Rebuilding can be as laborious and tiresome as losing—and more often than not, they go hand in hand.
But this retooling phase can also be an extremely exciting process to witness—seeing the budding young stars of tomorrow finally spreading their wings to take on new and more lucrative roles within their respective organizations.
If there is a silver lining to a very up-and-down NHL season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, it comes in the form of a consolation prize for having a strong collection of young players in the system who can help them win in the near future.
This organization has been in constant evolution since Brian Burke took over as general manager.
And it could be said that if there is one thing that has been consistent within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization over the last four years, it's been change.
The turnover of player personnel has been drastic, but this revolving door of player changes we've seen come through Toronto should only continue until an adequate "core" group is established—that should be the goal, at least.
One of the positives to take out of all of this change is their apparent stockpile of young assets biding their time with the Toronto Marlies, waiting for their opportunity to shine with the big club.
There will always exist some shuffling and retooling with any team that strives to perfect the balance of having veteran leadership and experience while providing developmental opportunities with young upstarts on the rise.
With the team seemingly taking on a new direction under head coach Randy Carlyle, will there be new or better opportunities for these youngsters to make the jump into the NHL?
Let's review six young players who should see significant time with the Maple Leafs in 2012-13.