Which Players Will Leafs GM Brian Burke Go After With Columbus’ No. 4 Pick?

May 30th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
It’s not very often that an NHL team gets a shot at selecting in the top-five of the NHL Entry Draft. If Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke had elected to pass on  Phil Kessel and keep his first-round draft choice the Leafs would be doing exactly that, in fact, the Leafs would be drafting second overall.

Recent reports from various news outlets suggest that Burke is in hot pursuit of the Columbus Blue Jackets' first round draft pick, which would be the fourth overall selection.

In order to get the Blue Jackets coveted first-rounder the Leafs would have to give up veteran all-star calibre defenseman Tomas Kaberle and perhaps a forward such as Mikhail Grabovski or Nikolai Kulemin—who has yet to sign a long term deal with the Leafs and is in the middle of a contract squabble.

The question all Leaf fans want to know is this: if Burke does pull off a miracle and lands the Blue Jackets fourth overall pick, which players would Burke have his eye on and are any of them worth giving up Kaberle and a forward for?

First, let me premise my thoughts by stating that, given the Toronto Maple Leafs’ depth on defense and their absence ...

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