Toronto Maple Leafs: Top 2012 Draft Needs, Targeted Prospects and Predictions

June 5th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »

The Toronto Maple Leafs failed to make the playoffs for the seventh straight season this year, which is currently the longest postseason drought in the league. They hold the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft.

While the biggest need for the Leafs is upgrading their talent at the goaltending position, they won't address that weakness with their first-round pick. Instead, they will look for a top-line star, preferably a No. 1 center.

Defense is also an area of need for the Leafs, and there will be several quality young blueliners available to general manager Brian Burke at pick No. 5.

The Leafs will have a lot of choices when it's their turn to pick, and it's a selection that will have a significant impact on the future of the franchise.

Let's look at what the Leafs' draft needs are, which prospects they may target and predictions for their first-round pick.


Biggest Needs

As mentioned above, the biggest needs for the Leafs heading into the summer are goaltending, a No. 1 center and defense, in that order.

There aren't any goaltenders worthy of a top-10 pick in ...

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