2009-10: In his final season with Lake Superior, Simon Gysbers would impress enough to sign a deal with the Leafs following 38 games and 15 points. He would spent 14 games with the Marlies, adding an assist.
2010-11: Gysbers was the top offensive defenseman for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) in his first pro season. Gysbers, despite missing time in November, finished with 7 goals and 25 assists and was -4 with 32 PMs in 60 games. Toronto missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fifth in the North Division.
2011-12: Over-shadowed by younger prospects like Jesse Blacker, Korbinian Holzer, and Juraj Mikus amongst the defensemen corps for the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies, Gysbers led all Marlies defensemen with 29 points in 68 games and was plus-13 in his second pro season. The Marlies reached the AHL finals after finishing first in the North Division. Gysbers skated in all 17 playoff games and was plus-four with 1 goal, 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes. The Leafs re-signed him to a one-year contract in July 2012.
A late-blooming offensive defender, Gysbers has shown that he has a knack for creating offense from the blueline. The 6’4 defender has a good transition game, and is able to get the puck through traffic from the back-end. He has a low panic threshold when moving the puck which aids in his transition game. Defensively, Gysbers is a work in progress. Becoming a more aggressive defender for his size would benefit his overall game, as well as being able to read the play defensively.
Gysbers is playing for the AHL's Toronto Marlies in the 2012-13 season.
Projection: Low-maintenance, depth defender with offensive capability.