2015-16 Leafs player projections courtesy of Gus Katsaros, Rob Vollman praises the Leafs’ off-ice spending this offseason, and more in the links.

Thursday Links:

  • Gus Katsaros: Toronto Maple Leafs 2015-16 Player Projections (MLHS)
    McKeens guru, Gus Katsaros, provides a yearly team output prediction with thorough predictions of ice time and player production.
  • Rob Vollman: How the Maple Leafs finally spent wisely — by hiring a top-tier coach (ESPN)
    Insider subscription required–Rather than spending the dying days of the summer trying to find one last free agent, NHL teams should be fine-tuning their coaching staffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs certainly believe in this, having opened their proverbial wallet wide for Mike Babcock, and having recently added the legendary Jacques Lemaire to his staff.
  • Alec Brownscombe: Toronto Maple Leafs officially sign Devin Setoguchi to Professional Tryout Agreement (MLHS)
    Alec provides a detailed breakdown of Setoguchi’s PTO and some of the problems that have plagued him in his career.
  • Achariya: Maple Leafs’ Top 25 Under 25: #12 Brendan Leipsic (PPP)
    Reviewing his tape, it’s clear that his style is encapsulated by a heavy drive toward the net — whether by slapshot from the top of the circle at wing, or by crashing the net at C. He’s versatile, used in different positions, but the unifying message in his play is his focus on getting the puck into the net, whether from his own stick, or his linemates’.
  • Eric Francis: Setoguchi is ‘quite a project’ for Leafs (Sportsnet)
    “I think it’s a creative attempt to try to resurrect someone’s career and address a need in Toronto,” Francis added, explaining that there’s “no risk” for the Leafs to bring him in for a tryout. “But I just think the odds are so stacked against him.
  • Phyllis Kessel: Puck Daddy’s Summer Series: The Toronto Maple Leafs from A to Zed (Puck Daddy)
    With the rebuild in full swing, Leafs fans have been promised a lot of “pain” in their immediate future. However, fans can feel excited about the crop of young talent that have already cracked the Leafs lineup, such as defenders Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner and forward Nazem Kadri.
  • Ryan Lambert: Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Kessel and Crosby; Canes on the move? (Puck Daddy)
    So Phil Kessel is going to play with Sidney Crosby, huh? There wasn’t really a good answer between Kessel-and-Crosby or Kessel-and-Malkin as far as opponents went, but if you’re looking to keep Pittsburgh goals off the board, that was probably about as bad as the news could have gotten.
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