As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I am a huge Leaf fan, have been for the past 26 years(entire life). Given my memories start back when Bester was the blue and white's net minder and they lost to the Blues in the first round of the playoffs(was at one of the games at the Gardens), I like to think I have a very open mind when it comes to hockey and the Leafs.
As I was looking at the comments made on my last blog (some very good points from everyone, had a blast reading people different point of views) they kinda sparked this idea for my new blog. A lot of comments about "tanking" to get Tavares who I have seen play and wow he is something else. But another thought came to mind when I was thinking about this.....Could he handle the pressure in the "Hockey Capital of Canada" if the Leafs got the first pick?
If drafted would the expectations of Leaf fans be set to high for him? Would anything less then "Rookie of the Year" be deemed a failure for his first season in Toronto? Would he be the next Captain? specially with all the hype that has surrounded him the past 2 years.
Like I said I have watched him, and wow his skill level is just surpasses anything I have seen from someone at that age....but is he as mature as Stamkos, Crosby, A.O. and some other first overall draft picks in the past few years? Again look at where those guys went...not quite hockey crazy markets, a little less pressure.
What about 6-5 Swedish D-man Victor Hedman?? best place to build a team is from the backend out??
I wrote this to see what everyone else thinks; I want this to be open to lots of comments. Thanks for reading.