Now more than ever Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is under scrutiny because of the lack of legitimate NHL players he has been able to acquire. However, what most people choose to overlook is the amount of prospects that he has been able to acquire in order to restock an organization completely devoid of worthy prospects.
No longer are players like Robbie Earl, Jeremy Williams, Ben Ondrus and Kris Newbury considered the organization's top prospects. Thanks to Brian Burke, the Leafs have a plethora of young prospects who could make an impact in the NHL in the coming years.
Sure the Leafs may not be where most people had hoped right now, but they are definitely going in the right direction. I fully believe the Leafs will make the playoffs either this season or the next, and after that it's not long before they can be considered contenders once again.
Even though the odds are Burke won't be around to see this team succeed, he has done a lot more to help them than people give him credit for. While it may be time to put a new face to the Leafs GM, fans will be thanking him in the years to come.
This article will focus on current Toronto Maple Leafs players and prospects in the system who are 25 years of age or under and what their future role with the Leafs will be. Data from hockeysfuture.com will be used in this article as well as other sites like thescoutingreport.org.