The Toronto Marlies are in the midst of another deep AHL playoff run this spring. This should only benefit the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the organization's top NHL prospects are getting invaluable experience in one of the better leagues outside of the NHL.
The club has been one of the more successful AHL teams over the past three seasons. A second-round defeat in the 2012-13 playoffs is its worst result in the last three years.
The top NHL clubs are developing players within their farm systems. It takes time to do so, and with the rash of injuries that the Leafs suffered this season, several Marlies made extended appearances with the parent club.
There could be at least three (if not more) roster openings with the Leafs in 2014-15.
Let's take a look at some talented Marlies who may be able to fill these spots next season.