Young Guns: Updating Maple Leafs Prospects

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Young Guns: Updating Maple Leafs Prospects

With a youth revolution encasing the whole Toronto Maple Leafs organization, it's only fitting they at least have a successful, young crop of prospects ready to challenge for roster spots.

This slide show will focus more on the players who haven't played a game in the NHL/AHL so far, and will therefore exclude young players like Gunnarsson, Schenn, Stalberg, Hanson, Bozak, and Aulie.

Take into account that these players are young, still maturing, and have tons of potential to grow into.

Come June 25/26, many of these names might be switching teams as well.

With all the wonderful trade "rumors" being tossed around, any one of these prospects could be packaged with other players to bring in bigger fish.

2009 DRAFT

Toronto Maple Leafs
• 1 (7) Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL).
• 2 (50) Kenny Ryan, F, U.S. under-18 (USDP).
• 2 (58) Jesse Blacker, D, Windsor (OHL).
• 3 (68) Jamie Devane, F, Plymouth (OHL).
• 5 (128) Eric Knodel, D, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (U.S. Major AAA).
• 6 (158) Jerry D’Amigo, RW, U.S. under-18 (USDP).
• 7 (188) Barron Smith, D, Peterborough (OHL).

Here's a great cliché. Sometimes the best deals are the ones you never make.

All eyes were on Toronto GM Brian Burke Burke, as the hockey world thought he would move up in the draft for a shot at either Tavares, Hedman or Duchene – or at the very least, Braydon Schenn.

The price was too high, however, and Burke did not pull the trigger. While far from a consensus pick, Kadri could prove to be a solid offensive forward, which the Leafs desperately seek.

Ryan is a very solid forward. Blacker was overshadowed on the blueline in Windsor, but was a solid pick for the Blue and White.

Devane had similar numbers this season to Milan Lucic in his draft year. Leaf Nation can only hope!

Jerry D’Amigo was a fantastic grab in the sixth round. He had an outstanding WJC-U18 for the gold medal winning American squad.

He was viewed as a second rounder by many heading into draft weekend. The son of Steve Smith, the Leafs just hope Barron knows which goal he is defending.

Jimmy Hayes is now a Chicago Blackhawk. He was traded for the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, which is not Brad Ross.

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