Less than a year ago John Tavares was hardly a household name. He was playing in the OHL and doing well, yes; however, critics were picking at his defensive play, toughness, and heart. Much of these short-comings have been improved upon. He is now undoubtedly the best player in this year's draft, and will almost certainly go first overall.
Early Tuesday, the day of the draft lottery, Brian Burke postured: "We'll immediately attempt to move up...we're going to talk to everyone between us and the first pick and see what the landscape is...we're going to see what it costs and we're going to try and move up."
Although much can be said about what Brian Burke is able to offer in terms of attractive assets, it is possible, and given Burke's self-claimed character (one that is blunt, opinionated, but honest), he implies the Leafs will be picking higher than their current slot in the seventh spot.
But I ask, why?
Every year a new superstar wows critics, fans, scouts, and teams: Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Erik Johnson, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin...There are also great players to be had following the first pick. My point is, patience.
Brian Burke would almost definitely have to give up extra draft picks, possibly in this year's draft and next, along with prospects, and the likes of a top six forward, or top four defensemen.
It's a cost I feel is steep, and unnecessary.
There are lots of fish in the sea, and next year the Leafs will surely be in a similar spot—and if not, they can then try and move up to get a top ten pick (which is generally less costly).
Let's just hope it's not another dud, and or that we keep him...Google Jiri Tlusty (13th 2006); Tuukka Rask (21st 2005); Alexander Steen (24th 2002); Carlo Colaiacovo (17th 2001); Brad Boyes (24th 2000); Luca Cereda (24th 1999); Nikolai Antropov (10th 1998).
Thanks for reading. TL.