The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off of yet another disappointing season, this one in particular featuring a massive collapse down the stretch. Now, they have not qualified for the playoffs since prior to the last NHL lockout in 2004, and despite their rich franchise history, they have not won a Stanley Cup since 1967. It's safe to say, Leafs fans are eager to get back to winning.
While they may not be ready to challenge for that ever-elusive Stanley Cup championship just yet, they certainly have a chance to take a step in the right direction this season and get back to the playoffs. That chance centers around some very key pieces to the puzzle, as GM Brian Burke continues to build the team.
Here are the Toronto Maple Leafs' five most important players heading into the 2012-2013 season.