For a Toronto Maple Leafs team that has struggled to find success this season, it may already (once again) be time to look ahead to the future of the club, and the players that may have a shot at not only making it next season, but those who will have an impact on the team for years to come.
The Leafs are often criticized for their lack of draft picks and propensity to trade away prospects rather than watch them grow within the system, but the talent that is stock-piled in the minors is not as sparse as one might think.
Sure, the Leafs have called up 11 different players from the Marlies this season and it's difficult to say more than one of them has performed well enough to suggest good things to come in the future, but it's difficult to asses a player's entire future on a five-game stint in the NHL.
Actually, it's difficult to asses any player's future at any point in their career. Ask Clarke MacArthur.
The future isn't now for these players, as they're still honing their skills and preparing for what they hope to be a long, successful NHL career. For these guys, it's all about tomorrow.
Kind of like the team they're trying to make.
Here's the current power rankings of the Leafs top ten prospects in the minors (based on their current play, not hype).