Toronto is at a crossroad as the NHL franchise has missed the playoffs again, and GM Brian Burke is now on the hot seat with ownership and fans. The team will use this year's draft and free agency to make a run at the post-season, but another failed season could see some major changes to the Maple Leafs on and off the ice.
With the fifth overall choice in this weeks draft, most experts have the team taking an offensive player. The latest mock from Bleacher Report has the Maple Leafs taking center Alex Galchenyuk from Sarnia of the OHL. The Maple Leafs have failed to add a top-line center, and drafting Galchenyuk would definitely fill that need.
In round two, the team is expected to draft Phillip Di Giuseppe from Michigan. The young winger has good size and will give the Maple Leafs more depth on the offensive end of the ice. Di Giuseppe is the type of player Burke likes as he has size and good hockey IQ, but he might need some time in lower leagues before making his way to Toronto.
With no picks in the third and fourth rounds, Toronto will need to make their top two choices wisely and use free agency to fill other needs. Toronto will likely add some help at goalie this summer, and these moves could have the Maple leafs return to the NHL post-season for the first time in several years.