John Tavares: A Toronto Maple Leaf?

Jared Greening@@Gr33ningContributor IApril 19, 2009

MONTREAL - JANUARY 24:  Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke speaks with the media at the NHL Board of Governors Meeting during the 2009 NHL All-Star weekend on January 24, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

It's no surprise that Brian Burke will be busy this offseason.

Picking seventh overall for a second straight year, the Maple Leafs need a big change before September. But Burke has bigger thoughts than picking seventhβ€”he wants young John Tavares of the London Knights.

The top two picks in this year's draft will be going to the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning, respectively. The top two prospects (and in all likelihood, picks) will be centre John Tavares and denfenseman Victor Hedman from Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League.

Let's start with Tampa Bay. Already having so much scoring talent and several talented centers (such as Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier), they hardly need John Tavares, so they will likely pick Victor Hedman.

New York needs a talented centre so they will take Tavares. That means that Burke will have to try to make a deal with the Islanders, who desperately need a franchise player like Tavares.

It's not impossible, but it's a long shot.

Burke will need to make a huge deal that must include their first rounder this year and a young talented forward.

Regardless of how this turns out, Brian Burke will still be busy with free agency as there are many talented forwards that are UFAs this offseason.


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