Friday, January 14, 2011

Draft by Decade: Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs haven't had as many high picks as their performance this decade would suggest.

Unfortunately some of the good picks they've made are stars now on other teams.  Carlo Coliacovo and Alex Steen are terrific for St. Louis.  Matt Stajan cashed in with the Sutters in CGY... Ian White wen with him to cow town but was since shipped off to the east coast in exchange for Anton Babchuk. Tukka Rask is dominating in Bean Town.  These guys could look pretty good in Blue and White, but nevertheless the Leafs get points for drafting talent, as I've said, this isn't a production measuring stick, what management does with a star player after they draft them can't affect this.

Kulemin was a great second round pick and is really coming in to his own, as is 2006s 6th rounder Viktor Stalberg. Continuing the great late round success of late is Carl Gunarson in the 7th.

08's Luke Schenn will take time but if the Leafs can retain him he may continue to get better and better.

09s pick of Kadri is a PPG with the Marlies, and a pair of second round picks from the Spitfires have potential, Kenny Ryan, Jesse Blacker.

The Leafs squeeze out a C+ for their late round heroics, barely a C+...barely.

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