If you read my last article for the Leafs Worst First Draft Picks of the 1990's, you will notice how bad all these high draft picks turned out. Many of them, with the exception of Nik Antropov, never really even made an impact in the NHL.
The Leafs also traded high draft picks some years in hopes of getting help right away (Tom Kurvers for a first round pick turned into Scott Niedermayer, trading the sixth overall selection in the Wendel Clark trade turned out to be Roberto Luongo).
But in a time of negativity and utter disdain towards the Leafs, this Leafs writer is trying to take a positive spin on things.
I have compiled a list of some of the best draft picks the Leafs have selected in the new millennium (Years 2000-2009). These players can be selected anywhere in the draft, however, a greater emphasis and ranking will be put on players taken later in the draft.
PHOTO: You may see these two players among the listed. These two players were traded as part of some of the worst trades in franchise history, but were among some of the Leafs best draft picks of the new millennium.