There has been considerable buzz this summer about the Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs making a significant trade this summer.
For now, they’ll have to settle for swapping draft picks. The Hawks sent their 2010 second-round pick (originally from Toronto) to Toronto for the Leafs’ 2011 second and third-round picks.
According to Bob McKenzie, even though this trade was just for draft picks, it could be the start of something big for Toronto:
Why would the Leafs effectively pay a net price of a third-round pick to get a second-round pick in the 2010 draft instead of the 2011 draft?
Well, the move now gives Toronto their own first, second and third-round picks in the next NHL entry draft, which is the prerequisite for any team that would want to submit an offer sheet on a top restricted free agent player this summer.
For the record, McKenzie lists Boston’s Phil Kessel as Brian Burke’s number one restricted target.
Actually, I think this shows how much work needs to be done in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Why would there need to be a prerequisite of having a first, second, and third-round picks in a draft when those picks aren’t going to be used as compensation?
So the NHL Draft takes place in late June of 2010, free agency starts on July 1, 2010, does it make any sense that a team must have used it’s first three picks in the previous draft?
Shouldn’t it be more important that the Leafs have those three picks in the following year’s draft so if they do end up signing a restricted free agent in July, a team like Boston would have those picks to use in the 2011 Draft?
Color me confused.