Leafs GM Brian Burke has said he wants Tavares, but this isn't the best choice.
Instead, the Leafs need to pick up two first round draft choices and develop an offensive one-two punch.
Some could argue that the Leafs could pick Tavares and get another forward in next year's draft, but the problem is next year's draft isn't nearly as deep and the Leafs may not have that great of a pick in the 2010 draft.
So why do the Leafs need two forwards?
The Leafs will need to trade away Thomas Kaberle to get the pick and will probably need to part with their 2010 first round pick to obtain another top ten pick, but it will be worth it.
There are many different combinations but some of the better ones are:
Zack Kassian and Jordan Schroeder
Zack is a bruising skilled forward who could open space for speedster Schroeder. With just the right amount of skill and heart these two could contrast each other perfectly.
Scott Glennie and Brayden Schenn
This pair has already been getting attention as linemates for Brandon of the WHL, hopefully they can transfer the chemistry to the NHL game. Brayden (the younger brother of current Leaf Luke Schenn) is the half of the pair that does the digging, but Glennie is the scorer of the two. The Leafs could also put any of their up and coming centers (Mikhail Stefanovich, Tyler Bozak, or Chris Didomenico) between these two and they'd have a great line for the future.
Nazem Kadri and Evander Kane
Kadri could be the dish man for Kane for years. Kadri's game is being a playmaker while Kane's is the sniper's style. With Grabovksi or Kulemin on with these guys the Leafs could have a powerful first line with the depth still to have a great second line.
Matt Duchene and Magnus Paajarvi - Svensson
This maybe a far fetched partnership, as both of these players are projected to go high, but the pairing would be explosive. Both of these guys are not only snipers, but playmakers too. With these two on the ice together the opposing team would not know which to cover as both can pass and score at an elite level.
Brian Burke needs to use this draft as a building block for a working team not just a superstar on a roster of average players.
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