It's tough to say what the price of moving up in a draft like this one would be. Moving even a few spots in the top ten could be quite expensive.
Garth Snow was demanding the Leafs pick along with two additional 2nd round picks(we ended up giving him a 2nd and 3rd) in last year's draft to move up two spots. This was the price in a draft not as strong as this one. With so much talent in the top ten....if the Leafs already have a high pick, would it be worth it?
In a draft this deep, it may cost a late 1st round pick to move up a few spots to move up to take a few of the more highly regarded players. If that's the price, then I might
not be willing to pay it if talent like Kane, MSP, Schenn, and Kadri are still available.
Looking at the 2003 draft, a draft which this year's is being compared too, could explain what I mean by this. Philadelphia had the 11th overall pick and the 24th overall pick that year. Moving up well into the top ten it might have cost them that late 1st round pick. Those firsts ended up being Carter and Richards. I understand that this year has a lot of upfront 'franchise' talent, but it is also very deep later on, like the 2003 draft, and I don't see one player in the top ten of that draft that could've been worth Carter and
Similar situation could apply to Anaheim who would've had to give up the 19th and 28th overall pick. Those two picks ended up being Perry and Getzlaf.
Hedman appears to be the player who will be chosen as 1st overall. I still don't know how to look at Tavares yet. After being so highly touted, he hasn't shown much progress. His numbers dropped last season, and he's going at a slower pace this season(48 pts. in 30 GP), he's 2nd in scoring in the OHL, behind Taylor Hall(being considered as a candidate for 1st overall pick in 2010)
It's just my look of things, some would argue quality not quantity, but there is so much quality in this draft, that if we had two 1st round picks I may be tempted to keep them.
In the end what matters is what Brian Burke and Co. want out of their 1st round draft pick this year.
Today the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brian Burke formally introduced Dave Nonis as Senior Vice-President of hockey operations. I really like this move. TSN described Burke and Nonis as polar opposites, and that I think, is key to the two working together. Burke is a good GM, but Nonis serves a very important purpose...which Burke even pointed out in the press conference. He said that there would be times where Burke would be tempted to make rash decisions and Nonis would be there to kind of talk some sense into him.
What I like even further is Nonis being signed to a 6-year deal, same length as Burke's deal. Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet said confidently there would be no out in his contract that would let him leave his position with Toronto to be a GM elsewhere. It looks like Burke is trying to put together a well-structured organization, like the one in Detroit. I think it's also important to mention that Nonis was responsible for stealing Roberto Luongo from Florida for Todd Bertuzzi and Alex Auld! =)
The Leafs front office shaping up really nicely with Burke as GM and President, Dave Nonis as VP of Hockey President, Cliff Fletcher as Advisor, Joe Nieuwendyk as Assistant to GM, and Jeff Jackson as Assistant to GM and Director of Hockey Operations.
I don't expect many moves soon, especially since Burke's self imposed deadline kicks-in, in a couple of days. He should take the holiday season to evaluate every player. Kaberle, I think is one that has to go. As talented as he may be, he just hasn't been himself this season...and it's really depressing to think we could have had Jeff Carter and Luca Sbisa right now. Although he hasn't been himself overall, especially defensively (he's a -10 this season), he has still been putting up points and I still expect him to continue a 50-point pace.
Last year he was worth Carter (a young player waiting to break out) and a mid-range 1st. Even a step down would be fine with me. Moving Kaberle would make room for Stralman to step into a full-time role into the top four.
Stralman fighting Kovalchuk during an impressive run with team Sweden in the World Championships. He also scored a couple of goals on Team Canada.
Stralman in my opinion needs to be given more ice time, after his great play last year; he hasn't been too impressive thus far. He's still very young though, and I don't think fans should take his play this season, and think that Burke would be willing to deal him. Stralman is a fantastic talent, with a lot of offensive skill, but he brings more to the table than just that. He has a good presence on the ice, he skates well, and he's learning to play a more physical style of hockey. He added bulk this season by gaining 20 pounds, and I'm sure part of the reason he's gotten off to a slow start is because he was still adjusting to that.
Tonight's loss puts the Leafs 27th in the league (4th overall), we've played a game more than every team behind us, and more games than every team tied with us. We play Monday night against the Islanders...two teams at the basement of the NHL...should be interesting to see how this one turns out.
Thanks for your time...