The hockey off-season is winding down and the Toronto Maple Leafs are getting ready for the new season. The annual development camp is underway with names both familiar and not playing in scrimmages yesterday.

There were lots of GIFs and videos of everyone scoring yesterday, and a lot of them were of Nick Robertson who picked up a hat trick.

There will be one more scrimmage at 10:00 a.m. this morning, so expect some more GIFs to come out then. Next up for most of these prospects is a trip to Traverse City, Michigan where they will play against the prospects of the Blues, Blue Jackets, and Red Wings in a five day mini-tournament. The first game is Thursday against the Blue Jackets at 3:00 p.m. ET

Alex Steeves on Choosing the Maple Leafs: ‘I Was Just Thoroughly Impressed With Their Vision For Me’ - The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Steeves says he was impressed with all the homework the team did on him during his time at Notre Dame. Steeves says their visions aligned with the style he wants to play.

Since the off-season is ending that means our Top 25 Under 25 will come to an end this week too. We have six players left and only five days, that means there’s a tie somewhere in there!

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