Thursday, June 25, 2009

Entry Draft Rankings: The Experts' Take

It goes without saying: this is a big weekend for the Leafs and Brian Burke.

It's not often that the Leafs head into the entry draft with their first round pick and two choices in the second round. In fact, the Leafs have gone into the draft with their first and second round picks just 8 times in the last 20 years.

Adding to the possiblities for a makeover of my beloved Leafs, the no-trade clauses in Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina's contracts disappear for a few weeks starting this Friday, giving Burke a few more chips to play.

I have no idea what the Leafs will do - trade up, trade down, pick at 7 or perhaps all three.

As rumours abound as to who the Leafs are targeting (it might be easier to make a list of prospects the Leafs aren't interested in) I thought I'd post a few links of expected draft orders. If you suddenly need to know where Louis Leblanc is rated, you can check in with the experts below.

Bob McKenzie at TSN has an astounding record of predicting the top 30. His list is here.

Kyle Woodlief of Redline Report can be read here.

Lowetide (love that blog) has his top 30 here.

Hockey Symposium's top 40 are here.

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