Toronto has always been good about drafting and/or developing players—Thomas Kaberle, Luke Schenn etc...This year is no different. With their farm team, the Toronto Marlies, on top of their division and numerous players in their system like Reimer, Gardner, Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Joey Crabb, Tyler Bozak and Mark Owuya, the future looks bright.
Each of the above players have the potential to be permanent fixtures with the Toronto Maple Leafs, some already are. As evidenced by Toronto's recent spate of injuries (at one point, several starters were pulled), some of these young players are getting valuable experience and a quick education. You need dependable players from the farm team to step in, and some of the young players are doing a great job.
If the Leafs find themselves in a good position to make a run for the Stanley Cup, Brian Burke and Ron Wilson have options for playing and trading should the need arise. It always bodes well for a team when their farm team is finding success as well.