A lot has changed in a year for Leafs Nation and with their need for a top-line centre, Brian Burke has done his best to bring in as much talent as possible to add strength down the middle.
Since the Kessel trade, Burke has been under scrutiny for not getting Kessel, a centre, and has been the focal point of Burke's tenure as the Toronto Maple Leafs' GM.
When Burke took over in November 2008, the depth chart for the Leafs had a lot of upgrading that needed to be done.
Just to refresh your memory, here is what the Leafs had down the middle at the time Burke took over:
- Matt Stajan
- Mikhail Grabovski
- John Mitchell
- Christian Hanson
Relying on these players, along with another few Toronto Marlies' players that made an appearance, it was clear that this was going to be a challenge.
When you look at the charts now, the belief is that the Leafs are a playoff-contending team.
Here is the depth at centre that we now see for the team going into the 2011-12 season.