As discovered by PPP a couple days back, it looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs made a pretty serious offer to the Columbus Blue Jackets that involved the fourth overall pick in the 2015 Draft.
In the ‘2015 CBJ Draft Table’ video released by Jackets TV, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen mulled over an offer from the Leafs that would see the fourth overall pick swapped for the eighth, 34th, 38th and 58th.
While Kekalainen played it cool on the phone with an unnamed member of the Leafs’ front office, he told his draft table that, if Arizona passed on Hanifin with the third pick, Toronto want “all of [our] seconds” in exchange for dropping down four spots in the order. That is a huge, huge price for Columbus to pay, making it all the more surprising when Kekalainen told his table he’d probably take the deal if he wasn’t so sure he’d get Zach Werenski at eight.
As we know, Kekalainen turned down Toronto’s offer. Mitch Marner became a Maple Leaf with the fourth overall pick, while the Blue Jackets got Werenski as expected.
Basically, this almost happened. But it didn’t. Is that a good thing?
Personally, I like the idea of trading down from the 24th overall pick (which did happen) and keep the high pick and grab an elite prospect (which also happened) as opposed to getting too cute in the top 10. I like what the Leafs ended up doing, even if they were trying to do something else.
What about you? Would you trade the 4th for the 8th, 34th, 38th and 58th? Mighty tempting, but there are good arguments to be made on both sides.
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