TORONTO -- Try to envision the prototypical Randy Carlyle hockey player and the image of Tyler Biggs immediately springs to mind.
Biggs, the Toronto Maple Leafs' first pick (No. 22) in the 2011 NHL Draft, is a chiseled 6-foot-3 and 224 pounds, knows his way around the offensive zone and plays with an edge.
After leaving the University of Miami, where he scored nine goals and 17 points in 37 games as a freshman in 2011-12, Biggs made his mark in the Ontario Hockey League last season, scoring 26 goals and 53 points in 60 games with the Oshawa Generals. He concluded the season scoring a goal in four games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
Few doubt the 20-year-old native of Loveland, Ohio, has what it takes to play in the NHL. Rather, it seems only to be a question of how badly does he want it, and what is he prepared to do to make the dream come true as quickly as possible.