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Nov 16, 2012 8:37pm
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LAS VEGAS – If theres any silver lining to a season gone wrong, it will take
shape for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the annual NHL Draft in Pittsburgh on
Friday. Arian Foster Womens Jersey . “The reward you
have for a poor year is a high pick,” Leafs president and general manager Brian
Burke said Tuesday evening, following a lengthy Board of Governors meeting. “We
expect to get a guy at five thats going to be an impact player for us some day,
maybe not right away.” Well known for his theatrics on draft day, Burke wouldnt
rule out moving the fifth pick – “not far” in either direction – but made clear
his intent to utilize the pick in some capacity rather than trade it outright.
“Right now Id say yeah,” Burke said of keeping the pick. “We might trade up or
down, but so far that hasnt materialized.” Unpredictability is expected to swirl
around a draft class considered to be lacking in depth. Edmonton holds top spot
with Sarnia winger Nail Yakupov leading the pack. Rumours of a trade involving
the Oilers continue to bubble, but Burke denied any such knowledge or pursuit on
the Leafs behalf. “I have no sense from Edmonton that that picks in play,” Burke
said. “If someones actively trying to get that pick its not us.” Yakupov is the
premium offensive talent amongst a group stocked with capable blueliners. Long
short an elite prospect down the middle, Burke hinted at drafting for need –
rather than best available – but flashed only a sly grin when the prospect of
selecting a centre was raised. “You can speculate,” he grinned. “We dont think
anyone that we get at five is going to play right away so drafting positionally
probably doesnt make sense. This is the one time in my life Ive considered it,
if there were a certain position available that we might try to fill it. But we
usually go best-available athlete and thats still the way I intend to go.” Matt Schaub Jersey . Peralta hit a two-run
shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Detroit