Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Up To?

So the Leafs have re-acquired their 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft from the Chicago Black Hawks. Most will say no big deal just another draft pick, but what most don't realize is this now gives the Leafs a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick in the draft, and that they can decide to sign a Restricted Free Agent to an offer sheet, and if the team they played on last season decides not to match the offer then the Leafs would lose those 3 picks as compensation, if the signing player signs for under $5 million a season.

Rumours are that the Leafs are interested in 21 year old and 3rd year NHL'er Phil Kessel of the Boston Bruins, who is currently a restricted Free Agent. Kessel in his 3rd year had a career year with 36 goals, 24 assists, for 60 points in 70 games with the Bruins last season. Clearly he is coming into his own aa a 21 year old, but as the Leafs have proven over the years when they get a player that can score they seem to not use him right, and the players stats fall dramatically. If this does happen, and Kessel becomes a Maple Leaf, hopefully under coach Wilson, he will be used effectively and the Leafs will finally have a bonafide 1st liner.

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