Toronto Raptors: Expectations for Raptors in 2020/21 season

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for Raptors in 2020/21 season

The NBA off-season for 2020 has almost run its course, and the Toronto Raptors appear weaker as a roster from the event. The 2020/21 season maybe the Raptors’ worst since 34 wins in 2012/13. Perhaps the COVID-19 pandemics’ economic effects have forced the Toronto Raptors‘ ownership group to consider limiting their financial commitments beyond 2021. […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: After the draft Raptors need frontcourt players

Toronto Raptors: After the draft Raptors need frontcourt players

The 2020 NBA Draft is over, and the Toronto Raptors have some major decisions to make to fill out their roster. The major question is Fred VanVleet truly a priority, or is finding frontcourt players? Officially, November 20th, 2020 is the date that NBA general managers, including Bobby Webster of the Toronto Raptors, can begin […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

William Villeneuve is the Leafs 20th ranked prospect

The Leafs generally stayed clear of the CHL throughout the 2020 draft, and Canada in general. Two players from Canada were taken in the draft, and William Villeneuve was the sole QMJHL player, taken 122nd overall in the fourth round.
The high scoring, right shooting defender was all over draft boards, but as the top scoring defenseman in QMJHL he was certainly a worthwhile gamble for the Leafs, and now we’ll see what Toronto has in him.

Rank
Grade
NHL Readiness

20th
C
2-4 years

Position: Right Defense
Age: 18
Height: 6’1
Weight: 181 lbs
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2020 4th Round, 122nd overall
What kind of player is he?
If you are looking for yet another source of offense from the Leafs blueline, then you probably like this pick a lot. If you are looking for a strong two way defender, well, Villeneuve isn’t your guy, but that’s not to say we aren’t incredibly early in his development process.
In addition to the concerns about Villeneuve’s defensive zone coverage, there are also issues with his skating. It’s not that he’s the slowest guy on the ice, he’s average by QMJHL standards, but the mechanics of his skating …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Toronto Raptors 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here! 2020 has been pure madness, but now is the time to make sure all the Toronto Raptors fans you know are happy. The sleigh bells are about to start ringing. I know, you’re probably thinking that you haven’t even started cooking the turkey yet… but the holidays wait for no one. […]
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Author: Nathan Cunningham / Raptors HQ

TLN Prospect Rankings: The Honourable Mentions

We are going to kick off our 2020 TLN Prospect Rankings with the three players who didn’t make the top 20 but are still relevant enough to make our honourable mentions.
Dmitri Ovchinnikov
Position: C
Age: 18
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 163 lbs
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2020 Round 5 #137 overall
Highest TLN Prospect Rank: 12 (By Nick DeSouza)
I personally had Ovchinnikov ranked the highest out of the TLN crew at 15. To many, Ovchinnikov was regarded as a sleeper prior to the draft and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Leafs were the ones to take him. One thing that was surprising though, was the fact that they traded up for the pick, something that we don’t usually see too often by Dubas.
Ovchinnikov is currently playing in Russia for Sibir in both the KHL and the MHL (most of his games have been with the MHL). While Ovchinnikov’s raw offensive numbers in the MHL are quite impressive, it’s his ability to transition the puck up the ice that makes me so high on him. It feels like he’s constantly generating zone entries and odd-man rushes for his team whenever he is on the ice. In the offensive zone, he has …

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Five undrafted players that have succeeded with Raptors

Toronto Raptors: Five undrafted players that have succeeded with Raptors

The Toronto Raptors select 29th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft next week, November 18th, 2020. In a weak draft, the Toronto Raptors may still find a gold nugget of talent as they seem to every year. Every year it seems the Toronto Raptors find NBA caliber talent in unusual ways. The organization has become […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Raptors could select Elijah Hughes with 29th pick

Toronto Raptors: Raptors could select Elijah Hughes with 29th pick

The Toronto Raptors will be selecting 29th at the 2020 NBA Draft. Elijah Hughes of the Syracuse Orangemen could be the next young prospect to wear a Toronto Raptors jersey. The Toronto Raptors are a championship-contending team in the NBA and have been for seven years. Their management team of the president, Masai Ujiri, and […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Turning Drew Hutchison into Teoscar Hernandez is Ross Atkins’ biggest win so far

Among the many bright spots on the 2020 Blue Jays, Tesocar Hernandez’s breakout season was arguably the biggest.

Heading into the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, you would have likely expected somebody like Vlad Jr. or Bo Bichette or Nate Pearson to be the team’s young breakout star. Instead, it was Hernandez.
On Thursday, Hernandez’s excellent season was rewarded as he was given an American League Silver Slugger Award. Hernandez joined Eloy Jimenez and Mike Trout as the AL’s Silver Sluggers for the outfield.
The award is really no surprise at all as Hernandez was one of the best hitters in the league this season. He smashed 16 homers, drove in 34 runs, and slashed a .289/.340/.579 line. Had Hernandez not gotten injured late in the season, he could have feasibly found himself in the discussion for AL Most Valuable Player.
Though it was only a 60-game sprint of a season and results sort of have to be taken with a grain of salt, it looks like Hernandez has become a key part of the Blue Jays’ future. Over his past 162 games (136 of which have come since making a major adjustment during a stint with Triple-A Buffalo), Hernandez has a .833 OPS with 42 home …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 2020 NBA Draft trade for Mitchell Robinson

Toronto Raptors: 2020 NBA Draft trade for Mitchell Robinson

The Toronto Raptors own the 29th pick at the 2020 NBA Draft being held on November 18th. This year’s draft is considered weak, and the Toronto Raptors could trade out of the first round. The Toronto Raptors have been a serious contender for the NBA Championship for seven consecutive years. They claimed the title in […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Drafting Tyler Bey in the 2020 NBA Draft

Toronto Raptors: Drafting Tyler Bey in the 2020 NBA Draft

The Toronto Raptors will select 29th at the 2020 NBA Draft on November 18th. It’s uncertain they will keep the pick, trade up, down, or out of the draft entirely. The Toronto Raptors are a contending team, and the 2020 NBA Draft is filled with rotational or role player type talent. There is a possibility […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ