Raptors completely disrespected in latest NBA Power Rankings

Raptors completely disrespected in latest NBA Power Rankings

Toronto Raptors fans didn’t enjoy looking at NBA power rankings early in the season, as their disappointing 2-8 start had them rooted right to the bottom of most hypothetical rankings. Luckily for Nick Nurse and company, their hot stretch against some of the best teams in the league has finally helped them claw over the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

News and Notes: Thornton returning, Sabourin dressing, and interesting names on waivers

Today didn’t seem like a particularly lazy Sunday for the Leafs today, as they have made some significant changes to their lineup following their disappointing collapse against Montreal, and heading into a three game series with the Sens, who on paper are terrible, but on ice somehow manage to step up against the Leafs.

#Leafs lines at practice:
Thornton-Matthews-Marner Hyman-Tavares-NylanderMikheyev-Kerfoot-EngvallVesey-Spezza-Sabourin
Rielly-Brodie Muzzin-HollDermott-Bogosian Marincin-Lehtonen
AndersenHutchinson
SRS: Petan, Boyd, Barabanov
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 14, 2021

So that’s different. We see Thornton back on the ice, and with his opening night linemates in Matthews and Marner. The three of them were beginning to click at the time of Thornton’s departure, and seeing what they can do together again seems like a decent idea.
Hyman joining the Tavares and Nylander line is pretty great as well, given that neither Vesey or Mikheyev had anything to offer in their limited time with the second line.
The third line reabsorbs Mikheyev, but remains an uninspired collection of players who serve to remind us that forwards don’t always equal offence.
And the fourth line features Jimmy Vesey who should be in danger of falling out of the lineup following another performance like the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Is Chris Boucher better than Serge Ibaka?

Is Chris Boucher better than Serge Ibaka?

It didn’t take long for Toronto Raptors big Chris Boucher to go from a relatively unknown name to G-League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. In just 28 games for the Raptors 905, Boucher averaged some Shaq-esque numbers, putting up 27.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks while shooting 51 percent from the field. Among players […]
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Author: Shaun Suares / Raptors HQ

The Maple Leafs win their one-and-only pre-season game

I know, I know, the Maple Leafs didn’t play a pre-season game, but it was technically a win. Toronto had two teams facing off against each other labelled as “Team Blue” and “Team White”. If I had to be honest, it was actually a lower scoring game than I thought it would be.
But alas, it was a great game. Some incredible showings from William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and even Nick Robertson. As I’m writing this, it’s almost 12:00AM on January 10th, which means — only three more days until real NHL hockey.
I, personally, am not ready. But hopefully this video helps you get ready for the season and I hope you enjoy this new series that will be after every Maple Leafs game.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: What’s the next step for OG Anunoby after breakout postseason?

Though the 2020 NBA postseason didn’t end the way the Toronto Raptors and their fans hoped it would, there were some bright spots to take away from the ‘bubble’ experience.  Perhaps no Raptors player shined brighter than OG Anunoby. After the Toronto Raptors coasted through a first-round sweep,  OG Anunoby officially put himself on everyone’s […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

The Real Reason the Toronto Raptors Lost the Series

Things didn’t go according to the plan for the Toronto Raptors as they were eliminated too soon. There’s one guilty party that should take all the blame. The Toronto Raptors went the distance with the Boston Celtics but in the end, they weren’t able to deliver a knock out blow. Instead of finishing the season […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

The Daniel Vogelbach era has seemingly come to an end

That didn’t last long.

We learned earlier today that Sam Gaviglio and Brandon Drury were designated for assignment in order to open up room on the roster for the new trade deadline day additions, but, it turns out that Daniel Vogelbach is also on the way out.

#BlueJays announce that Ray and Villar will be active for tonight’s game. Drury/Gaviglio DFA’d, as we already knew, and Waguespack has been optioned to the alternate training site.
— Gregor Chisholm (@GregorChisholm) September 1, 2020

 
Vogelbach was acquired from the Marlines for cash just last week. He got five plate appearances as a Blue Jay and managed to get on base in just one of them. There was really no way that he, Vlad Jr., Rowdy Tellez could co-exist on a roster.
Robbie Ray’s spot on the 40-man opened up when Travis Bergen was sent out the other way and Gaviglio and Drury getting DFA’d opened up room for Stripling and Villar. Before that, Thomas Pannone was DFA’s for Vogelbach, and Trent Thornton was moved to the 60-day Injured List to make room for Taijuan Walker.
But I’m not 100 percent sure about DFAing …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast: Kapanen to PITS

It certainly didn’t take long for the offseason action to begin for the Leafs. Earlier today, a big trade was made.

BREAKING: The Toronto Maple #Leafs have traded Kasperi Kapanen in a packaged deal to the Pittsburgh #Penguins for their 2020 first-round pick and more. Swipe for the full details. pic.twitter.com/1uTm6tOlAF
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 25, 2020

In this episode of Everything Leafs, Kevin Papetti and I give our overall thoughts on the trade and break down each of the pieces involved including Evan Rodrigues, Filip Hallander and who the Leafs can draft at the 15th overall spot (if they choose to keep the pick).
Where Can You Listen:
Soundcloud

Spotify

Apple Podcasts:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-everything-leafs-podcast/id1484994398
You can find us on twitter at:
Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
Kevin Papetti: @KPapetti

Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Breaking down the Cali road trip (and why the Leafs couldn’t score)

To say that this week didn’t meet the expectations of Leafs fans would be an understatement.
We started off the week on a three game win streak, with particularly big ones coming against Tampa Bay and Florida, and up next was three games against teams in the bottom five of the league (the Leafs were so far 9-0 against these five teams). What could possibly go wrong?
Well, a lot of things, actually. That’s why I’m here, to break down the trip to try and see what we can take away from it. Without further ado, let’s start.
San Jose
So this one was definitely the worst game of the three, as we saw the Leafs only get 42.05% of the shot attempts at 5v5, and overall saw the expected goals fall 4.03-2.58 in favour of the Sharks.
However, it might not be the most telling stat for the entire game, as it’s skewered by a *really bad* second period, that saw the Leafs only get 22.22% of the shot attempts at 5v5, and saw the expected goals fall 1.64-0.63. To add to how weird this trip was, that period saw the …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Pascal Siakam impresses in his Skills Challenge debut, but can’t win it all

Pascal Siakam didn’t go on to win the All-Star Skills Challenge in his first attempt, but he did enough to impress and showcase his skills. In his first-ever All-Star appearance and his first Skills Challenge appearance, Pascal Siakam took on a former winner of the competition, Patrick Beverley in a match-up where none of the […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ