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The following trade proposal assumes that the Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired a starting goaltender, such as Roberto Luongo or Josh Harding.
CBJ second overall pick
TOR 35th overall pick
Apparently, the Columbus Blue Jackets aren't dead set on picking second overall.
By acquiring the second overall pick from Columbus, Toronto will be able to rest easy that Alex Galchenyuk will be available when they pick.
The Jackets don't have a lot of depth at any position, but their biggest weakness is, arguably, their goaltending.
Curtis Sanford is KHL-bound, which leaves Allen York to serve as the full-time backup to Steve Mason.
However, Mason is still young, as is James Reimer. Both still have time to rediscover their game and to develop further. A healthy goaltending battle between two young netminders could help both of them emerge from their slumps (I use this term loosely).
In Holzer, the Jackets get another young piece to the puzzle, a solid shutdown defenseman who is on the cusp of being NHL-ready.
Joe Colborne is a good prospect who also might be NHL-ready, but won't get too much playing time with the Leafs this coming season. The big club has too many centremen already, and it doesn't appear any of them are leaving anytime soon.
Clarke MacArthur can be relied upon for 20-plus goals and 50-plus points a season. He won't be part of the future for Columbus, but he'd be a good stopgap for the club while they acquire and develop their young talent.
The value of the 35th overall pick, of course, is evident.
This trade would speed up the rebuilding process for the Jackets without cutting any corners (like the Kessel trade did for Toronto, some would argue).
There is no guarantee that whoever is picked No. 2 overall will be able to make the jump to the NHL immediately.
Assuming the Blue Jackets want to make the playoffs sooner rather than later (i.e., "The Edmonton Model"), they would be wise to at least consider trading their second overall pick for immediate help.