After a few weeks of quiet speculation, it looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have added a new player to their potential lineup. According to Matt Brown, the Leafs have signed forward Devin Setoguchi to a Professional Tryout that will allow him to join the team for the 2015/16 pre-season and attend training camp.
Setoguchi is coming off of a rough season. The twenty-eight year old from Taber, Alberta picked up no points in twelve games with the Calgary Flames, and produced at just a half point-per-game clip with their AHL affiliates in Adirondack (Glens Falls). Rumours circulated about Setoguchi’s commitment and off-ice habits, and while nothing was confirmed, CTV’s Glen Campbell suggested that he spent time in rehab this year, and has been clean and sober for more than five months.
Ryan wrote an article about Setoguchi when Campbell first suggested that he might come to Toronto. It’s unrealistic to expect Setoguchi to return to his 31 goal, 65 point peak of 2008/09, but when focused, he’s a solid triggerman and on the positive side of the possession coin. Without the baggage, he’d be a good top-nine pickup for most NHL teams, and the Leafs are obviously hoping that some of it has gone away.
This isn’t the first time the Leafs have gone the PTO route with a player looking to rebound; Mason Raymond started his reclamation, albeit under different circumstances, with a tryout in 2013.
Other than the Flames, Setoguchi has previously played for San Jose, Minnesota, and Winnipeg.