With Brian Burke now at the helm of this storied—and lately pathetic— franchise, he has shown a clear and concise direction.
He wants this team to be big, mean, tough to play against but also skilled. This is a very tough combination of adjectives, or skill sets, to find packaged into one player, but Burke has done his best to find these players. Or at least find players with some skill sets and some with others to compliment each other.
The one player on the Leafs that probably personifies a "Burke-style player" more than anyone else, would be heir to the captaincy—Dion Phaneuf.
He brings a great combination of physicality, leadership, offensive ability and defensive awareness.
With that, here is the transformation the Toronto Maple Leafs took from last years draft to today.