It’s time to rank the Leafs prospects

It’s time to rank the Leafs prospects

It’s an annual tradition on TheLeafsNation, to fill the August downtime with prospect rankings. Given that the Leafs briefly played in August, and the draft wasn’t held until October, we’ve pushed back our content to mid November to accommodate the new batch of Leafs babies and hopefully we’ll keep this content going on the site right up until the anticipated start of training camps in mid-December.
We’ve made a few changes to the way the rankings are done on the site this year as well. Previously our criteria for being considered a prospect was Calder eligibility. That never quite sat right with me in the years I’ve participated, so now that I’ve been given the keys to blog we’ve changed things up. And after discussion with the TLN crew we’ve landed on prospects being defined as players under the age of 24 with fewer than 82 NHL games played. This means that Egor Korshkov, Pierre Engvall, Adam Brooks, Mikko Lethonen, and Alexander Barabanov won’t be appearing on our lists, nor will players like Denis Malgin, who has exceeded the 82 games played.
Instead our criteria allows for Rasmus Sandin to remain a prospect …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Daily Duce: A major domino falls as the Winter Meetings get underway

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Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are here! You know what teat means? It’s time to drink exactly one beer and not sign any starting pitchers.
Things got started with a bang as the Washington Nationals re-signed World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a record-setting deal worth a whopping $245 million.

Stephen Strasburg’s seven-year, $245M deal with the #Nationals will give him highest average annual value for a pitcher in major-league history – at least temporarily. Gerrit Cole likely to get even more than $35M per, and for more than seven years. First with terms: @JeffPassan.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2019

This was a difficult one to predict given that the Nats had both Strasburg and Anthony Rendon out there as free agents. I think most figured they would open up their wallets to bring back Rendon, given that there’s less risk associated with throwing big cash at a position player than a pitcher, but good on them for taking the risk on Strasburg, especially after what he did for them in the playoffs.
Anyways, what does this mean for the Blue Jays? Well, this sets the tone for the rest of the off-season. Strasburg is the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Daily Duce: Ross Atkins speaks at the General Managers Meetings, updates on Shoemaker, Smoak, and Giles, and more!

Major League Baseball’s annual General Managers Meetings in Arizona kicked off this week, so we’re starting to get an idea as to how things are going to play out this off-season. Ross Atkins had quite a bit to say about what the Jays might be up to, so let’s get into all of it.

According to Shi Davidi over at Sportsnet, Atkins and Co. have already been aggressive in their pursuit of starting pitching. Last year, this wasn’t the case, as the Jays took a wait and see approach, letting the market settle before they made their play at under-the-radar players.
“We have tons of flexibility with an incredibly exciting young position player core and a lot of depth on our 40-man (roster) and a lot of depth in our system, much of which is in the form of pitching, which we feel bodes really well for our future,” Atkins said to Davidi at Sportsnet. “As important as the talent on the field that showed very well in the second half, certainly in the last couple of months of the season, is the environment that we have, what we feel is a special one. We’re …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The three best quotes from the Toronto Raptors media day

The Toronto Raptors hosted their annual media day this Saturday. We sifted through the uneventful and found the three most interesting responses. For the most part, media day is pretty boring. It’s a bunch of cookie-cutter quotes from players who don’t really want to be there and whose primary concern is saying nothing noteworthy. It […]
The three best quotes from the Toronto Raptors media day – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Did ESPN rank the Toronto Raptors correctly in their top 100?

For the 9th straight season, ESPN.com has released its annual Top 100 NBA Players. This year four Toronto Raptors players made the cut. Did they deserve the ranking they received? Ranking players in any sport, let alone the NBA, will always be subjective. With so many varying opinions, the order will always be unpredictable, making […]
Did ESPN rank the Toronto Raptors correctly in their top 100? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Aditya Chandran / Raptors HQ

Sports Illustrated ranks 4 Toronto Raptors in top 100, did they get it right?

Sports Illustrated has released their annual “Top 100 NBA Players” list. Four Toronto Raptors made the cut this season. Did S.I. get it right? Comparing players across the league is an impossible task. How do you compare Rudy Gobert to Kemba Walker? How do you account for Devin Booker‘s basketball situation in contrast with someone […]
Sports Illustrated ranks 4 Toronto Raptors in top 100, did they get it right? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Replacing Kadri

So it looks like the annual tradition of Kadri getting suspended for the majority of the first round is alive and well. Not all traditions are good ones I guess and that’s something to reflect on while watching Coach’s Corner. But I digress.
Kadri is likely done for the first round and Mike Babcock’s immediate solution is to put Nylander with Marleau and Brown.

So that seems like a bad idea. There isn’t really anything optimistic about this trio together. Things start looking a bit better if you combine two of them, and I think there’s a strong case there from Brown and Marleau making up two thirds of a solid fourth line, but it doesn’t seem to work with Nylander. The Leafs would be putting their fourth best forward in a less familiar position and taking away the biggest strength of his game, which is offense and playmaking.
So if Nylander at center with Brown and Marleau is likely to be done after tonight, where do they go from there?
Option 1: My Lines
So here’s where I force you all to look at my line combinations:
Hyman-Tavares-Marner
This is pretty much etched …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation