So this is St. Louis Blues discussion, how? J/K.
Had they signed him to an offer sheet, wouldn't they have given up a 1,2, and 3? Why would they give up a 1, 2, and 1?
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You figure that Kessel will be better than anything they would have gotten in the draft..and you have to give to get.
The Leafs added a very good player without giving up anyone off of the roster. I like the move for them, even though they gave up some very good picks...but they may turn out to be nothing, and often do.
The Leafs are quickly getting much better. I don't think they are of the mindset to build for the future. They want to build to win now and in the next few years.
What I don't understand is why Boston, who is a cup contender, would give up Kessel for guys who won't make an impact, if ever, for years. Boston is a cup contender now. You'd think they would have traded Kessel for a guy or two that could help their team this year. Sure, they'll enjoy the picks in the draft when they get them, but that doesn't help them this year, or next year even. I guess they could always trade one of those first rounders to pick up a guy at the deadline to improve their club. We'll see.