Tyler Biggs Drafted By Toronto Maple Leafs
It’s been a busy week for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. Earlier in the day Burke pulled off a deal with the Colorado Avalanche which saw the Leafs ship a 2010 second round draft choice (acquired in the Tomas Kaberle trade) in return for veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles.
On Thursday the Maple Leafs were involved in several other trade rumors, including the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter deals which took place on Thursday.
Burke failed to bring either Richards or Carter to Toronto, electing to hang on to his picks and, if the rumors are true, prospect Nazem Kadri.
When you look at the Maple Leafs organization two soft spots stick out—a lack of legitimate number one centres and a real need for skilled wingers.
Burke made a move on the draft floor, trading his 30th and 39th pick to the Anaheim Ducks for the 22nd pick overall.
Burke used that pick to select U.S born 6’2” 205 pound Tyler Biggs, which is no surprise when you consider the organizational needs and the fact that Burke has always liked Truculence, pugnacity and testosterone—three attributes Biggs will bring to the Maple Leafs someday.
Tough, a decent skater and a leader, Biggs is projected to play at the Miami of Ohio next season where he will continue to develop his game, so do not count on him playing for the Blue and White anytime soon.
Burke has a penchant for dipping into the US NTDP system, Biggs is yet another example of that.
Until next time,