Ranking the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Top 10 Prospects

September 8th, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
The 2013-14 season saw the graduation of Morgan Rielly to the major leagues. The defenceman, who just turned 20 in March, had been the crown jewel of the team's development system. 

But one of the few upsides to Toronto's late-season collapse was the chance to put a new name at the top of the list. William Nylander, 2014's No. 8 overall selection, now joins a group that includes some former first-rounders and some later picks punching well above their draft position. 

The following slideshow ranks the Leafs' 10 best Calder-eligible prospects (players like Carter Ashton have played too many NHL games to qualify) and provides capsule scouting reports. Prospects are primarily ranked based on their potential NHL ceiling, but the amount of risk involved in that projection is also a significant factor in this list.

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