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Why the Maple Leafs should trade the fifth pick.

 

When Phil Kessel was drafted fifth overall in 2006, the pick was worth 90 cents on the draft dollar.

Trade the damn fifth pick.

Really. Trade it.

Take that fifth pick, the Tim Connolly, Blake Wheeler, Raffi Torres fifth pick. The one that has over the last five years yielded Karl Alzner, Luke Schenn, brother Brayden, Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Strome.

That one.

If you can get a solid offer move it on down the road.

Most number fives play with some distinction in the NHL. Some, Phil Kessel comes to mind, are tremendously talented.

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Yakupov the number one choice as first overall.

Nail Yakupov reminds scouts of another Russian who wore #10: Pavel Bure

 
Day 10:  Nail Yakupov, LW, 1NA

Barring an unexpected turn of events, the Edmonton Oilers will use their first overall draft choice to select Sarnia Sting right-winger Nail Yakupov.

There is little doubt Yakupov, who scored 80 goals in 107 games with the Sting has elite NHL skills. His is a trifle small at five-foot-10 but weighs in the high 190s. His skating is superb, he has an inexhaustible thirst for goalscoring and has an elite NHL shot.

Yakupov was a ...

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2012 Maple Leafs Selections

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The Maple Leafs will have six selections at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft beginning with the 5th selection Friday (7pm on TSN).

Here is a full rundown of what picks the Leafs have per round:

 *Toronto acquired a third-round pick in 2010 from Los Angeles in exchange for a third round pick in 2012 (June 26, 2010). Nashville later acquired Toronto’s third-round pick in 2012 and a sixth-round pick in 2011 from Los Angeles in exchange for a third-round pick in 2011. (June 25, 2011)

**Toronto acquired David Steckel from New Jersey in ...

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Subban is Malcolm in the Middle of the net

Belleville Bulls netminder Malcolm Subban is a relative newcomer to the position.

Day 8: Malcolm Subban, G, Belleviille, 1 NA goalie.

Malcolm Subban didn’t play goal until he was 12 years old but six years later he is poised to become the first goalie selected at the draft.

“I wanted to be a goalie from house league on My dad (Karl) was a coach when I was a player and he wasn’t too fond of me being a goalie,” Malcolm said. “It was really expensive and he thought I was a pretty ...

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International man of mystery: Mikhail Grigorenko.

Mikhail Grigorenko might be the most talented player in the draft.

Day 8: Mikhail Grigorenko. C, Quebec, 3 NA.

At six-foot-three, with good skating and unparalleled vision among this year’s draft candidates, Mikhail Grigorenko offensive offside is equal to or even greater than that of consensus number one Nail Yakupov.

As a rookie, Grigorenko scored 40 goals and recorded 85 points in 59 regular season games. He followed that up with a tepid playoff in which he scored just three times in 11 post-season games.

After the playoffs, Grigorenko revealed he had been ill with mononucleosis and didn’t have the energy necessary to compete. ...

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Maiden’s voyage will be an interesting one.

Jarrod Maidens brings a good two-way skill set.

Day 7: Jarrod Maidens. C/LW, Owen Sound: 35th NA.

Jarrod Maidens is a crapshoot, a player whose history of injuries has dramatically lowered his draft prospects. That said, there may be enough history to induce scouts to invest a second or third round pick on him.

While incomplete, the body of work is intriguing. Maidens played just 28 games and was knocked out of the lineup for good in late November because of a concussion.

That said the Attack selected him fourth overall in the ...

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Prospect Paterson a force between the posts.

Saginaw's Jake Paterson helped knock the talent-laden Sarnia Sting out of the OHL playoffs.

Day 6: Jake Paterson, Saginaw, goalie. Third NA goalie.

Perhaps more than any other player, Jake Paterson is responsible for the confused top five scenario at this year’s draft.

While Nail Yakupov has kept his number one ranking, his standing as well as the position of his centreman Alex Galchenyuk was muddled by the Sarnia Sting’s first-round, six game loss to Saginaw Spirit.

The architect of that upset: 6’1” Spirit goalie Jake Paterson who stopped 163 of 180 shots ...

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Murray looks to be leader among blueliners.

Defenceman Ryan Murray seems ready to be the first defenceman picked in the draft.

Day 5:  Ryan Murray, D Everett Silvertips. 2nd NA.

The 2012 draft is top heavy with talented forwards but Everett Silvertips defenceman Ryan Murray figures to be the first blueliner to warrant a pick.

Still, the pick is in flux. With a bevy of young forwards, the Edmonton Oilers, owners of the first overall pick,  may want to drop a place or two and emerge with Murray.

A six-foot-defenceman and captain with the (WHL’s) Everett Silvertips, Murray is an ...

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Is Brendan Gaunce a diamond in the rough…or in Belleville?

Belleville Bull centreman Brendan Gaunce brings a solid two-way game.

Day 4: Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls, C. 13th NA

A strong two-way player, Brendan Gaunce brings excellent size (6’2”, 215 pounds) and two-way instincts to the draft table.

A graduate of the Markham Waxers and the second overall pick in the 2010 OHL draft, Gaunce’s style was built with the NHL in mind.

“I think from a young age I was taught by all my coaches that to play in the NHL you have to play defence first,” he said. “I think that’s ...

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Reinhart brings a big body and finesse skills to blue line.

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Day 3: Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings, Defence. 10th NA

There are a few similarities between Griffin Reinhart and his father, Paul, an NHL defenceman who skated for 11 seasons in Atlanta, Calgary and Vancouver.

Both are defencemen. Paul was a linchpin rearguard who was often moved up to forward to make use of his offensive gifts.

Though not as accomplished as his dad on the offensive end, Griffin scored a dozen goals and added 24 assists in the regular season for the Oil Kings.

Griffin Reinhart is a towering shutdown defenceman with ...

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