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A Further Look at the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL Draft

In this article, I will be taking a further look at the Toronto Maple Leafs 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The draft will take place at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 22nd and 23rd. The 1st round will begin at 7:00 PM EST on Friday the 22nd. The 2nd through 7th rounds will start at 10 AM on Saturday on the 23rd.

The Maple Leafs have the 5th overall pick in 2012 NHL Draft and with this pick, where I believe that there are three players that Brian Burke could select.

Mikhail Grigorenko, a Russian born player, standing at 6′ 3″ and 200lbs, who currently plays for the Quebec Remparts and is slated to be drafted in the top three picks in this year’s draft. Grigorenko is a scoring machine who is nicknamed “The Russian Factor.” Grigorenko is an extremely talented center with great hands, amazing IQ, superb vision and tons of offensive upside.

Filip Forsberg is the latest star on the rise in Sweden. At 17, Forsberg was allowed to play ten games for Leksands IF in the Hockey Allsvenskan and he even scored a goal during that time. A season later Forsberg collected 17 points in 43 games in the Leksands IF. Forsberg stands at 6′ 1″, 175 lbs and has an elusive stride that makes him very difficult to contain in the offensive zone. His speed is exceptional and carries the puck very well on his stick.

Alex Galchenyuk, 6′ 2″, 185lbs and born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Was selected first overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft and ever since then his stats have been out of this world. Alex’s father was a veteran of the Russian Super League. Galchenyuk has been compared to the likes of Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Why I featured these three specific forwards is because I sincerely believe that Brian Burke will draft a forward with his 5th overall selection, with certainty this year. Even though there are other positions Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs still need to address, a forward for the future is what the Maple Leafs need to bank on in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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