So the draft lottery happened last night with the Edmonton Oilers channeling their inner Chicago Bulls and pulling off the three-peat. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov? Their team will score a million goals and let in a million plus one. Also, lol Columbus.
Anywho, with the Oilers winning, the Leafs stayed put at fifth overall and truth be told, that's historically been a pretty good place to draft great players from. Going back 32 years to the 1980 draft, the 5th overall spot has produced good players such as:
Jaromir Jagr, Bill Guerin, Tom Barasso, Darius Kasparaitis, Rob Niedermayer, Tim Connolly, Thomas Vanek, Blake Wheeler, Carey Price, Phil Kessel, both Schenns, Ryan Whitney, and Eric Brewer.
Not too shabby. Now let's hope Burke doesn't go and screw up all up by drafting Tyler Biggs 2.0.
Links after the jump
The picture that sums up four seasons
Bourne's hit the nail on the head here.
Bitter Leaf Fan has the real rough draft letter.
Mike at VLM breaks these down.
BCP goes line by line with Burke's presser.
Phaneuf comes in at #7 and #1. Boom.
Fighting for Stanley with part two.
The captain of the Titanic didn't want to alter course either.
This would work if we actually had some assets to trade with.
DGB looks ahead to the four Eastern series.
I don't know if this excites me or scares me.