The Next Wave | Leafs Hub
or the past few years, we've noticed a trend with some of the Stanley Cup Champions as well as a message from the Toronto Maple Leafs management. They've drafted and developed their talent to reach the top of the hockey world. Having a deep prospect pool will benefit any team. As older players leave, young players in the system can come in, step up and make an impact with the team. For the Maple Leafs, they have been at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to this philosophy as a result of poor scouting and poor developing. While we have seen players like Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly step in and make contributions, that is all that we have when it comes to drafting and developing big name NHL players. However, that is starting to change. First came William Nylander in 2014 with the eighth overall pick. Then came Mitch Marner in 2015 at fourth overall. Then came Auston Matthews with the first overall this past summer. All three of them stepped in and are currently in the top five in