Everyone knew it would be coming for about a week now, and now what to expect? I was never a fan of Brian Burke. I think his draft record stinks, I hate that he supposedly does not like Europeans, and I think he doesn’t know how to manage the cap. But that’s just my worthless opinion
A look at his draft record could tell us exactly what we need to know, and what to look forward as when we head closer to the draft. He has drafted 17 players from the Canadian systems during his time in Anaheim. He has drafted 8 players from the American system. He has drafted just FOUR players from oversees. All his European selections were made in the 4th, 5th, and 6th round...Of a total of 29 players.
In Vancouver he drafted 39 players from Canadian systems. He drafted 10 Americans, and 17 players from Europe. Among 66 players, that is.
Europeans: 14%/ 25%
Canadians: 58%/ 60%
Americans: 28%/ 15%
I know these numbers rely heavily on who is available each year, what each team’s specific needs are, how good his scouts are, resources available to him, and etc. but I think I know what we can expect from Burke: A draft where we come out with a lot of Canadians kids. What I found interesting was that he drafted a decent amount of Europeans in Vancouver, but did not in Anaheim.
His draft record isn’t too impressive, but he is responsible for players like: Kesler, R.J. Umberger, the Great Federov (Fedor Federov that is), Kevin Bieksa (in the 5th round), the Sedins, Jarkko Ruutu, Bryan Allen, and Matt Cooke. That's about it. The work he’s done in Anaheim is still too early to evaluate but he has by no means left the team with an empty cupboard.
Here is something I think will excite leafs fans (well those of us who want to see a nice draft, with a lot of depth picks
). At the 2008 entry draft he had his own 1st round pick, three 2nd round picks, three 3rd round picks, a 4th, a 5th, and a 7th. (I believe he traded that 6th round pick for J.S. Aubin...lol remember him?). In 07 he didn’t have a 6th or a 7th pick, but he did have four 4th round picks.
So I’m kinda of excited to see what Burke will bring. One thing I do know is if Burke wants something he will go out and get it. I like how aggressive he is. If he wants to be in the top 5, I’m sure he’ll find his way up there. He did get the Sedins (although it was a horrible draft) with the 2nd and 3rd overall pick. He did make a nice move to land an elite defender(Pronger I mean, which was a good trade). He is bringing former Nucks manager Dave Nonis with him who I think is good...he is someone Burke will listen too.
I think Leafs fans need to stop already criticizing him and saying, “Burke is garbage,” and wait and see what he will do. I was/and still am sceptical of his ability to lead us to the Holy Grail. Who knows when when/if we’ll get there, what I DO
KNOW is that we are in for many years of hilarious sarcastic comments from Wilson and Burke...which is a step up from JFJ’s comments that were verbatim(I guess Peddie should have switched up the scripts lol).