Toronto Maple Leafs: What Were the Prospects Up to in October

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Sep 24, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips (4) defends against Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (62) at the Air Canada Centre. Ottawa defeated Toronto 4-3 in an overtime shoot-out. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The hype that the Toronto Maple Leafs have received because of the crop of young talent that have made headlines across many junior leagues is something the organization has not seen in recent memory

If the Toronto Maple Leafs can be proud of one thing in the past couple of seasons it is their stockpile of young talent and the organization’s commitment to have these prospects play a major role moving forward.

The hiring of Mark Hunter, and Kyle Dubas, could be the one thing that finally gets the Leafs on the map because their roles were not of great importance to the organization in the past.

Now the Toronto Marlies are receiving more attention as one of the most talented AHL teams. The prospects playing in the CHL, NCAA, and in Europe will no longer come into the organization as major surprises because they will receive more attention then in years past.

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Draft prospects, especially in the CHL, will receive more attention from the media in this year’s draft because the Leafs will most likely be a team picking in the top five. However, as many teams are finding out, it does not matter if you receive a high pick unless you are picking Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, or Connor McDavid, these prospects need the time to make sure that they can make the proper transition to the NHL.

Looking at what the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects accomplished in October there are reasons for Leafs fans to feel optimistic about the future.

Next: Prospects on the Toronto Marlies