Toronto Raptors sign Freddie Gillespie: How does he fit in on this team?

Toronto Raptors sign Freddie Gillespie: How does he fit in on this team?

Just a few days ago, former Baylor star Freddie Gillespie was in Indianapolis watching his alma mater make their run to the national championship. On Wednesday, however, Gillespie received word that his NBA dream will continue, as the Toronto Raptors are bringing in the rim protector on a short-term deal. Gillespie, an All Big-12 and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What to expect from The Goat this summer

Freddie Gauthier probably frustrates me on the same level that Martin Marincin frustrates a lot of you. It’s not that he’s a defense first forward, I’m thrilled the Leafs have those in the lineup. It’s not the lack of offense, in fact he seems to come out of nowhere every so often to prove me wrong on his offensive abilities as well.
Gauthier has landed in a platooning situation for the fourth line, and that seems like it is the permanent fit for him, unless the team and player decide to part ways this offseason with Gauthier being an arbitration eligible free agent. The playoffs will be the last chance to see if Gauthier is still ahead of Adam Brooks, Pierre Engvall, etc. as the fourth line center option. And does he bring enough to the Leafs to justify keeping him. Or is he just a great guy you like having around the team?
By the numbers

So Freddie doesn’t see too many offensive starts in his role, but one of the things I wasn’t really prepared to see was how consistently he has moved the puck up …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Hutchinson placed on waivers

It comes as no surprise, given the imminent return of Freddie Andersen that Michael Hutchinson has been placed on waivers today. And while we all knew it was coming, we’ll look at the logistics of it anyway.

Michael Hutchinson (TOR) has been placed on waivers
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 13, 2020
That stat line for Hutchinson isn’t particularly friendly this year…
GP
W
SV%
GAA
QS
GSAA
15
4
0.886
3.66
0.273
-9.72
And in three games, Jack Campbell is already to have of Hutchinson’s win total as a Leaf this season. So yeah, this move is understandable.
Will he get claimed?
I honestly can’t imagine why he would, unless another team is looking to move one of their NHL goaltenders, and they would rather ride out the year with Hutchinson rather than promote their third string guy. I’d look at a situation like Ottawa, where they are attempting to move Anderson or Detroit if they are looking to move Bernier or Howard, or the Devils if they realize that Hutchinson might be good enough to be their starter.
No matter what, it’s probably not happening.
Hutchinson on the Marlies
Given that the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation