Sunday, August 30, 2009
Who we could have had in Leafland
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made numerous trades in the history of the franchise and we have decided to take a look at the draft picks they were traded away from 1995 up until the lockout year and see if we would have been better off if we had retained the pick then give it away.
Wendel Clark, Mathieu Schneider and DJ Smith from the New York Islanders for Kenny Jonsson, Darby Hendrickson, Sean Haggerty and the Leafs 1st Round pick in 1997.
Player Taken by Islanders G- Roberto Luongo
Outcome- Luongo looks to be Canada's number one goalie in Vancouver 2010, the Leafs would have been set between the pipes for years, now part of the Vancouver Canucks organization.
Darby Hendrickson from the New York Islanders for the Leafs 5th Round pick in 1998
Player Taken by Islanders F- Jiri Dopita
Outcome- Dopita never played an NHL game
Craig Wolanin from the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Leafs 3rd Round pick in 1998
Player Taken by Oilers(via Lightning) D- Alex Henry
Outcome- Henry has played a total of 177 NHL games mostly for the Minnesota Wild currently a part of Montreal Canadians organization, Leafs have depth at backend.
Jason Smith, Steve Sullivan and Alyn McCauley from New Jersey Devils for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett and the Leafs 3rd Round pick in 1999
Player Taken by Devils D- Andre Lakos
Outcome- Lakos has never played an NHL game.
Kelly Chase from Hartford Whalers now Carolina Hurricanes for the Leafs 8th Round pick in 1998
Player Taken by Whalers/Hurricanes F- Jaroslav Svoboda
Outcome- Svoboda is a lesser version of Ponikarovsky has played in 144 NHL games
Jeff Brown from the Carolina Hurricanes for the Leafs 4th Round pick in 1999.
Player Taken by Predators(via Hurricanes) F- Evgeny Pavlov
Outcome- Pavlov never played an NHL game
Bryan Bedard and the New York Islanders 6th Round pick for Felix Potvin and the Leafs 6th Round pick in 1999.
Player Taken by Lightning (via Islanders) F- Fedor Fedorov
Outcome- Fedor is Sergei's little brother, played total of 12 NHL games.
Yanic Perreault from the Los Angeles Kings for Jason Podollan and the Leafs 3rd Round pick in 1999.
Player Taken by Kings G- Cory Campbell
Outcome- Campbell has never played an NHL game.
Dmitri Khristich's rights from the Boston Bruins for the Leafs 2nd Round pick in 2000.
Player Taken by the Bruins F- Ivan Huml
Outcome- Huml has played in a total of 49 NHL games.
Darcy Tucker and a 4th Round pick from Tampa Bay Lightning for Mike Johnson, Marek Posmyk and the Leafs 5th & 6th Round picks in 2000
Players Taken by the Lightning F-Pavel Sedov, D- Aaron Gionet
Outcome- Sedov & Gionet have played in no NHL games.
Bryan McCabe from the Chicago Blackhawks for Alexander Karpovtsen and the Leafs 4th Round pick in 2001.
Player Taken by the Blackhawks D- Vladimir Gusev
Outcome- Gusev has played in no NHL games.
Aki Berg from the Los Angeles Kings for Adam Mair and the Leafs 2nd Round pick in 2001.
Player Taken by the Kings F- Mike Cammalleri
Outcome- Cammalleri has had 132 goals in 364 games played is now a part of the Montreal Canadians organization, would be top six forward in Leafs lineup.
Tom Barrasso from the Carolina Hurricanes for the Leafs 4th Round pick in 2003
Player Taken by the Hurricanes G- Kevin Nastiuk
Outcome- Nastiuk has never played an NHL game
Owen Nolan from the San Jose Sharks for Alyn McCauley, Brad Boyes and the Leafs 1st Round pick in 2003
Player Taken by the Bruins (via Sharks) D- Mark Stuart
Outcome- Stuart has appeared in 196 NHL games and is a regular stay at home defensemen with the Bruins, possible regular Leafs starter #5 or #6 defensemen
Glen Wesley from the Carolina Hurricanes for the Leafs 2nd Round pick in 2004
Player Taken by the Bluejackets (via Hurricanes) D- Kyle Wharton
Outcome- Wharton has yet to play an NHL game
Doug Gilmour from the Montreal Canadians for the Leafs 6th Round pick in 2003
Player Taken by the Canadians D- Mark Flood
Outcome- Flood has yet to play an NHL game
Brian Leetch from the New York Rangers in exchange for Maxim Kondratiev, Jarkko Immonen and the Leafs 1st Round pick in 2004 and 2nd Round pick in 2005.
Players Taken by Flames (Via Rangers)/Rangers F- Kris Chucko & D- Michael Sauer
Outcome- Chucko has played in 2 NHL games so far while Sauer has yet to play an NHL game
Ron Francis from the Carolina Hurricanes for the Leafs 4th round pick in 2005
Player Taken by Bluejackets (via Hurricanes) F- Jared Boll
Outcome- Boll is a regular with the Bluejackets playing in 150 NHL games so far, Boll would be on the Leafs 4th line
There seems to be alot of talk about the Leafs giving up alot of picks but after reviewing the draft list in our time horizon for the most part the Maple Leafs obtained players who would play many seasons in the blue and white and take on significant roles and all but possibly 4 out of the 20 picks would be on the Leafs current roster. There is of course Roberto Luongo who the Leafs would have been set in goal for many years to come but as is the risk of trading away your picks for that chance at Lord Stanley.