When Sheldon Keefe took the reins for the Maple Leafs as head coach at the organization's rookie tournament in London, Ont., last fall, he himself was a rookie - at least, in terms of working for the franchise. But he's back this year with a great deal of success under his belt - a record-setting season as bench boss of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies will do that for a head coach's resume - and Keefe sees things unfolding very similarly in London with a new crop of young talent.
"I think it will be very similar as it was to last year," Keefe told MapleLeafs.com prior to the rookie tournament, which kicks off Friday night and extends through Sunday. "I don't think I need to adjust anything or deal with anything differently. There's a lot of different things in place within the organization to help players, and my job is to focus on their development, and lots of other people help keep the players focused on what they need to focus on.