Photo: Ottawa Senators forward prospect Shane Prince turned in a good performance at the 2013 Rookie Tournament, including a two-goal outing in the Sens 6-2 tournament-deciding win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (courtesy of Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
The Forest City hosted some of the league’s best and most-promising young talent over the weekend, thanks to the four-team, Toronto Maple Leafs’-sponsored 2013 Rookie Tournament. And team brass and fans alike can hope that some of the players who passed through the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON will serve as the foundation upon which success will be built for years to come.
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly got his first taste of the pro game in 2012-13 with a stint in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan may not be the end of the world, but it’s certainly a long distance away from where Morgan Rielly wants to be this season. And while he professes to be okay should he find himself back in the CHL, the 19-year-old former first-round draft pick isn’t going to become a Warrior without putting up a fight.
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: 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.