There was a time when the Maple Leafs had a glut of quality prospects. That’s not the case now, since the future has arrived and the organization is beginning to leverage its prospects to address needs. The trade to acquire Jake Muzzin for two prospects and a first-round pick was an example. And compared to the bad old days, things are a polar opposite on the drafting and developing front. The Leafs have found quality players in the top, middle and bottom of the draft and have poured resources into developing them.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Leafs have no shortage of skill, but the sense is they’re vulnerable when opponents lean on them. There is a dearth of grit in the lineup in the form of players who can both contribute – or at least not hurt the cause – and provide a physical edge that la...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.