GM Brian Burke worked some magic to get the Maple Leafs in on the action early in the 2nd round of today's 2010 NHL entry draft. Burke traded an unnamed, unsigned prospect to the Chicago Blawkhawks for their 2nd round 43rd overall pick.
With the 43rd pick the Maple Leafs drafted Brad Ross, a 6'0", 175 lb player from the WHL. Ross, a Canadian-born player, racked up an impressive 68 points in 71 games last season playing with the Portland Winterhawks. His 68 points were a big improvement over his previous year's 26 points in 61 games played also with the Winterhawks.
Scout's have compared Ross to the likes of Steve Ott and Dustin Byfuglien. Ross is a physical player who racked up 203 PIMs this past season. I can see the comparison to Byfuglien with their high penalty minute total but the 257 lb Byfuglien is a much more imposing physical presence than the 175 lb Ross. Still, Ross' offensive capabilities paired with his physical edge make him a great asset for the Maple Leafs.