2012 NHL Draft Notes: Leafs looking at both Yakupov and Galchenyuk … CBJ like Yakupov … Oilers should draft Yakupov, trade for Dman

  • Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports and Andrey Osadchenko of Oilers Nation: Igor Larionov has said that the Maple Leafs may want to trade up in the draft for Nail Yakupov and/or Alex Galchenyuk, as neither may be there when they draft at #5. Larionov added the Blue Jackets are also interested in Yakupov, “Scott Howson, Craig Patrick and Tyler Wright spent two days in Sarnia with Yakupov and his family. It’s a serious indication they really want him.” Larionov:

    Tambellini told me: ‘We like him. We want him. But we’re going to make a decision the day before the draft’. I also know the Habs want to get one of my guys – either Nail or Alex [Galchenyuk]. So do the Leafs. It is possible that the Leafs are going to trade their draft pick and get both of them. There is a possibility like that. Nail and Alex went to New Jersey for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After this they met Leafs GM Brian Burke. Then Nail met with the Habs.

  • Cory Pronman of ESPN: The Oilers have some nice pieces along the blueline like Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry and Nick Schultz, and some nice prospects in Oscar Klefbom, David Musil, Martin Marincin and Martin Gernat. Pronman thinks the Oilers need to draft Nail Yakupov with the 1st overall pick. Yes, the Oilers could use a top end defenseman, but the draft isn’t the place to fill that need. Murray may have the potential to be one at some point, but it can take defensemen a few years to get there. Going the trade route may be their best option. The Predators and Coyotes could use some scoring help and are stocked with good, young Dmen. The Coyotes have 3 nice Dmen in Oliver Ekman-Larsson, David Rundblad and Brandon Gormley. Some think that Jordan Eberle may be looking for a contract more than he’s worth when he becomes a RFA after 2013-14.


  1. Jeff

    June 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Leafs land two top picks? Well, this is the GM that landed the Sedins.

  2. hotwings

    June 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

    although it sounds ridiculous for the leafs to land both the top 2 picks… burke does orchestrate these atypical deals involving big pieces and complicated manoeuvres

  3. d

    June 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

    i think if burke is not careful, he could get fired for doing something like that.

    if you trade for the top 2 picks for the draft, you are basically stating that you are in a rebuild mode. what is the price he will have to pay to get those picks? they wont be cheap.

    Also, the sedins were drafted in 1999, but it took until after the lockout before either one hit 55pts (I was going to say 50, but turns out daniel hit 54 in 2003-4).

    Point is these guys wont be ready for the playoffs for a few seasons at least

  4. hotwings

    June 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    still… as a leafs fan, i wouldnt mind him doing that… things aint right in leaf land and its not a bad thing that burke is happy to wheel and deal… id be happy to have a team akin to the oilers and watch a bunch of young kids develop instead of what we have had for the past 10 years…

  5. Micatola

    June 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Burke is in the process of rebuilding. Saying that he is admitting defeat by trading to get the top 2 picks is just lip service. He is going to do whatever to improve his teams chances of future success. Right now the Leafs are bottom 3rd in the depth department. Not because Burke screwed up but because he inherited a bare cupboard and spent the past few years restocking it. The Marlies are proof that he is still in a full rebuild and the latest rumours are more indication of that.

  6. d

    June 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    @micatola, i would disagree with you in terms of depth. according to hockeysfuture.com, they’re actually rated as 8th in the league in terms of their prospect pool. I will admit burke did a good job of filling the cupboards, but remember burke came here to re-tool the team, not rebuild. admitting defeat may be lip service, but its not the stage this team should be at after 8 years of no playoffs. Quite frankly, (and sadly) this all comes down to the phil kessel trade. He made the decision to trade what would eventually become a 2nd overall pick, a 9th overall pick, and a 2nd round pick, which would have been the key to a so-called rebuild. so for him to change his direction to a rebuild could have repercussions.

    @hotwings, while i would love to see the leafs have an oiler-like team, again, there would have been a better chance of that if we had kept those 3 picks instead of going after kessel. And if the leafs are willing to make that sacrifice now, it completely discards the first 5 years burke was in town.

  7. Nick Culoman

    June 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Look, No one could have predicted the Leafs would have dropped to Lottery pick status when the Kessel deal happened…We know that now with hindsight……Life doesn’t work that way, if it did every GM would be fired or no GM would take risks.

    Kessel was 21 when we traded for him, he has scored 30+ goals every year he has been here, how is that a bad trade?? Toronto hasn’t had that type of sniper in forever, once the Leafs pick up their number 1 center, and secure the goaltending…The Kessel deal won’t seem so bad…..Just as a side note…Kessel has scored 30+ without a Center and no one gives him credit for making Bozak, Lupul look so good.

  8. Jeff

    June 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Finally, a rational response to the Kessel trade from Nick.

  9. d

    June 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

    i think you missed the point i was trying to make.

    i dont disagree with you in terms of kessels production, he has done well. That’s not what i’m questioning.

    and i would also agree that we didnt think that they would turn into lottery picks.

    my point is that when you trade two 1sts and a 2nd, you are clearly stating that you are NOT rebuilding. by toiling for 3 more seasons out of the playoffs then declaring a rebuild is reacting too late.

    A quote from his first press conference: “I’m not interested in a five-year rebuild here,”

    If he had the balls he would admit that he failed, and I could respect him a little more if he admitted that, and that the team is in a rebuilding mode. And wats sad about that is for 5 years we’ve been told that the main goal is to make the playoffs. Now you’re going to tell me that its time for a rebuild?

    Also, the leafs were not a playoff team when that trade happened, and no offense, but that trade was debated from the second it happened, there was a lot of uncertainty from the start(i know this because i was highly criticized for calling burke an idiot for making that trade).

    As you stated there was a (huge) risk in that deal, and I’m not saying that we shouldnt take risks, but when we take risks in life, we must be responsible for the consequences of our actions. burke knowingly took that risk, and it did not pay off, so im sorry but i dont buy the hindsight argument. http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=46770

    the whole point of what i was saying anyways was that he’s switching directions too late. His original vision of the team has failed, whether he is willing to accept it or not.

  10. rickithebear

    June 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Burke also looked at muuray and asked if he wanted kadri. told him “i am going to take him” and proceeded to take a over hyped product of the knights big TOI. ottawa then took a future 32 shutdown d right after.

    burke went from Kuel to Tuel.

  11. rickithebear

    June 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    illoked at point % for teams after the allstar break. there was only one team that was less than .400. that was toronto @ .375. they are currently the worst team in the league.

    when burke took over the leafs in nov 2008. the leafs had gone .586 for the period after allstar break.

    from .586 to .375 Beauty burke.