Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the guards

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the guards

The Toronto Raptors have started off the preseason 2-2, as their combination of youth and length has been too much for the Rockets and 76ers to handle. This is going to be a team that lives and dies on the perimeter with their guard play. The Raptors might not have Kyle Lowry on the roster […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs 2021-2022 Player’s Point Projections

Editor’s note: I’m very excited to have a good friend of the blog Clay Collins making his TLN debut today in a guest post. My fingers are crossed that we can make it more of a regular thing. Clay has been developing a player point projection model, and admittedly I’m a sucker for it as I am a sucker for anything that gives me a range to work with rather than an absolute number. I encourage you all to check out Clay’s work, and give him a follow on twitter. Hopefully this will lead to more of his work appearing on The Leafs Nation.
Maple Leafs 2021-2022 Player’s Point Projections
by Clay Collins

DISCLAMER – This model is NOT using best practices when creating and implementing a model. And this was sort of by design. I wanted to put together a very quick and dirty model this season and see my own personal growth through my models as I progress through my schooling and career as a data scientist.  This season is a baseline for me, and as such has some very major issues. There are plenty of much smarter and more experienced modelers and projections …

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Author: TLN Staff / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Pascal Siakam injury update hints he’ll be back in next few weeks

Raptors: Pascal Siakam injury update hints he’ll be back in next few weeks

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have put together some very interesting performances in the preseason, but fans all across Canada are still crossing their fingers and hoping for any sort of Pascal Siakam injury update to grace their social media timelines given how important he is to the construction of this roster and their […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Drake’s preseason broadcasting was awesome, as expected

Raptors: Drake’s preseason broadcasting was awesome, as expected

The Toronto Raptors are lucky to have one of the more visible celebrity superfans on their payroll, as “global ambassador” Drake can be seen frequently roaming the courtside seats when the squad is in town for home games. He made his first appearance in over a year during a preseason victory against the Houston Rockets. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Fred VanVleet confirms OG Anunoby is top offensive option

Raptors: Fred VanVleet confirms OG Anunoby is top offensive option

The Toronto Raptors may not have left TD Garden with a victory against the Boston Celtics, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be encouraged by some of the performances they saw in that game. OG Anunoby continued his upward ascension as a scorer, as he and Fred VanVleet helped keep Toronto in this game. VanVleet […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Kristians “Captain Latvia” Rubins has made the Latvian Olympic team

Similar to how the Oilers have the dynamic duo of McDavid and Draisaitl selected to the Olympics already, and Chicago has Kane and Jones selected, the Leafs too join the list of teams with multiple Olympians.

@lhf_lv will be bringing some to @Beijing2022 @rudolfsbalcers @zemgus94@rubiinss97
More info https://t.co/ZUknuqtwVb@NHL @SanJoseSharks @BuffaloSabres @TorontoMarlies pic.twitter.com/0ajEWRyTGO
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) October 8, 2021

Kristians Rubins, aka Captain Latvia, joins Auston Matthews as the second player from the Leafs organization to punch his ticket to the Olympics.
Rubins was recently assigned to the Marlies where bench boss Greg Moore told our Nick Barden that Rubins projects to be a top pairing defender. So all and all, not a bad week for Rubins and congrats to him.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Has Yuta Watanabe locked up a roster spot?

Toronto Raptors: Has Yuta Watanabe locked up a roster spot?

The Toronto Raptors don’t have a ton of 100% known quantities on this young roster at the moment, meaning that the preseason could be a perfect opportunity for some younger players or those without a ton of NBA experience to make their mark. Yuta Watanabe took full advantage on Monday Night. Not only was Watanabe […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs place Michael Hutchinson on waivers

It was announced on Tuesday that the Leafs have placed goaltender Michael Hutchinson on waivers. He is expected to be assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL if he goes unclaimed by another NHL team. The decision to waive Hutchinson sooner rather than later should provide the Leafs with time to explore other options ahead of the regular season if he does indeed get snatched up by another team.

Hutchinson (TOR) on waivers today
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 5, 2021

Hutchinson returned to the Leafs on a two-year deal last offseason after his first stint with the Leafs ended unceremoniously with a trade to Colorado. He enjoyed a bounceback season in 2020-21 while filling in for the injured Frederik Andersen and Jack Campell, recording a 2.42 GAA and a .919 SV% across eight games for the Leafs.
Given the injury histories of Campbell and offseason acquisition Petr Mrazek, as well as the lack of goaltenders with NHL experience below him on the depth chart, the Leafs are surely hoping to retain Hutchinson’s services as their third goaltender. If he clears, he is expected to share the Marlies’ crease with Erik Kallgren and Joseph Woll as he remains on standby for the big …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

4 Leafs who have stood out before first round of cuts

Most NHL teams have trimmed down their rosters, but the Toronto Maple Leafs want to wait until Wednesday to do that.
It’s been an exciting training camp for some players on the Leafs. There have been a few subtle surprises throughout that could make for an interesting in-season story. Some of the other players, though, who I’ve wanted to see improved over the summer have left me wanting more.
After losing Zach Hyman to the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto needed that void filled. It could be Nick Ritchie or Michael Bunting who could fill it. Either of those players may not live up to Hyman’s standards, but someone who can do his job is essential.
The bottom-six, though, is a toss-up. You could argue that the only player who deserved a spot before preseason started was Jason Spezza.
One of the final spots is on defence. I, personally, didn’t know this, but apparently, there’s one open spot on the Leafs’ third pairing. To me, I believed it would be a third pairing of Rasmus Sandin and Travis Dermott unless Timothy Liljegren came in and changed some minds. However, I don’t think he did that for …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Ideal depth chart and rotation for 2021 season

Toronto Raptors: Ideal depth chart and rotation for 2021 season

The Toronto Raptors have a whole new look this season, as they had to part ways with Kyle Lowry in the offseason as part of the beginning of a new era. Masai Ujiri once again has this team in prime position to make a run at the postseason despite some preseason doubters. The team is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ