The Leaves are rebuilding through the draft and have 12 picks in the 2016 draft, and 8 in 2017. They had 5 top-90 picks last year. They have traded away their big contracts, and acquired Pittsburgh's 2014 1st round pick Kasperi Kappanen.Strangelove wrote:Just thought I'd interject a little perspective...micky107 wrote: This year the opportunity is there to have your future main stays to be going head to head with teams where every point matters.
Hate to say it but Babcock is doing it in TO and it's not bad to watch.
The Canucks are "transitioning while remaining competitive' and have 7 picks in the 2016 draft, and 5 in 2017. They had 3 top-90 picks last year. They traded away one of their 2013 first rounders and one of their most promising offensive prospects, for a more "NHL-ready" 2011 2nd rounder.
The big difference between the Maple Leaves and the Canucks it that the Leaves know they suck. Toronto brought in a pile of mediocre UFA's as real placeholders while the kids stayed under the radar and out of the pressure cooker in the minors. Once the deadline was over, kids come up and get their 20+ games in to prep for next year.
Another dose of perspective, the Leaves, with all their aggressive tanking, have won 3 fewer games than us. They also have more cap space heading into UFA season.