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With how well the Leafs have played so far this season, fans could be forgiven for not being ultra focused on the franchise’s young talent playing outside the NHL.
The Leafs’ prospect pool, however, has improved significantly through the last couple of drafts and there are players in the system who might not be outside the NHL for long. The continued development of the organization’s top prospects will be essential to the Leafs being able to sustain the model they are currently finding so much success with.
Having so much of their salary cap space allocated to the top part of their lineup, the Leafs have had to find useful depth players on the cheap. Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza have made the most notable contributions among the lesser paid players on the team, but others like Zach Bogosian, Travis Boyd, and even Jimmy Vesey have played important roles for Sheldon Keefe’s squad as well.
Those guys won’t be around forever, and while Kyle Dubas will continue looking for cheap veteran depth, integrating some of the organization’s top prospects on cheap contracts will be key to maintaining a successful team in …
Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation