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

Ideas for the Toronto Raptors two remaining jerseys

Ideas for the Toronto Raptors two remaining jerseys

It’s been almost two weeks since the Toronto Raptors released the first three jerseys of their new collection. On October 15th the Toronto Raptors excited fans and media alike as they released the first three of their new set of 5 jersey styles. The New Association and Icon Edition jerseys present a familiar look being […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Nate Pearson will reportedly start for the Blue Jays on Wednesday

The wait is almost over.

According to Jamie Campbell, the Blue Jays are planning to start Nate Pearson on Wednesday in Washington against the Nationals.

#BlueJays plan to start Nate Pearson on Wednesday in Washington, per source.
— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) July 27, 2020

We always knew that Pearson would make his Major League debut at some point this season, the question was simply when it would happen. Pearson’s service time will have been adequately manipulated by Wednesday, so the Blue Jays will gain an extra year of control before he can hit free agency well down the road.
Adding Pearson to the rotation should be a huge boost for the team. Though we should always keep our expectations for rookies at a realistic level, Pearson was absolutely dominant in spring training and realistically could hit the ground running and immediately become a top-of-the-rotation option for the Blue Jays.
Also, having Pearson in the rotation (along with Hyun Jin Ryu, Matt Shoemaker, Trent Thornton, and Tanner Roark) will allow the Jays to use Thomas Hatch and/or Anthony Kay as a reliever, which will give Charlie Montoyo some much-needed depth out of the ‘pen.
Pearson is currently on the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

5 Thoughts Ahead of the Finale in Cali

In what almost certainly will be the last time the Maple Leafs play in California, tonight the Leafs will take on the Anaheim Ducks in the third contest of this West coast road trip.
The results so far have not been very inspiring, despite these three teams being shadows of their recent greatness. In a 5-2 loss to San Jose, and a 1-0 shootout loss in Los Angeles, they will look to have a stronger showing tonight against Anaheim.
Lines
Toronto
With no pregame skate today, these lines are based on the line rushes from yesterday.

LW
C
RW
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 75.1#28 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.7#4 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 77.1#14 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.30#3 FL1

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.6#14 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 78.7#13 C

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 71.9#88 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.73#5 FL2

KYLE CLIFFORD
Rating: 70.1#115 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.6#94 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 72.8#65 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.48#15 FL3

DENIS MALGIN
Rating: 69.8#118 LW

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 69.5#142 C

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.2#128 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.82#26 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 72.0#74 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.6#52 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.32#28 DL1

MARTIN MARINCIN
Rating: 71.1#98 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 75.9#17 …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Three impressive trends from the Toronto Raptors’ 15-game win streak

The Toronto Raptors went almost a month without losing a game. Other than the franchise-best 15 wins in a row, what made this streak so impressive? This season for the Toronto Raptors has been nothing short of spectacular. They’ve managed to overcome an endless cycle of injuries and have been at the top of the […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs activate Trevor Moore from IR, assign him to Marlies for conditioning stint

He’s (almost) back, baby!
After suffering missing 15 games due to a shoulder injury suffered on November 15th, then returning on December 21st and immediately landing back on the shelf with a concussion, Trevor Moore has finally been activated from Injured Reserve this afternoon. In a corresponding move, the Maple Leafs assigned the 24-year-old winger to the Toronto Marlies for the purpose of a conditioning stint.

The @MapleLeafs announced today that the team has assigned forward Trevor Moore to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 17, 2020

This is delightful news for a Leafs roster dealing with some horrid injury luck. Welcoming Moore back into the fold gives the team one more healthy piece at their disposal, which they assuredly need in their continued fight for divisional standing within the tightly-contested Atlantic.
Everyone knows how great Moore is, so let’s talk logistics.
The conditioning stint makes complete sense for Moore. Regardless of any rehab or off-ice work he happened to take part in while recovering from his various ailments, Moore has not seen consistent game action for the better part of the past two months. Such a lengthy lay off would …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

The definitive starting lineup of the decade for the Toronto Raptors

A new chapter is almost upon us, but basketball lives on. Who features in the best Toronto Raptors starting lineup of the decade? A lot can happen in 10 years – in life and in basketball – and the reality in which we know can change instantly or overnight. To start the decade, life as […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Some Thoughts On The Leafs Rookie Tournament Roster

It’s almost September, which means we’ve nearly reached Rookie Tournament Season! The Leafs just announced their roster for the upcoming Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which you can find here. 
So, what exactly have the Leafs brought to the tournament here? Let’s break it down.
The Drafted
The Leafs are bringing a total of ten draft picks to the tournament. Two of them were recently drafted in the 2019 NHL Draft: Nicholas Roberston, their second-rounder, and Mikhail Abramov, the first of their two fourth rounders. Mikko Kokkonen, Mike Koster, Kalle Loponen, and Nick Abruzzese, who were also drafted in 2019, will not be going to the event.
It’s usual for European-based players, USHL players and NCAA players to miss the event, which would explain their absences. 
Four draft picks from the 2018 NHL Draft (Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Mac Hollowell, Filip Kral and Riley Stotts), one draft pick from the 2017 NHL Draft (Ian Scott), two draft picks from the 2016 NHL Draft (Egor Korshkov and Joseph Woll and one draft pick from the 2015 NHL Draft (Jesper Lindgren) will also be attending. Der-Arguchintsev, Kral, and Stotts are expected to return to the CHL for next season, while the other players mentioned will play their …

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation

The Almost Million Dollar Men: Part One

This is part one of the three-part series, “The Almost Million Dollar Men”

In an off-season dominated by chatter surrounding highly paid Free Agents, both Restricted and Unrestricted, there are a group of players who have been underrepresented. These are the players who make less than $1 million per season, and it’s easy to see why people don’t spend much time considering them.
This season, any player who makes less than $1,075,000 can be loaned to the minors without leaving any impact on their NHL club’s salary cap. Players in this category typically bounce around from team to team before they have a respectable season and stick with one organization.
On top of that, there is a lot of uncertainty as to whether or not they play a single NHL game for their team, since a bad performance at training camp could mean waivers, and waivers could mean that the player packs their bags and heads to another NHL city.
I want to reiterate that point early in this article; that training camp performance could drastically change expectations for every player on this list.
So, why should you read an article about the least valuable (in dollars) players on …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Canada watches in record numbers as Kawhi Leonard sinks Sixers in Game 7

Sportsnet says almost six million Canadians saw most or all of yesterday’s Game 7 between the Raptors and the 76ers Sunday night’s Game 7 between the Raptors and the 76ers was tense, back-and-forth, and featured an already-legendary finish — and a record number of Canadians tuned in to see it.
According to Sportsnet, Game 7 was the most-watched basketball game in ever in Canada, with 5.8 million Canadians tuning in to watch some or all of the game.
5.8 million! That’s a lot! Like, 16% of our entire population! But hey, if you like mind-boggling numbers, I have even more for you.
The average number of viewers for the game was 2.2 million people watching; if you want something to compare that to, consider this: February’s Raptors-Spurs tilt, featuring DeMar DeRozan’s return to Toronto, was the most-watched regular season basketball game ever in Canada… and the average number of viewers for that game was 710,000. Quite a jump!
Wait, wait, I have one more inconceivable number for you. At 9:33 p.m. last night, when that crazy dragon lady was doing her thing on Game of Thrones, 3.8 million Canadians were watching that crazy Fun Guy Kawhi Leonard drop his miracle four-bouncer through the hoop to …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ