The NHL lockout of 2012 is robbing many aspiring hockey writers of notable things to talk about. With that said, as the NHL and NHLPA continue to argue about petty cash, this writer is going to focus on the draft.
In the event the entire NHL season is cancelled, the NHL will more than likely adopt a similar draft lottery they used when the entire 2004-05 season was wiped clean due to the lockout.
If that's the case, the Leafs will likely have one of the best shots at first overall and could conceivably have a shot at either defender Seth Jones, center Nathan MacKinnon or center Alexsander Barkov of Finland, amongst others.
As we look ahead to 2013, we look back at the last 20 years of the Leafs' drafting skills. Even as a biased Leafs fan, I can readily admit the Leafs before Brian Burke stunk at drafting.
They didn't invest in a scouting department, just relied on outspending teams pre-lockout 2004 and lastly, dealt away many high draft picks in an attempt to win now, rather than down the road.
What I consider a bust is a high draft pick that had little to no NHL impact. I'm only going to go back 20 years, as I want to focus on the game today, not the game of yesterday.
Here we go...