While many Toronto Maple Leafs fans, and fans across the league, focus on the NHL trade deadline as vital, it's safe to say that the NHL draft is the more important event in helping to shape a club for the future.
In the salary-cap era, it is increasingly difficult to obtain high-quality players at the peaks of their careers. It can be done, but developing from within the organization is the most cost-effective and efficient way to go.
Let's take a final look at the Maple Leafs' best options in the No. 8 spot of the first round.