The Fail for Nail: Nail Yakupov and 11 Prospects the Maple Leafs Could Target

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The Fail for Nail: Nail Yakupov and 11 Prospects the Maple Leafs Could Target
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The Maple Leafs at Christmas time were a playoff team, probably not even thinking of what may happen if they fall apart. Brian Burke, in a deep draft, was quoted as saying, he'd move a first round pick again if he felt like it would improve his team.

But guess what, the Leafs fell apart, and luckily for Brian Burke, he did not give up a pick in the process.

Not only have the Leafs fired their head coach, they've brought in a new coach and still managed to struggle. Usually when teams change coaches, you see a change in the team, but with this team, that change has not happened yet.

With Joffrey Lupul out for possibly the season, the Leafs have struggled to score since they lost him against the Boston Bruins.

With that said, the Leafs currently sit in a tie for sixth last in the NHL, tied with the Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild.

If the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes win one more game than the Leafs down the stretch, the Leafs will finish 4th last in the NHL.

A pessimist would look at this as a complete bust of a season, but I look at it as optimistically as possible.

The Leafs are not a playoff team, and I've said it before. Getting more young talent and hopefully making your farm system stacked would allow for GM Brian Burke to trade some of them for NHL ready talent.

Anyways, here's the list of 10 possible draft picks the Leafs should explore, depending on where they finish this season.

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