The way the Toronto Maple Leafs are collecting points lately, the Bruins might not have to worry about the whole Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin battle to be the No. 1 pick in the June 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Leafs, who famously traded their first-round pick to Boston last fall, have now recorded a point in six of their last seven games (including five wins) after falling in a shootout to Pittsburgh Sunday. (The Bruins can thank Matt Cooke, the infamous Matt Cooke, for tying the game and helping limit the Leafs to one point.)
But if you’re still holding out hope that Leafs pick will be in the top two — Toronto is two points back of Carolina and Florida in its attempt to escape next-to-last place in the overall standings — Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com has a look at the NHL Central Scouting Services meeting, where the league’s scouts debated the Hall-Seguin dilemma over the weekend.
Regardless of how the Bruins finish this season, and assuming the Leafs don’t get on a historic tear over the last two weeks, May and June are going to be a crucial time in the organization’s history. Maybe Cam Fowler, the long-time presumed No. 3 prospect, will be the player to help Boston ascend to the top again.