Youth of Leaf Nation: Bright Future or Disappointment Waiting To Happen?

March 9th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

It's common when interviewing for a new job to be asked a question that can say a lot about who a person is and where he or she wants to be in the future: "Where do you see yourself in five years?"

A tough question, to be sure, but as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's a question Brian Burke probably has a lengthy answer for. He certainly has a vision of where he'd like to see his team in such time.

Whether he could form a reasonably realistic response out of it is another thing.

But there is no question that a GM has a plan for the future—that's why they spend countless hours talking with scouts and others, who spend even more countless hours figuring out who would be best to draft in the upcoming year.

The future is bright when you plan for it now.

The difference for the Leafs from many other teams is that much of what their future holds is playing a full-time role on the team right now—especially up ...

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