Photo: Forward Spencer Abbott has been a standout for the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Abbott is in his second full season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs strong start can be attributed to the depth they have accumulated over previous seasons. Under general manager Dave Nonis, the Maple Leafs continue to foster the development of their youth in hopes they will one day become NHL players.
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs 2013 first round pick Frederik Gauthier will get a look from the big club during camp, but is likely to return to the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic (courtesy of Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a big impression with their first-round selection at this year’s NHL Draft. And in his first tournament bearing the blue and white, Frederik Gauthier is hoping to make a big impression on his new employers.
Photo: Forward Frederik Gauthier was the first selection the Maple Leafs made in the 2013 NHL Draft. Gauthier is a big-bodied forward who plays a good two-way game. (courtesy of Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Slow and steady development remains the course of action for the Toronto Maple Leafs entering the 2013-14 season. With a patient approach to their draft picks over the last few seasons, the club is now in a large transition phase at the AHL level.
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads teammates Jonathan Drouin (L) and Nathan MacKinnon (C) were two of the top three picks at the 2013 NHL Draft, along with Aleksander Barkov (R) (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The 2013 draft eligible class from the QMJHL was touted as being one of the strongest in recent memory, and they certainly lived up to that billing at the NHL Draft.
Photo: Forward Frederik Gauthier was the first pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2013 NHL Draft. Gauthier projects as a two-way center who can also contribute offensively. (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The 2013 NHL Draft kicked off a busy summer for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The organization entered the draft looking to fill a variety of holes both on the pro team and in their prospect system. The prospect system (not unlike the parent club), lacked depth down the middle and between the pipes. There was also an abundance of strong bottom-six forwards, but the system lacked players with the potential for top-six roles.