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As it sits today, the Leafs are in last place and with the greatest chance (20%) of landing the first overall pick for the first time since 1985 (Wendel Clark). Auston Matthews grew up playing in Scottsdale, AZ watching the then Phoenix Coyotes play. Currently the Coyotes are sitting in a position likely to get the 10th overall pick. My question to you is, would the Leafs trade their first overall pick and if so, for what?

Undoubtedly, Arizona could use some hometown heroics and have the young guns in the system to make such a deal happen if they so choose. But what would make Toronto bite? What would make them throw away their first real chance to get a franchise center since Mats Sundin. A position woefully underserved for almost a decade now on the Blue and White.

The leafs wouldn’t consider rentals or anyone with a "3" at the beginning of their age. They are light on size and defensemen, and then centers. Two names immediately come to mind, Strome (size and center) and OEL (defense). OEL, I think, is the most underrated defenseman in the league along with Hedman of Tampa. He currently sits at second in the league in goals for defenseman at 17 and can eat minutes. He is a legitimate number 1 defenseman. He also brings a little experience and leadership but still at a young age (24). He can be part of the rebuild for the next decade. As for Strome, I think he is who the Leafs would have picked had they had the 3rd overall pick in 2015. His points are almost identical to Marner’s, but also has the size and center capability that Marner struggles with.

So, would OEL, Strome, and the 10th overall pick be enough to trade away possibly the second greatest draft prospect in the last decade? Arizona has the young talent stockpiled already, maybe ownership wants to deal some of them to get more tickets sold. Nobody could do it better in Arizona than Auston Matthews.

Toronto gets: OEL, Strome, 10th overall 2016.

Arizona gets: 1st overall.

What do you think? What would it take, on both sides to get this deal done?

Let me know in the comments section!

- always beLEAF
February 24, 2016 11:07 AM ET | Delete
I would make that trade in a second
February 24, 2016 11:09 AM ET | Delete
Wow... Are you drugging Arizona first? You might get one of those pieces. No way you get all three.
February 24, 2016 11:19 AM ET | Delete
Fucking stupid shit right here
February 24, 2016 11:27 AM ET | Delete
I would ask for a combo of Strome
February 24, 2016 11:28 AM ET | Delete
February 24, 2016 11:28 AM ET | Delete
and Domi
February 24, 2016 11:36 AM ET | Delete
Strome and their 1st round pick. It would be an over-payment, but to have a home-town boy as their franchise player is priceless. I would love for this to happen.
February 24, 2016 11:54 AM ET | Delete
Yah, I think OEL and a 1st is asking too much. I think a more reasonable trade is the #1 Kapanen for the #10 Domi or Strome.
February 24, 2016 2:27 PM ET | Delete
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February 24, 2016 2:27 PM ET | Delete
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February 24, 2016 6:59 PM ET | Delete
Are you nuts...would you trade McDavid, Crosby, Kane, or the likes? Guys like Matthews come along rarely so you dont trade him for anyone.
February 25, 2016 9:35 AM ET | Delete
wow...over pricing players on the leafs before there even a leaf. what a terrible read lol go back to the playstation
February 25, 2016 11:11 AM ET | Delete
Dude, come on
February 25, 2016 12:29 PM ET | Delete
Huge flyers fan...I would be willing to give schenn...sanheim and our 1st for Matthews
February 25, 2016 12:33 PM ET | Delete
Actually look at the Lindros trade, and what quebec got for him. Austin Matthews is worth a ton. He also is playing against men now and one of the best players in the league.
February 26, 2016 2:22 AM ET | Delete
It seems like most are divided. Some think it is crazy, some love it. I thought a kid like Matthews would put butts in seats in Arizona and sell jerseys. Might be worth it to Arizona ownership. They need that. And Toronto would continue to stockpile young talent and have depth for the first time...well in a very long time
February 26, 2016 4:17 PM ET | Delete
Anyone remember Yakupov?
February 26, 2016 4:17 PM ET | Delete
He was supposed to be a superstar
February 28, 2016 11:38 PM ET | Delete
no. way oel is locked up until 2019 with a 5.5 cap hit. plus we all know the oilers will win the lottery, draft auston and kill his career.
March 1, 2016 7:25 AM ET | Delete
I would rather trade with the Kings, Doughty...
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