's a damn good player.
June 9, 2012 3:19 PM ET | Delete
1: Yakapov 2: Murry 3: Galchenyuk 4: Forsberg 5: Grigerenko... unfortunate reality. Although from some of the interveiws that I've watched makes me believe that he is more mature that people give him credit for!
June 9, 2012 5:29 PM ET | Delete
EDM rejects offer of Gardiner 5th overall for 1st overall.
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June 18, 2012 8:44 PM ET | Delete
you guys seriously wouldnt take gardiner and the 5th for the 1st? I think Gardiner has the potential to be a top 2 guy. I know the sample size is small, but watching him this year its not when he does a great offensive play that makes him stick out, its his poise and panic thresh hold that really amazes me. Also, I know a lot of leaf fans treat gardiner like a god after one year but what about RNH? He had 1 good, if a little injury riddled, year, but doesn't he deserve to be praised?
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