Picking At No. 7
With no deals to be had, the Maple Leafs are set to pick seventh tonight in the NHL draft.
The scenarios for that pick go like this.
If Spokane defenceman Jared Cowan is available - Phoenix is expected to grab him first - the Leafs will grab him.
If not,GM Brian Burke is expected to go for either London forward Nazem Kadri or Swedish defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Larsson is a high-end offensive blueliner who would be the obvious successor to Tomas Kaberle, now a certainly to be traded this summer after he was nearly dealt to Boston today.
In the case of Kaberle, the Leafs will wait to see the Jay Bouwmeester sweepstakes play out, then try to attract offers from the teams that don't land the rangy blueliner.