Eric Staal, Ryan Getzlaf, Dion Phaneuf, Thomas Vanek, Shea Weber, Milan Michalek, Mike Richards, Corey Perry, Brent Burns, Zach Parise - and that's just the tip of the iceberg with this group.
Are Staal, Phaneuf, Getzlaf and the rest of 2003 the greatest draft class since '79?
A list of players drafted into the NHL in 2003
If the team is to rebuild, this has to stop and they have to get lucky with a really good draft in all rounds this year and next.
gordholio, 2008-03-15 02:42:30
"It's rather notable" that Montrealer has to comment on the ineptitude of the Leafs. As a 45 year old life long leaf fan, I have also always appreciated good hockey and good hockey teams and therefor, have always appreciated the storied Montreal Canadians. It bothers me however, that so many Habs fans take so much pleasure in the Leafs not doing well. Let's face it, it's not the players faults, hell, we've suffered through the Ballard years where he almost singlehandedly destroyed a once storied franchise in the late 70's, early 80's however, in the early 90's they came back with a vengeance to an almost Habs / Leafs final in '93 were it not for Gretzky with the Kings. Anyway, they are on hard times now and I for one look forward to the next few years if they are able to land a GM with some experience in building through the draft, for real, astute trades and yes, eating some salaries to move a few of the no trade 5 like Kabina and Tucker and giving more opportunities to some of the good young talent thay have with the Marlies and complimenting / leading them with some good available free agents and grit players who want to come to Toronto to play. It may take a few years but I for one, believe it or not, still have faith! Time will tell.
Still a Leaf Fan, 2008-03-11 20:25:17