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#2674821 Maple Leafs win 2016 draft lottery

Posted by kickazz on Yesterday, 07:45 PM


That bolded statement is absolutely, positively, 100% false. Pretty well the ONLY way to build a perennial Cup contender nowadays is to drop to the bottom and draft like mad.


Star players don't get to free agency except in rare circumstances and to trade for one forces you to deplete your depth. The one way to build up a bunch of high end talent is to draft them.


The thing about what the Leafs have done is that it's not just one 1st rounder. They've finally decided to take their time, develop these kids and do it properly.


They have three top-5 picks in the fold now in Matthews, Marner and Rielly. They have another top-10 in Nylander. They have Pittsburgh's 1st this year, so there's another one, if they keep it. Won't get a great player in the high 20's, but should get a good one. They also have the 31st overall pick and another one in the 2nd round (Washington).


They should get another decent 1st rounder in 2017 (don't think it will be top-5, but you never know), plus they already have three 2nd round picks in 2017. 


Will those players be as good as their draft position indicates? Who knows, but you don't get them unless you're in those early spots in the draft. 


The way it is shaping up, I think the Leafs will be a really, really good team in 3-4 years. They'll start climbing the ladder pretty soon, I hope.


By the way, your entire post is completely contradictory. You say the 1st overall doesn't matter, then list off how good the Oilers were with McDavid, and how lousy they were without him. Doesn't that prove the point? That said, the Oilers are a completely different animal, they have screwed that up in every way imaginable. They let the inmates run the asylum and the results showed, which is not unlike what the Leafs had been doing for 45+ years until the Shanahan regime took over.

You misread my entire post. My stats showed the Oilers did better without McDavid when he was injured than with him when he came back. McDavid didn't bring the Oilers out of the crap team they are and neither will Mathews. My points is Toronto won't simply turn it around with Mathews or one or two other players. They need a lot more than that (for starters having Nazem Kadri has your center is a mistake). Which goes back to my original point that they will not win a cup under Babcock's current contract. 


I'm willing to take bets on this matter - I stated this twice already this year in the forums. The Maple Leafs will not win the Stanley cup under Mike Babcocks current contract. 


Edmonton has been tanking for years and have plenty of young promising players but somehow ALWAYS seem to miss the playoffs. What makes you think the Maple Leafs will turn it around in 3 years? Don't tell me Babcock. He had a hall of fame roster with both experienced vets and 2 best forwards in the league from 2005-2012 and only won once. 

#2674819 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kickazz on Yesterday, 07:38 PM

If they came out and said LED lights are a go... the stadium is back to being badass. Otherwise it's just any other arena. I guess I think it's just too plain right now. The LED lights were something to brag about. 


Honestly I was fine with JLA and didn't feel like a new arena was necessary. The LED lights is what sold me when they came out with the presentation couple years ago.. I was like DAM!!!!! 

#2674801 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by kickazz on Yesterday, 06:27 PM

Detroit, where we want the best players but only if they have certain character traits... And I agreed for a long time, but times have changed, we don't have that luxury until we are a top contender again. Where players come here to win cups, not to just play for a playoff team. Radulov helps us go in that direction simple as that... And get a guy like helm off the top 6.... It's a no brainier, if the contract is right, it's low risk high reward.

Sadly if we sign him and can't offer Stamkos Max, we will hear fans for years saying we passed in Stamkos for Radulov with out any knowledge if he was even going to sign here. We still here about Parise and Suter... And both wanted to play together in Minny, 500k didn't make the difference.

That's why they should offer Stamkos first 

#2674786 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kickazz on Yesterday, 04:34 PM


#2674765 Random Discussion Thread

Posted by kickazz on Yesterday, 01:13 PM


#2674744 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kickazz on Yesterday, 11:25 AM

Joe Louis Arena was on Steve Yzerman Drive. 


Little Caesar Arena will be on Pizza Pizza! Drive. 

#2674710 Maple Leafs win 2016 draft lottery

Posted by kickazz on 30 April 2016 - 11:25 PM

Every team in our division has a brighter future than the Wings.  



We have a Larkin. 

#2674676 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kickazz on 30 April 2016 - 04:27 PM

Petition started to change name of Red Wings' Little Caesars Arena



Won't matter.  

#2674568 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kickazz on 29 April 2016 - 10:16 PM

Their pizza is not very good

#2674540 Blashill

Posted by kickazz on 29 April 2016 - 07:41 PM

Tatar took responsibility upon himself and didn't really blame the coach.

#2674537 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kickazz on 29 April 2016 - 07:37 PM

Currently eating Little Caeser's cheese pizza.


Nom nom nom

along with the new arena, LC is also sponsoring the future Red Wings 3rd or alternate jersey


credit to @NickRobbins23 

Is the C for Captain Cheese?

#2674535 New arena construction updates

Posted by kickazz on 29 April 2016 - 07:34 PM

At least the top should say Detroit Red Wings? 

#2674520 This hits the nail on the head......

Posted by kickazz on 29 April 2016 - 05:26 PM

telling the truth isn't raging

Um yeah it can be lol. You can speak to truth or lies and RAGE. Dictionary.com Frank. 

#2674384 ECSF : Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Posted by kickazz on 28 April 2016 - 10:26 PM

Caps win! Oshie won it on a hatrick goal in overtime... #YEAMURICA!

#2674367 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by kickazz on 28 April 2016 - 09:07 PM

So they basically lied to the city and fans?

Basically. It was supposed to be a Red Wings arena but it's turned into a Little Caeser thing. Mike Illitch trolled us hard. 


Would be one thing if tax payer money wasn't involved.