They actually managed what I considered impossible upon the hiring of Mike Babcock.
The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to finish dead last in the NHL and have the best odds at 20% of winning the number one pick in the 2016 NHL lottery.
To be honest, for a last place finish this season was MUCH more enjoyable than the last couple of disasters and….18 wheelers thanks to Burkie and Co.
We have some fine pieces in this franchise for the first time in recent memory. Players that are all the more important because the Maple Leafs are actually developing their own talent!!!… Absurd as that would seem in this city where trading away prospects and first round picks for aging veterans was common place. Owen Nolan and Brian Leetch anybody!!
Players all around the league got their start with the blue and white only to flourish elsewhere. Players like Alex Steen and Tuuka Rask who were shipped out for Lee Stempniak and Andrew Raycroft respectively!
I see very few situations that would entice the Leafs to move Rielly, Kadri, Nylander, Marner, Soshnikov, Hyman and the list goes on. Add in a top 4 pick in the draft and this team is setting up to be a threat in my humble opinion.
For now I will wait patiently for April 30th to find out exactly where my beloved Leafs are picking. Hoping for Pick #1…but I would be thrilled to grab number two overall if that means Patrick Laine will be on the receiving end of some dirty Mitch Marner or Willy Nylander passes.
My boss is a good guy, he promised me a night off to celebrate if the Leafs win the lottery and i’ll definitely take him up on that. Weather is getting warmer and it’s time for this guy to get back to work installing sprinklers for the summer. Check out our website that my boss Daniel just set up. it’s www.lawnsprinklersbrampton.com and if you need some sprinklers tell them Steven sent you!!
Until next time when we find out where the Leafs pick and i’ll give you my top 5 players I hope the Leafs draft in the first round.