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Summer Skate: Toronto Maple Leafs

Phil Kessel looks primed for a big 2011-12 campaign, while Clarke MacArthur could slip

Originally Published: August 17, 2011
By Ryan Popilchak and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing Aug. 17 with the Maple Leafs. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Toronto Maple Leafs

With a hot start and a few players emerging in key roles, last season looked like a very big step forward for the Maple Leafs. Despite missing out on Brad Richards in the summer, GM Brian Burke was able to bring in Tim Connolly, Cody Franson and John-Michael Liles to add a more offensive element to his team and to complement emerging goaltender James Reimer.

Trending Up: C Phil Kessel
Last Season: 9.9 GVT | VUKOTA Projection: 12.7 GVT

Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.