Updated: Media friendly hype or reality?

Posted: 09/02/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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Former Ducks GM Brian Burke is media savvy. Current Ducks GM Bob Murray is ahh, challenged in the media skills department. So when attentive to Hogtown Homer based media reports, it’s always good to consider the source.  And I don’t mean this in a bad way, it’s just reality. With that caveat, consider:

To Ducks: Francois Beauchemin; To Leafs: Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and a conditional 4th round Entry Draft pick. Did Brian Burke eat Bob Murray’s lunch? THN’s Ryan Kennedy, who penned, “…the more Gardiner develops, the more it looks like Burke didn’t just win the trade, he hit a homerun” caught up with the rookie prospect the other day.

We may get an early CHOMP CHOMP answer soon. If Jake Gardiner makes the Leafs roster AND has a better year than Kurtis Foster? Oh man reality bites.

Mike Brophy of sportsnet.ca got with Leafs head scout Dave Morrison in this look at 5 young up and comers.

Jake Gardiner, D: The 17th overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 joined the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies for 10 games last year after scoring 10 goals and 41 points in 41 games with the University of Wisconsin. Gardiner, who joined the Maple Leafs along with veteran winger Joffrey Lupul and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2013 for defenceman Francois Beauchemin last season, is 6-foot-2 and 193 pounds and helped Team USA win the gold medal at the World Junior Championship in 2010.

Scout’s take: “He’s got great feet — a fantastic skater,” Morrison said. “He’s one of these kids who we believe will contribute on offence, but we’re just not certain right now how much.”

In other words, Leafs hope Gardiner is another Paul Coffey. Jake could also earn a successful NHL career similar to that of Marc-Andre Bergeron or Ian White. Then again Gardiner may never establish himself as NHL D-man.

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