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
Brian Burke's Insistence on Adhering to Self-Imposed Rules Limits the Leafs
Bourne's hit the nail on the head here.
Annotated Leafs Apology Letter
Bitter Leaf Fan has the real rough draft letter.
The Leaf Corporate "Apology" Letter and the Year-End Media Day
Mike at VLM breaks these down.
Breaking Down the Burke Press Conference
BCP goes line by line with Burke's presser.
Top 10 Hits of the 2011-12 Season
Phaneuf comes in at #7 and #1. Boom.
The Toronto Maple Leafs of Oz Part II
Fighting for Stanley with part two.
Lack of Success Hasn't Changed Burke's View
The captain of the Titanic didn't want to alter course either.
Burke Eyes Trade Market to Improve Maple Leafs
This would work if we actually had some assets to trade with.
An article written by some stupid journalist who doesn't know what a salary cap is.
Round One Eastern Conference Playoff Preview
DGB looks ahead to the four Eastern series.
Trades Could be Aplenty at this Year's Draft
I don't know if this excites me or scares me.