A look at who owns what draft pick and how it affects the Leafs

I think it goes without saying at this point in the Leafs’ existence the priority for the team is winning a playoff round (or heaven forbid, two) over worrying about who they’ll draft next. It’s because of that we probably don’t need to sweat the small stuff like the Leafs owning fewer picks than any other NHL team in the 2022 draft. It’s also probably okay that with only three picks owned at this point that number could be reduced to one or two (but definitely not zero thanks to the conditions on the 7th round pick from the Menell trade.)
The Leafs also hold their first six picks from the 2023 draft, and those too will serve them well in the coming days, especially in the final hours of free agency. And there is always the possibility that the Leafs could be making some additional moves (read: trade Dermott) that might net them an additional pick or two along the way as well. And of course, there’s always the offseason and Toronto can recoup what they have given up along the way (in theory.) So in short, it’s too soon to be crying over draft picks.
The Leafs draft pick situation aside, I wanted to tak …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs powerplay doesn’t need fixing, but it could still be better

It goes without saying that if you write about the powerplay and schedule the post for the next day, there is guaranteed to be a powerplay goal. Nevertheless, this was never meant as a criticism of the Leafs powerplay, but a possible enhancement. Also, please note all stats are prior to the Leafs game and the Oiler game on November 16th.
The Leafs presently have the 7th best powerplay in the league. Is it wrong of us to still believe it can be better? Heading into Tuesday night’s game with Nashville, the Leafs are sitting at a 25% success rate, and they’ve picked up 11 goals on the PP so far this season in the first 16 games. This is pretty great considering that the Leafs are 26th in powerplay ice-time this year, something is both a combination of their powerplay success, but also speaks to the severally limited number of powerplays they receive, which sits at 44 powerplay attempts, good for 16th in the league. So maybe the refs aren’t completely out to get the Leafs, but certainly aren’t being done favours by them either.
Yes, things are going much better for the Leafs on the powerplay so far …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Is Masai Ujiri indirectly calling the shots for Raptors?

Toronto Raptors: Is Masai Ujiri indirectly calling the shots for Raptors?

Toronto Raptors decision-making goes through Masai Ujiri, but is he here for the long haul? Since his hiring in 2013, all the important decisions surrounding the Raptors have gone through him. The decision to upgrade DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, the deal to acquire Marc Gasol, and even the […]
Toronto Raptors: Is Masai Ujiri indirectly calling the shots for Raptors? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Eurotrip: Jesper Lindgren to MODO

It probably goes without saying that the Leafs are now looking at any and all options for finding European clubs for their players, and yesterday they found a landing spot for Jesper Lindgren with MODO.
From the MODO team site:
MODO Hockey can today announce that defender Jesper Lindgren has been contracted as a loan from the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. “We are very happy that” Jeppe “has clearly shown that he wants to return to MODO and this solution with Toronto is very good for us. As a player, he has clear top qualities as an offensive back, but has also taken big steps in his entire game in recent seasons “, comments MODO Hockey’s sports manager Fredrik Glader.
That puts Lindgren, Korshkov, and Lehtonen overseas so far, and it’s doubtful those will be the last, as hockey won’t resume in North America until December.
Lindgren wasn’t a standout in his year with the Marlies, and perhaps some extra hockey can get him on track to compete for a bigger role with the AHL club in December.
 

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What lineup changes can we expect from Keefe for Game Four?

It goes to say that there was something broken with the Leafs during the third period of Game #3. Whether it was players not being able to match up against an aggressive push from the Blue Jackets, whether they were gassed after eight intense periods of hockey so far this week, or if it was just a relaxed attitude towards what looked a win they could cruise to, there are a lot of signs pointing to some changes needing to be made to the lineup.
More or less Sheldon Keefe confirmed that changes are coming, but equally unsurprising is the fact that he’s not going to share what those changes are…

Sheldon Keefe says #Leafs are discussing some shifts to the lineup for Game 4, but “we’re not going to talk about that now.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) August 7, 2020

Given that we have nothing else to go by, I’ve turned to the TLN Contributor team to put together either their best guess at what could happen, but much more importantly, the change that they’d like to see to the lineup for Game Four.
Scott Maxwell
While there is potential that that lineup change could …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Kaskisuo recalled, the worst is assumed for Freddie Andersen

After your starter goes down and you doesn’t return the last thing you want to see is that a goaltender has been recalled from your farm team.
Bad news, everyone…

The @MapleLeafs have recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). pic.twitter.com/NM93xi6HCp
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 4, 2020
Yes, that’s a thing that just happened.
Before we completely start panicking, this could be a recall just to get Kaskisuo some work with the Leafs while Andersen receives a full evaluation from the Leafs medical staff today. It could also be an opportunity to give Andersen the next game off, and Kaskisuo will back up Hutchinson, which isn’t the absolute worst thing that could happen.
There’s the fact that if you ignore his relief outings, Michael Hutchinson has been pretty good when he starts lately. There’s also the fact that Kaskisuo hasn’t been bad on the Marlies, and maybe, just maybe he’s gonna surprise us all someday.
That’s the end of the optimism.
The reality is the Leafs are very possibly in a situation of their own making, where …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Draft preview with Yahoo! Sports

The 2019 NHL Draft goes down tonight in Vancouver and Cam Lewis joined Yahoo! Sports to discuss what to expect from the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the Leafs not having a first-round pick, what can expect on draft weekend?

The Leafs have many issues in front of them this off-season. The major domino for the team is Mitch Marner, who is currently a restricted free agent. General manager Kyle Dubas has a handful of bad contracts like Nikita Zaitsev and Patrick Marleau to deal with before anything else gets done. What can we expect to see?
Check it out below:

It’s NHL Draft day!@ailishforfar and @cooom address the biggest question out there: What about the Maple Leafs? pic.twitter.com/jjqqCLbGfd
— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) June 21, 2019

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Raptors host 76ers in Game 1 of East Semi-Finals: Preview, start time, and more

Toronto goes up against what could be considered the best starting lineup in the East. That’s right, it’s time for Game 1 of the Raptors vs. Sixers in the second round of the NBA playoffs. It was 18 years ago when Philadelphia and Toronto last met in the playoffs. At the time, Toronto was in the midst of the best run in franchise history, facing off against Allen Iverson — who would win MVP that season — and stretching the series to seven games. We all know what happened after that.
After all those years, both franchises have gone through their moments. For Philadelphia, it was “The Process,” when then-76ers GM Sam Hinkie undertook one of the most incredible (or disgusting depending on who you ask) tanking jobs to get franchise cornerstones Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. For Toronto, it was the unexpected winning with a band of castoffs, to regular season consistency, to playoff struggles.
This series holds big stakes for both franchises. With the decision from Sixers GM Elton Brand to fast-forward the timeline by adding Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, Philadelphia is going for it. Depending on how this series plays, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Brett Brown …

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Author: Zakaria Abdulle / Raptors HQ

Yes, you should absolutely blow those savings on Leafs playoff tickets

It goes without saying – not everyone can afford Leafs playoff tickets. I won’t tell you to go broke or give up your rent or stop eating or anything delusional like that. But if you’re middle class, figuring how to spend that extra cash you’re debating on spending on new piece of lawn furniture or a vacation you’ll forget what month you took it in two years from now, bite that bullet and create yourself a lifetime memory. Do it at least once, if you can.
What’s it like? Deafeningly loud, to start. At its loudest the Scotiabank Arena makes conversation impossible.
When Auston Matthews scores in the second period to put the Leafs up a score against the Bruins, your loudest screams of his name are drowned out by the chorus twenty thousand strong. The SBA’s regularly cold, dead heart comes to life.

It’s coloured with vibrant blues and whites that for the first time all season blur the line between the rich and the poor seats. After Auston scores the go-ahead powerplay goal he feels an earthquake beneath his feet; the SBA shaking on its foundation, set in motion by helicopter rally …

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Author: Jake T / The Leafs Nation

Point Man #19: Taurasi fends off Kidd, and meets with someone unexpected

With the Trio in trouble, Kidd goes back to the phones to get Taurasi working on their behalf. Little does he know, a deal is being struck elsewhere. Kidd gets the bad news of Ricky’s capture, and decides to lean on Taurasi to make it right. The plan could work if she’d play along — and if she wasn’t in the process of meeting with Lowry at the same time.
Catch up on Page 18 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram and Twitter)

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ