As the NHL regular season creeps closer and closer, one thing is guaranteed for players trying to crack the Toronto Maple Leafs' opening night roster: earning a spot will be very, very difficult. With additions like Matt Lombardi, Cody Franson, Tim Connolly, and John-Michael Liles, the chances of making the big squad for players who have not yet defined themselves as NHL-worthy players just yet are pretty slim.
What makes things even more competitive is the vast amount of talent in the Toronto Maple Leafs' minor league system, which boasts a number of highly touted youngsters who were either drafted by the Maple Leafs in recent years or traded for by GM Brian Burke.
The talent and depth of these (fingers crossed) future stars for the Toronto Maple Leafs rivals any team's prospects in the NHL, as has been showcased in the recent NHL rookie tournament, where the Leafs' prospects have played very well against the competition facing them.
Although it is unclear right now who will in fact still be in the minors come October, here are the top 10 players in the Toronto Maple Leafs' minor league system.