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09:44 AM ET 08.13 | Toronto general manager Brian Burke has thus far not responded to unrestricted free agents who are seeking a tryout with the Leafs at next month's training camp. Indeed, the Leafs' burgeoning farm system is starting to yield more prospects who are worth a closer look. Heading a list of players in their early 20s who will be seeking full employment are forwards Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Luca Caputi, Matt Frattin, Jerry D'Amigo and defencemen Jake Gardiner and Jesse Blacker. The two first-rounders the Leafs secured at the 2011 draft, forward Tyler Biggs and defenceman Stuart Percy, along with 2010 class forwards Brad Ross and Greg McKegg, are thought to be at least a year away from making a serious push.

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August 13, 2011  10:03 AM ET



Let's hope they get rid of Rotten Ronnie to give some of these kids a chance.

August 13, 2011  10:06 AM ET

And interns, thanks for a "new" photo although it's gotta be from his Vancouver days or his Bar Mitzvah.

August 13, 2011  10:18 AM ET



Enjoy!

August 13, 2011  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And interns, thanks for a "new" photo although it's gotta be from his Vancouver days or his Bar Mitzvah.

What Burkie really looks like on a Saturday morning. lol

August 13, 2011  10:47 AM ET

are you really 'STICKING to your youth movement' if all you have are players that nobody wants? As far as I see it, Burke doesn't have much of a choice.

August 13, 2011  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What Burkie really looks like on a Saturday morning. lol

He looks how I feel this morn :)

August 13, 2011  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He looks how I feel this morn :)

Did you a Chaco do it up right last night?

August 13, 2011  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

are you really 'STICKING to your youth movement' if all you have are players that nobody wants? As far as I see it, Burke doesn't have much of a choice.

Agreed. The headline should be -

Burkie Sticking to Doing Sweet **** All

August 13, 2011  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He looks how I feel this morn :)

My body is telling me 'no mas'... Can't stray too far from my home base because I fear not being able to find a toilet...

File this under too much information.

August 13, 2011  11:19 AM ET

I gotta admit that I'm not familiar with any of those names besides Caputi. He went to Toronto from Wilkes-Barre in the Ponekarovsky trade. He was real good in Wilkes-Barre, but when they called him up to Pittsburgh a couple time he disappeared. If he is typical of the young talent Toronto has, Burkie may want to return some of those UFA phone calls.

August 13, 2011  11:24 AM ET
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Did you a Chaco do it up right last night?

Still hanging in there Canuck, Doc says no more high cholestrol foods for him. If he were human he'd be like 400 on the scale.

August 13, 2011  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

My body is telling me 'no mas'... Can't stray too far from my home base because I fear not being able to find a toilet...File this under too much information.

I hear you though. Is it really just gas LOL

August 13, 2011  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

My body is telling me 'no mas'... Can't stray too far from my home base because I fear not being able to find a toilet...

File this under too much information.

Not at all Foil....

it's a Burkie thread so talking about explosive diarrhea is quite appropriate. :-)

August 13, 2011  11:29 AM ET
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I hear you though. Is it really just gas? LOL

That's not a gamble you want to lose. lol

August 13, 2011  11:30 AM ET
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Still hanging in there Canuck, Doc says no more high cholestrol foods for him. If he were human he'd be like 400 on the scale.

What the hell are you feeding him? Cheeseburgers and deep fried butter?

August 13, 2011  11:32 AM ET
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What the hell are you feeding him? Cheeseburgers and deep fried butter?

Pizza . spaget, mac and cheese. When I dump veggies in he acts insulted.

August 13, 2011  11:35 AM ET
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Pizza . spaget, mac and cheese. When I dump veggies in he acts insulted.

I would too. lol

Maybe keep him away from the stuffed crust.

August 13, 2011  11:49 AM ET

The only management more inept than Burkie...ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I give you, THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

2000, 4th overall; Rotislav Klesla (not exactly the player you want as your first-ever pick)
2001, 8th overall; Pascal Leclaire (good goalie, not a bad pick, too bad about the injuries)
2002, 1st overall; Rick Nash (wow, slam dunk pick)
2003, 4th overall; Zherdez (we all know how that worked out)
2004, 8th overall; Alexandre Picard (who?)
2005, 6th overall; Gilbert Brule (who?)
2006, 6th overall; Derick Brassard (who?)
2007, 7th overall; Jakub Voracek (can we say average nhl player? Maybe he'll improve...)
2008, 6th overall; Nikita Filatov (traded to Ottawa for 3rd ROUND PICK)
2009, 21st overall; John Moore; (jury's out)
2010, 4th overall; Ryan Johansen; (jury's out)
2011, NONE

So in 11 drafts (no pick in 2011), they had 10 of those picks in the top 8. The only one that they got right was a slam dunk first-overall. Jury's still out on the most recent batch, but overall, it's a horrible success rate.

August 13, 2011  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And interns, thanks for a "new" photo although it's gotta be from his Vancouver days or his Bar Mitzvah.

Well .... I don't know about that ..... he has those Dr. Spock eyebrows here.

 
August 13, 2011  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Let's hope they get rid of Rotten Ronnie to give some of these kids a chance.

That was funny. The kids will be old men before Wilson gives them a chance.

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