Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is on schedule to return for opening night

About a month ago, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews underwent successful wrist surgery after dealing with a nagging injury throughout the season. It’s honestly crazy that Matthews was playing with basically one wrist at points of last season and still ended up leading the NHL in goals with 41 and ultimately winning his first Rocket Richard. In all seriousness, we’re all glad he got the surgery to help his wrist because clearly, it was bothering him at points last season when he sat out multiple games at once and it also affected his playoff performance as well.
It’s being reported by Luke Fox of Sportsnet that the Maple Leafs forward sat down for a recording with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek for their newest 31 Thoughts podcast episode that is releasing in the near future and he explained that he is well on track to return by opening night to face the Montreal Canadiens.
 

Auston Matthews’ left wrist is on track to be operational for Opening Night with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ star saying he’s “definitely not worried about it” during a recording of the 31 Thoughts podcast. (By @lukefoxjukebox) https://t.co/XUzT2bQ2tZ
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 13, 2021



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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 goals for OG Anunoby to reach in 2021-22

Toronto Raptors: 3 goals for OG Anunoby to reach in 2021-22

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby is without question one of the most unheralded players in the game. Box score scouts would overlook his defensive contributions, but now he has the scoring chops to go along with some of the most consistently excellent performances as a defender you’ll see in the league today. Anunoby averaged 15.9 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Chris Boucher just outside Top 10 in Most Improved odds

Raptors: Chris Boucher just outside Top 10 in Most Improved odds

If you decided to vote for Toronto Raptors power forward Chris Boucher as the Most Improved Player, no one would’ve batted an eye or looked at you funny. Boucher’s meteoric rise from an NBA afterthought to one of the best bench players in the game reached a new apex during the 2020-21 season. Boucher went […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors odds: OG Anunoby a solid bet for Defensive Player of the Year

Raptors odds: OG Anunoby a solid bet for Defensive Player of the Year

Toronto Raptors star forward OG Anunoby has the perfect combination of factors that enable him to constantly fly under the radar when the best small forwards in the game are being discussed. In addition to playing in Toronto, the mild-mannered Anunoby doesn’t have the flashiest style of play. Despite that, he is without question one […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six Re-Sign Forward Brooke Boquist

The Toronto Six have re-signed forward Brooke Boquist for Season 7 of the NWHL.
Boquist, 25, made her NWHL debut last season with the Six after two seasons in the Swedish professional league. In the press release, Boquist shared her excitement in returning to Toronto and a full-length schedule.
“I’m just ready to play another year. Honestly, with last year being kind of cut short there [in Lake Placid] and then things being just a little bit different with how it ended up and played out just with everything that has went on the last year, I was ready to play again and play a full season and then hopefully have as many of the girls as I played with last season re-sign. I had a great time with the girls that I played with last year and just had so much fun, so I wanted to do it again this year.”
Boquist was a mainstay in Toronto’s top six and is a key re-signing this offseason. Featuring on the left wing, Boquist scored two goals and four points in four games last season, missing two games during the NWHL bubble. With Mikyla Grant-Mentis’ breakout, it’s likely that Boquist …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 players who need to step up to secure a playoff birth

Toronto Raptors: 3 players who need to step up to secure a playoff birth

One step forward, two steps back is the best way that I can describe this Toronto Raptors team. A win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 26 got the Raptors a step closer to be in the playoff race, but with losses against the Brooklyn Nets the next day the Denver Nuggets soon after, they […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

William Nylander removed from NHL’s COVID list

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has been removed from the NHL’s COVID list and is now eligible to rejoin his teammates. Nylander has been out of the Leafs’ lineup since April 6th after coming in contact with a potential positive case but it was reported by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston earlier this week that, to his knowledge, Nylander had not returned a positive test result of his own.

William Nylander is officially out of COVID Protocol. He’ll dictate his own return to the #leafs lineup based on fitness, according to Sheldon Keefe, and the team has just gained an extra practice day before playing Vancouver.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 16, 2021

Head coach Sheldon Keefe stated on Friday that it will now be up to Nylander to determine when he is ready to return to game action following his absence. The Leafs were originally scheduled to face off against the Canucks on Saturday but that game has been moved to Sunday, giving Nylander another day to get back on the ice with his teammates before taking part in an actual game.
Read more about the changes to the Leafs schedule here:
Changes to the Leafs schedule announced

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs place Jimmy Vesey on waivers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed forward Jimmy Vesey on waivers.

The forward, who signed a one-year, $900k deal with the Leafs this offseason, has appeared in 30 games for the team this year scoring five goals and seven points.
This is the first time he’s been placed on waivers this season. At 5×5, he’s posted a 45.33 CF% and a xGF% of 47.14.
Waiving Vesey could be a sign that either Wayne Simmonds, or Alex Galchenyuk could be nearing a return to action soon.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Chris Boucher’s breakout season makes him one of the NBA’s top Canadian players

Raptors: Chris Boucher’s breakout season makes him one of the NBA’s top Canadian players

Toronto Raptors power forward Chris Boucher is having a career year. Currently, Boucher is averaging a career-high of 13.4 points per game, and he is ranked among the NBA’s best when it comes to PER this season. Boucher sits in elite company with names like Rudy Gobert, Paul George, and the Montreal native’s fellow Canadian […]
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Author: Jose Guzman / Raptors HQ

Joey Anderson has been added to the Leafs’ forward group at practice

Another injury to a key forward opened up a spot for one of the Leafs depth pieces to make his way onto the roster.

Forward Joey Anderson has been added to today’s practice group. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 21, 2021

With Sheldon Keefe telling the media last night that Joe Thornton will be missing time after getting hurt during the third period from a Josh Archibald hit, a move would be forth coming to replace the 41-year-old for however long he will be out.
Joey Anderson being the guy to replace the future Hall of Famer was not a move many expected but he should do just fine slotting into the the bottom-six. Should he become the player brought up full-time, there will likely be a roster move made within the next few hours.
The return from the Andreas Johnsson trade played 18 games with the New Jersey Devils last season and recorded six points (four goals, two assists).
All stats unless otherwise noted are from Hockey-Reference.com.

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation