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Strengths: Despite the pressures of the Toronto media, Brian Burke has managed to build up the Leafs prospect depth in his tenure so far. Smooth-skating Jake Gardiner had a promising year with the big club and has the look of a future top-pairing defenseman. Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin and Jerry D'Amigo all should make a push to be on the pro roster this fall, as they'll be given a much better chance under new head coach Randy Carlyle than they received from received from their last head coach.
Over the past year, the Maple Leafs have added Carter Ashton, Nicholas Deschamps and free-agent Hobey Baker finalist Spencer Abbott, all of whom add a lot of depth and flexibility to the system.
Weaknesses: The growth of the Leafs pro roster has not kept up with the demands of the fans and media. This has forced Brian Burke to make some questionable moves, like over paying for Tim Connolly last summer. The Leafs still desperately need a high-end, playmaking center to pair with Phil Kessel. Unfortunately for Leafs fans, those kinds of players are few and far between. Perhaps they will look to add this player through the draft this Friday, as Alex Galchenyuk would be an ideal fit for the Leafs' needs.
Rick Nash has had his name linked to the Maple Leafs, but the cost to acquire the Toronto native will likely be too high, and his cap hit isn't quite attractive to a team that already finished sixth in league scoring—especially when he doesn't fill Toronto's No. 1 need. The Leafs will also pursue a starting goaltender this offseason after James Reimer had a disappointing season.