The Toronto Maple Leafs and President and General Manager Brian Burke will have the 5th selection in this year’s 2012 NHL Entry Draft which will take place on Friday. Brian Burke has not selected 5th overall since he selected Luke Schenn 5th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Our hope for Brian Burke in this year’s draft is to select a player that actually will make an impact on the Maple Leafs in good time. I do not expect this 5th overall pick to break into the line-up this fall, but the severity of Brian Burke needing to get this selection right, is ever so crucial.
The other aspect to mention is that will Brian Burke draft based on team needs or pick the best available player. Well I think Brian Burke needs to select team needs; this mean drafting a forward who was the potential to be a solid to six forward.
Players that the Maple Leafs Could Pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Mikhail Grigorenko, a Russian born player, standing at 6′ 3″ and 200lbs, who played for the Quebec Remparts this past season and was slated to be drafted in the top three picks in this year’s draft. Now Grigorenko is believed to have slipped down in the top 10 of the draft, meaning that the Maple Leafs could have the opportunity to select him. 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.
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.
Filip Forsberg is the latest star on the rise in Sweden. At 17, Forsberg played 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 Forsberg has great control with the puck on his stick.
If I were to hope for a certain pick, it would be Alex Galchenyuk because of the Maple Leafs’ need for a center, but I would be more than happy to settle with the winger, Filip Forsberg.
A forward for the future is what the Maple Leafs and Brian Burke need to bank on in the 2012 NHL Draft.
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