Mike Babcock helps raise $72,000 for mental health, and meets with the media in Peterborough, Setoguchi discusses his battle for sobriety, and more in the links.

Wednesday Links:

  • TSN: Babcock on Lemaire hiring, Leafs’ expectations (Video)
    After speaking at a mental health function outside of Toronto, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock discussed why he feels the hiring of Jacques Lemaire as a special assignment coach will make the Leafs a better team, and also explained what his expectations are for the season.
  • TSN: Babcock: “It’s time to get going” (Video)
    Mike Babcock talks about his hopes for the start of training camp, the new staff that the Maple Leafs have brought on board in the offseason and what a good on ice product can mean for the future of the team.
  • Jamie McLennan: Examining Lemaire’s role with Maple Leafs (That’s Hockey)
    That’s Hockey weighs in on what Jacques Lemaire’s role will be as Maple Leafs‘ special assignment coach, what he will bring to the team, and what we can expect from Mike Babcock on his first day of camp in Toronto.
  • Lance Hornby: Setoguchi will be in tough to make Maple Leafs (Toronto Sun)
    “This last year was a long year for me,” Setoguchi told CTV Calgary Sports Director Glenn Campbell in a recent interview. “About three quarters of the way through, I ended up going to rehab for drinking. It’s been about five months that I’ve been sober now.
  • Dale Clifford: Breakfast with Babcock raises $71,544 (Peterborough Examiner)
    “When I heard what they were doing here and had the opportunity to be here, I wanted to come,” he said. “I didn’t come here as a coach but I wanted to talk about mental health and share it with others. I care about people, worry about kids. There is nothing worse than suffering in silence. People need someone to talk to if something is wrong. Sharing with someone can get you through it and can make a difference. These things have been very important to me.”
  • Elseldo: Maple Leafs Top 25 Under 25: #13 Stuart Percy (Pension Plan Puppets)
    Injuries and a bad development plan last season, according to Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas (via another great Marlies article from Kyle the Reporter). 14 points in 52 games gives us his lowest point per game season since his OHL debut.
  • Travis Yost: Individual Point Percentage: What it is, how we can apply it, and how GMs can exploit it (TSN)
    Individual Point Percentage (“IPP”) is a great way to identify and explain potential outlier performances in a given season. Teams who are cognizant of the effects of IPP and the principles of regression analysis can use IPP to steal talent as it becomes cheaply available, and send away talent that reaches a peak price by virtue of favourable random variance.
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