Summer Skate: Maple Leafs
After a busy offseason, can the Leafs return to the postseason?
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Note: Due to the lockout, GVT scores for 2012-13 are prorated from 48 to 82 games.
Summer Skate: Toronto Maple Leafs
After a heartbreaking exit from the playoffs, the Maple Leafs made several knee-jerk moves in the offseason, including signing tough winger David Clarkson to a lucrative long-term contract, and dealing for goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
The 2013 season will either be remembered as the year the Leafs took the next step toward being a consistent contender in the East, or an anomaly for a floundering franchise. There are compelling arguments to be made for either outcome coming to fruition.
Trending up: D Jake Gardiner
Last season: 0.3 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 4.1
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