Why the Bruins Could Have a Top 3 Pick

The Bruins made a tough deal this offseason, sending former 5th overall pick Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2010 and 2011 1st round pick, and a 2010 2nd round pick.  At first, it was thought that these two 1st rounders would be in the low to mid teens, but after Toronto’s 0-5-1 start, it seems things are going worse than expected for the Leafs, and the pick could end up a lottery pick.

First, Toronto has one of the worst offense’s in the league.  Aside from Kessel, who is out with an injury now, they have no legit scorers.  Mikhail Grabovski, Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Lee Stempniak do not scare anyone.  This is going to struggle to score goals.

Second, the defense isn’t as good as advertised.  Mike Komisarek has been horrid since joining the Leafs, and it is possible that Andrei Markov made him look better than he is.  Francois Beauchemin has been nothing special, and no longer had Chris Pronger, Ryan Whitney and Scott Niedermayer by his side.  Luke Schenn is still young and could suffer a sophmore slump.  Tomas Kaberle is overrated by Leafs fans, but he is their only above average veteran defender.  Jeff Finger?

Third, the goaltending sucks.  Vesa Toskala is one of the worst starters in the league, and as much as Leafs fans think Jonas Gustavsson will be the next Patrick Roy, he’s a rookie and will struggle.

The Leafs just don’t have a good team, and this Kessel deal could be reminiscent of an old Harry Sinden trade in which we end up HUGE winners.

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9 Responses to Why the Bruins Could Have a Top 3 Pick

  1. Quartier4 says:

    Look good for me… the bruins need good guy’s at cheap cost for the sallary cap 😉 This could help ! 🙂

    GO DOWN LEAFS !!! (it’s october it normal the leafs fall down they always do ! haha )

  2. Mook says:

    all over the news today in toronto, people are projecting the leafs to come in no better than 28th. that’s a pretty sweet deal…

  3. Mook says:

    Bruins will do fine. they only won 2 games in their first 7 last year too…

    plus we get 24 games against northeast division teams who all suck. consider that worth AT LEAST 35 points.

  4. Gcole says:

    holy shit their really 0-5-1, i didnt think they were that shitty, dam.. would be sick to get top picks from the deal.

  5. Burkey says:

    Hey, if the B’s continue to play in the toilet they may have 2 picks in the top 5. perhaps this is PC’s master plan.

  6. Bruins says:

    the brilliant thin about that deal is that even if the bruins somehow completely collapse this season, we are better set than any other team in the league for the future. we’d trade savvy for more picks (another first in there) and try to get some value for ference, etc.
    leafs suck, thats a top 5 for sure. coukld you imagine hall, seguin, or fowler on the bruins?!!! oh man itll be sick.
    but to keep things in perspective, although the leafs dont have any big names up front, they still finished 10th in scoring last year.
    their goaltending is atrocious but i do think gustavsson could have a good year.
    the best thing though is that they added so much grit that they take tons of penalties, and meanwhile they have the worst pk unit in the league…lol
    another thing to note is do you know what kind of pressure kessel is under. should they continue struggling he’ll come back to the team as a needed “saviour”. think he can handlethat role? i dont.
    on top of that if the leafs do end up giving the bruins a hall or seguin, those players will be compared every step of the way to kessel, putting even more pressure on him. im liking this deal more every day

  7. Bruins says:

    if the leafs tank our roster couldlook like this next year:

    wheeler-krejci-ryder
    lucic-bergeron-sturm
    marchand-hall-kobasew
    thornton-begin-bitz (or FA like thornton/begin)
    hamill

    chara-stuart
    wideman-hunwick
    boychuk-ference (or FA like ference)

    thomas
    rask

    no point in getting savard with those 3 centers, although i still want him back.

  8. Bruins says:

    nvm, hall is a LW, so:

    hall-bergeron-sturm
    lucic-krejci-ryder
    wheeler-hamill-kobasew
    thornton-marchand-bitz
    sobotka

  9. Mike says:

    I would rather the kid from Russia, Kabanov, some compare him to Ovechkin…

    I also like the idea of the Bruins getting two high first rounders, not to mention they have 3 second round picks which Chia can flip into a 1st if he wants. I think if Chia plays his cards right the B’s could end up rebuilding the youth in one season…

    My Draft Board…

    1. Kabanov
    1a. Hall
    2. Fowler
    3. Gudbranson
    4. Connelly

    3 out of those 5 could be ours next draft… Most likely 1 of the top three and then the rest are really toss ups.

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