The Toronto Marlies are becoming a great development team. They are coached by Dallas Eakins, who spent most of his life playing in the AHL. He also played for the Peterborough Petes for the wonderful coach and mentor Dick Todd.
The team has been both developing and acquiring a tremendous pool of talent. In the days before Brian Burke, the Marlies (and keeping talent) seemed to be a big failing of the club.
Now under the Burke management and the developmental eye of Dallas Eakins, the players are growing and becoming either players or prospects for the NHL.
With this talent pool the players are giving a push to find spots on the Leafs roster. Here are several of my favorite Marlies.