NHL Draft 2013: Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Leafs in the First Round

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NHL Draft 2013: Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Leafs in the First Round
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I wouldn't say this is a make or break draft for general manager Dave Nonis and the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it can go a long way towards cementing the Leafs as one of the top young clubs in the NHL.

For the first time in two years the club will own their first round pick, and oddly enough, it isn't in the lottery, its actually 21st.

In whats billed as the deepest draft since 2003 when the likes of Mike Richards, Eric Staal, Dion Phaneuf, Ryan Suter, Thomas Vanek, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, and Corey Perry were selected in the first round in 2003.

Even the later rounds were responsible for some gems as Loui Eriksson (33rd), Patrice Bergeron (45th), David Backes (62nd), Jimmy Howard (64th), Joe Pavelski (205th), Tobias Enstrom (239th), Dustin Byfuglien (245th), Matt Moulson (263rd), Jaroslav Halak (271st), and Brian Elliott (291st) were all selected after the first round.

Fast-forward 10 years, and the NHL may have another very deep draft on their hands, with potential all-stars up and down the first round of the draft.

For the Leafs, unless they trade up, they will be unable to nab anyone in the Top Five as Nate MacKinnon, Seth Jones, Jonathan Drouin, Valeri Nichushkin, and Sasha Barkov will all certainly be picked in the Top Five in my opinion—the order yet to be determined.

To state the obvious, I will be excluding those top five players from this list because obviously all of them are best-case scenarios, however probably unrealistic, unless the Leafs make a major move at the draft.

Here are your best and worst case scenarios for the Leafs at the draft.

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