One of my favorites, Kevin Allen has a good summary of who he think will be the top draws come July 1, 2009. Allen has good points on all and I found his take on Jay Bouwmeester and Mike Komisarek the most interesting:
“Based on how Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke built the Anaheim Ducks with defensive pillars, it seems logical that he would go after either Komisarek or Bouwmeester.”
I think that is probably right. I would like to see one of those two guys on the blueline next year. Kevin is 100% on the mark when he says that this years FA period will be “busy as usual”. I don’t think the money will be as insane as it has been in the past, but I think the activity will be fast and furious. The one player I really like on Allen’s list is John Franzen. I am a tad scared by his age and the lack of fit with what Burke has been talking about building but man does he have all the tools! I love that Allen mentions Mats Sundin, and I am sure a certain Toronto Blogger will be on that like white on rice!
In any event, as KA says, less then 100 days to go! Let the fodder begin?
Kevin’s story is here