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