The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #2 Nick Robertson

Coming second on this year’s Top 20 Leafs Prospects list is last year’s #1, Nicholas Robertson.
Robertson, who torched the Ontario Hockey League for more than a goal-per-game in 2019-20, came into the 2020-21 season with a lot of hype and excitement surrounding him. Leafs fans were encouraged to see him keep his head above water in his first NHL stint as he joined the Leafs for their play-in series against Columbus.
Evaluating Robertson’s 2020-21 campaign was challenging, as he had a tough time stringing together long stretches of play between injuries, the Marlies’ COVID hiatus, and spending time watching the Leafs from the press box. When he played, his talent was still noticeable, the work ethic was still abundantly apparent, and he still showed a knack for blowing pucks past goaltenders. However, he played just 27 games of professional hockey last year, which did not give us much runway to work with to assess his progression.
Position: Left Forward
Age: 19 (20 on September 11)
Height: 5’9
Weight: 164 lbs
Drafted: 53rd Overall, 2019 NHL Draft by The Toronto Maple Leafs
2020-21 Teams: Toronto Marlies, AHL (21GP) | Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL (6GP)
2020 Prospect Ranking: #1
Overview
Robertson, an undersized forward at 5-foot-9, was selected midway through …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #16 Semyon Der-Arguchintsev

Coming into the 2020/21 season, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev had a lot to prove in regards to his legitimacy as an NHL prospect.
His Draft+1 season in 2018/19 was disappointing as he stagnated offensively but found his groove again the following year. Questions were yet to be answered about his skillset and whether he would be able to translate to the next level as he entered his first season of professional hockey.
While we didn’t get the sample size we may have wanted, as his season was impeded by the AHL’s delayed start and an injury suffered while on loan in the KHL, we did see a glimpse of Der-Arguchintsev’s capabilities at the professional level this past season. The limited sample has still resulted in Der-Arguchintsev dropping slightly down the rankings, but his 2020/21 campaign showed promising signs that could have him shooting back up the list in a year’s time.
Position: Centre
Age: 20 (will be 21 when the 2021/22 season begins)
Height: 5’11
Weight: 170 lbs
Drafted: 76th Overall, 2018 NHL Draft by Toronto
2020-21 Team: Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, KHL & Toronto Marlies, AHL
2020 Prospect Ranking: #14
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev style made his transition to the professional game this past year so interesting to watch. His vision …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

In Jack Campbell, the Leafs finally have consistent goaltending

Coming into the season, Jack Campbell’s role with the Toronto Maple Leafs was clear- be the best and most reliable backup Frederik Andersen has had since Curtis McElhinney.
The amazing story that played out couldn’t have been more different than what had been drawn up, in the best way possible, because Jack Campbell finally hit his potential.
Originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2010 with talk around the league watercoolers describing him as a kid who has ice in his veins and was projected to be a near-elite starter, once he developed, Campbell struggled mightily to establish himself in the world of professional hockey, due in no small part to injuries and debilitating confidence issues, but now, he has fully arrived. One small side note before we begin, if you have a subscription to The Athletic, I highly recommend reading James Mirtle’s profile on Campbell from April 5th. In this amazing feature, Mirtle explores Campbell’s journey from his childhood all the way up to him taking the starter’s role in Toronto. It was the kind of writing that I (a journalism student) strive to achieve at some point in my career.
Season Recap
Campbell appeared …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Meet the Sellers: Miami Marlins

Coming into the 2021, the Miami Marlins had hoped they could be a competitive team after their successful showing in last year’s shortened season. 

They finished second in the NL East, with a 31-29 record, landing them only four games behind the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins would beat the Chicago Cubs in the wild-card round and then get swept in three games by the Braves in the NLDS. 
The team came into this season with some optimism, but after a tough start through June 15th, the Marlins sit at the bottom of the division with a 29-39 record, 9.5 games back of the New York Mets. General manager, Kim Ng, will more than likely be selling uncontrollable assets to teams with the hopes for a large playoff run. The Toronto Blue Jays are absolutely one of those teams.
In my eyes, after some of the bullpen struggles, adding some arms is Toronto’s biggest priority. The Marlins also have a utility player I think would compliment the Blue Jays as well, which could spell some lost playing time for a guy like Cavan Biggio, who has struggled some this season. In an ideal world, the Marlins would also have some starting …

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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

Day After Thoughts: Soupy shutouts and the Alex Galchenyuk Revenge Tour

Josh Anderson said of the Montreal Canadiens coming into Game 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs “you’ll see a hungrier team tonight,” and in hindsight, the Habs should not have skipped their pregame meal.
An air of uncertainty hung over the Leafs in the leadup to Game 4. Sheldon Keefe didn’t appear in front of the media to provide any lineup updates until about two hours before puck drop, so all day, the waves of speculation raged: would Campbell be trusted to start on back-to-back nights or would the ice-cold Frederik Andersen be called upon? Would Nick Foligno return? Would any of the veterans take the night off in favour of getting some young blood in?
And once the updates did arrive, one particular lineup change sparked some confusion: Rasmus Sandin would be sitting and Travis Dermott would draw in. In less controversial moves, Riley Nash drew out in favour of Adam Brooks.
The young Brooks’ chemistry with the grizzled vets on the fourth line bubbled back to the surface early in the game as he set Jason Spezza on a clean breakaway with a brilliant pass. This play unfortunately didn’t result in the opening goal, but it’s …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

What’s the most cursed way the Leafs season could end?

We all know it’s coming don’t we? The Leafs seem to have a supernatural ability that prevents them from simply losing games or playoff series in a normal way. Whether it’s blowing a 4-1 lead, getting shut out twice in five games, or losing to a zamboni driver, the team is continuously finding spectacularly unique ways to let their fans down. It could be the result of a curse, or it could be just plain old bad luck – either way, with the team set to take on its arch-rival Montreal Canadiens to begin the 2021 playoffs, anyone who knows what the Toronto Maple Leafs are capable of can’t help but allow one terrible intrusive thought into their mind.
What is the most cursed way this Leafs season could end?
Simply winning a round or two and then eventually going down in a hard-fought series that everyone agrees featured an excellent performance by all players isn’t the way we do things in Toronto. If we lose it’s going to be messy, and if we win it’s only to set up an even messier loss later on. While the eventual heartbreak will no doubt be something …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors 2020-21 season award winners after disappointing year

Toronto Raptors 2020-21 season award winners after disappointing year

The Toronto Raptors 2020-21 season is finally coming to an end with a small handful of games remaining on their schedule. The 2021 season, as we all know, really hasn’t been the best of seasons for this franchise as they were forced to play their “home” games down in Tampa. Essentially, they played 72 road […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors draft: Raps scouting Australian point guard Josh Giddey

Toronto Raptors draft: Raps scouting Australian point guard Josh Giddey

The Toronto Raptors draft is coming ever closer after a consistent winner like Toronto was knocked out of the postseason picture by a very unlucky season. With their best draft pick in years, the Raptors might need to look overseas to find their next star, as Australia’s Josh Giddey continues to impress. Giddey, a 6-8 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays head to Fenway for a two-game series against the surprisingly good Red Sox

Coming off of an ugly performance in Kansas City, the Blue Jays will play a two-game set with the best of the American League East which, just as we all expected, is the Boston Red Sox.

How they’re doing…
It’s only been a little over half a month, but the Red Sox are killing it this year. They’re 11-6, tied for the top spot in the American League, and they’re fresh off of kicking the shit out of Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito.
The expectation was that Boston would be a middling team this year and that would score quite a few runs but also allow quite a few in return. So far, the offence has come even more than advertised, as Boston has the second-most runs-per-game in baseball, and the pitching has been better than expected, as their 3.70 team ERA is above league average.
Now, of course, a few-week-long hot streak shouldn’t mean all too much, but this team has a good base here with Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts, and we’ve certainly seen the Red Sox inexplicably fart their way to a successful season despite low expectation. 2013 comes …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Yuta Watanabe signing an NBA deal speaks to his fit long-term

Toronto Raptors: Yuta Watanabe signing an NBA deal speaks to his fit long-term

Coming into the season, no one really knew what to make of Toronto Raptors two-way player Yuta Watanabe. He could defend some yes, but what position was he best served at? Furthermore, was he going to evolve his offensive game? Watanabe didn’t get off to the greatest start, but he soon found a foothold in […]
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Author: Kahfeel Buchanan / Raptors HQ