The evolution of any NHL team that rises out of the throes of mediocrity to become immortal in greatness is an epic ideal any fan of the game loves to see.
There is also something about cheering for the underdog and seeing them succeed in the end that can make the neck hair of even the most stubborn of curmudgeons stand on end.
Making the sport of hockey all the more enticing is the fact that it is a team game and as such, the collective efforts of all components make or break a successful season.
Perhaps this is why, as fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, we covet the holy grail of the hockey world to a degree arguably unmatched by any other franchise.
We've seen some forward progress to be sure, but what elements are still missing from the Toronto Maple Leafs roster to push them over the edge to become a bona fide top-tier club?
We'll look now at 10 players who have the potential to make the Maple Leafs the championship team we so desperately want them to be.