Toronto Raptors: A realistic expectation for Fred VanVleet this season

Toronto Raptors: A realistic expectation for Fred VanVleet this season

After getting his well-deserved payday to remain with the Toronto Raptors, the eyes on Fred VanVleet are at an all-time high. Ahead of the new season beginning, we’ll take a look at what the realistic expectation for the undrafted guard is. From the moment soundbites were released of Fred VanVleet’s comments on JJ Redick’s podcast, […]
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Author: Kyle Oliveira / Raptors HQ

What do the Leafs need to do to become Stanley Cup contenders?

After the Toronto Maple Leafs’ free agency, you could say their chances of becoming Stanley Cup Champions has become higher. Adding @T.J. Brodie, Wayne Simmonds and Joe Thornton to their roster makes them deeper but also a team that’s tougher to play against.
The long off-season has made it clear that each team will come into next season with one goal in mind: to win the Stanley Cup. Toronto is one of the teams that people believe have a chance to do something they haven’t done in a long time. That is, if they play their cards right and grow past their old ways.
Which is, one of the three things they need to change to show they’re ready. The other two are in the video that you should watch. And hey, if you enjoy the video make sure to subscribe, too.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 Free Agent shooting guards that could replace Terence Davis

Toronto Raptors: 3 Free Agent shooting guards that could replace Terence Davis

After the news that was released about Toronto Raptors rookie Terence Davis, it has raised a lot of eyebrows as well as a lot of questions. After what happened with Toronto Raptors rookie Terence Davis people are now left wondering if the Raptors will indeed walk away from Davis or somehow decide to bring him […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Leafs target Joe Thornton signs with HC Davos

After weeks of anticipation, Joe Thornton has signed with a pro hockey team! It’s just not with the Leafs or the Sharks.

HC Davos confirms that Joe Thornton has rejoined the team. He’ll use the time in the Swiss league to prepare for his 23rd NHL season.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 15, 2020

Throughout the offseason, Thornton has been training in Switzerland where he lives during the offseason. Given that it has been over seven months since he last played an NHL game and he has intentions of returning for another year, it makes sense why he’s chosen to play in the National League.
It’s not Thornton’s first time suiting up for HC Davos as he’s played for the team during both the 2004 and 2012 lockouts. He’s recorded a combined 22 goals, 68 assists, and 90 points in 73 games.
In 70 games last season with the Sharks, he recorded seven goals, 24 assists, and 31 points.
Toronto is tight on cap space at the time of writing this post, so signing Thornton likely means someone else will be on the move in the coming days/weeks.
Related:

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Joe Thornton to the Leafs?

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Let’s review all 3 years of LeBron James in LeBronto era

After winning his fourth championship in more of a floor general role, it’s time to review each series the Toronto Raptors and LeBron James battled against each other and see the various styles LeBron had. Whether you like him or not, there is no arguing that LeBron James is one of the greatest players the […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Grading the Maple Leafs’ draft and free agency signings

So, here we are. Four days after free agency and seven days after the NHL draft. Are you having fun yet?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a few key additions during free agency along with drafting a great bundle of prospects. It’s been an interesting yet different free agency, but one that I can say the Maple Leafs succeeded in. Bringing in toughness and adding a few defenders, it looks like Toronto is moving closer and closer to contention.
Yet I still don’t believe they’re done yet.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs sign Zach Bogosian to a 1-year, $1 million contract

Hours after Kyle Dubas said he was looking to add physicality on the blueline, he did just that by signing a recent Stanley Cup champion.

Welcome to Leafs Nation, Zach!
We’ve signed Zach Bogosian to a one-year contract. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/DMGoBfo66E pic.twitter.com/5k5WCoSlV5
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 11, 2020

According to the Leafs, the deal has an average annual value of $1 million for the 2020-21 season.
More to come.

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs select William Villeneuve with the 122nd overall pick

After a number of picks where the Leafs have selected from overseas, at pick 122 they landed in North America and selected William Villeneuve from the Saint John Sea Dogs.

GP
EV P1/GP
P1/GP
S%
G
Pt
P1
ppg
EV GF%
EV GF%Rel
eTOI/GP
P1/e60
AGE SEPT 15
HT
SHOOTS

64
0.4531
0.6094
5.56
9
39
58
0.9063
48.17
6.46
23.41
1.5621
18.49
6’01
R

data from pick224.com

So Villeneuve is an offensive defenseman to say the least. He led the Sea Dogs in scoring last season and so far in two games this year he’s picked up an assist.
At 6’1 he’s got NHL size, and while Villeneuve was ranked by some scouting agencies, others like Elite Prospects had him on their do not draft list citing his lack of speed and agility and absence of standout skills compared to his peers.
Other agencies like Future Considerations had him as a potential second round pick, citing things like his passing and playmaking abilities. For a fourth round pick there are bound to be a few more concerns attached to a player and taking a chance on Villeneuve doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Of course we might be haunted by Ty Tullio still being on the board …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

In Rod the Leafs trust

After sitting out the first round of the 2019 draft, the Leafs had a chance on Tuesday night to make significant addition to their prospect pool thanks to a deal in which they acquired Pittsburgh’s 15th overall selection. There was plenty of speculation leading up to the draft that the Leafs would move the pick for immediate help, and it seems they may have been close to doing so after GM Kyle Dubas said they used the entire clock because they were in trade talks for the pick right down to the final second. He made sure to clarify the reasoning for them going down to the wire, stating there was no debate about who they were choosing if they kept the pick.

Kyle Dubas says Leafs went to time limit because trade discussions were ongoing. Leafs were not debating whom to pick at 15.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) October 7, 2020

Following an unusual scene where commissioner Gary Bettman stepped to the podium to announce that Toronto’s time had run out and they needed to call a timeout or make the pick, Mitch Marner stepped in front of the camera in the Leafs’ makeshift war room to welcome Russian winger Rodion Amirov …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Travis Dermott and Ilya Mikheyev have received qualifying offers from the Leafs

Less than 24 hours after the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft ended, the Leafs made the expected move of retaining two key players that were RFAs.

Ilya Mikheyev and Travis Dermott have received qualifying offers from the #leafs ahead of today’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, as expected.
Mikheyev’s camp expects to resume contract talks after the draft.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 7, 2020

This is a decision that I’m sure a lot of you expected to see but it is still relieving nonetheless. Mikheyev’s party has confirmed they will resume negotiations after the draft is finished and while Dermott’s camp hasn’t mentioned their plans, my best guess is that they will likely do the same thing.
Prior to a wrist injury that kept him out of the lineup for months, Mikheyev scored eight goals, 15 assists, and 23 points in 39 games. Dermott missed the first part of the season and managed to produce four goals, seven assists, and 11 points in 56 games played.
The number of Leafs RFAs the team has to deal with was shortened following today’s announcement. Denis Malgin was given a one-year extension less than a week ago and Kyle Dubas revealed yesterday that the team has …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation