Taylor Over Tyler: Good News for the Toronto Maple Leafs?
For the better part of last season, people have been speculating about the possibility of Boston acquiring a lottery pick in exchange for Phil Kessel. With the conclusion of the season, this proved to be true.
When the Leafs traded their first- and second-round picks this year and first-round pick next year, it was well known to Brian Burke the risk that he was taking. But he did it anyways and has stated again and again that he would do it again.
With the draft taking place this past Friday and Saturday, Leaf fans everywhere saw the real outcome of the Phil Kessel trade when the Bruins took Tyler Seguin second overall.
But could their pick be good news for the Leafs?
While Tyler Seguin will prove to be a great player in the coming years, the fact that he was drafted by the Bruins could be great news for the Maple Leafs.
On a team whose strength is down the middle, the Bruins used the two picks they acquired from the Maple Leafs to draft Tyler Seguin, a center, and Jared Knight, another center.
Of course these are two great prospects to add to their organization, one has to wonder why a team with so much strength down the middle would use two high-quality picks to draft more centers?
Maybe it's because of the prestige of having such a high pick? Or maybe it's because of the enticement of drafting such a great young prospect?
Either way the moment that the Edmonton Oilers drafted Taylor Hall first overall, this was the best-case scenario of a lose-lose situation for the Leafs.
By taking the prestigious winger over the prestigious center, Steve Tambellini forced Peter Chiarelli's hand and gave him no choice in the matter.
Chiarelli stated before the draft that he had no intention of trading away the second overall pick. But was the right decision for the team?
Drafting Tyler Seguin was by no means a bad pick but ice-time will be hard to come by when he begins his NHL career.
On a team that whose top three centers are Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron, and David Krejci, your guess is as good as mine to where Seguin places on their depth chart.
Savard has already stated that he would accept a trade to the Leafs or the Senators. Even if a trade does happen, Boston's top three centers would be Bergeron, Krejci, and Seguin. Again it's hard to see where Seguin would place.
Add Jared Knight to mix.
While Seguin may be NHL-ready next season, Knight is still a few years away and will have to work his way up the depth chart in the coming years.
Drafting Knight is a very questionable decision in my opinion. Why would the Bruins draft another center when there were so many more options available?
Right now, Jared Knight would be third among the Bruins center prospects (not including Seguin) behind Joe Colborne and Zach Hamill. While Seguin was a no-doubter, drafting Knight is still a head scratcher.
Many people have been saying that the Bruins are ready to make a run for the Stanley Cup and the second overall pick could only make them better.
After watching the draft, I don't know if that's true anymore. In my opinion when Hall was drafted first overall, the best thing that Boston could have done would be to trade the second overall pick.
Whether he intended to or not, Chiarelli has been forced to remodel the structure of his team. This has already started with Savard most likely being traded to Toronto for "spare-parts."
After that they will have three solid centers or try and ease Seguin into the center position from the wing.
Either way, a lot of the Bruins success next season will depend on how Seguin performs. And that is considering he makes the team out of training camp, which he may not.
Whatever the Bruins intend to do about their overabundance of centers will have to be done soon and even then may weaken the overall structure of the team.
While the Bruins did draft two great players, both of them are in the area that is of little concern to the organization. This is why I feel that the Bruins made this the best scenario of a bad situation for the Maple Leafs.
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