Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the rotation bigs

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the rotation bigs

Just ahead of Wednesday night’s season opener against the Washington Wizards, we wrap up the Toronto Raptors’ preseason “Best and Worst Case Scenario” series with a glimpse at the rotation big men. You might imagine a worst-case scenario looking a lot like last year’s big man rotation, where Aron Baynes and Alex Len offered nothing […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Stock up, stock down as preseason concludes

Toronto Raptors: Stock up, stock down as preseason concludes

The Toronto Raptors are just a few days away from opening up the regular season against the Washington Wizards. They’re heading into this season with some serious momentum, as the likes of Precious Achiuwa, Scottie Barnes, and Malachi Flynn helped the Raptors take home a win against Washington to end their preseason stint at 3-2. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Auston “Captain America” Matthews is heading to the Olympics

Big news out of the United States of America. Just like what was required of Hockey Canada, USA Hockey is required to name their first three roster players for the Olympics, and you’ll never guess who made the cut…

Hearing the first three players selected to Team USA Men’s Olympic hockey roster for #Beijing2022 are Seth Jones, Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews.@DFOHockey
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 7, 2021

That’s right, baby. Auston Matthews, what a shock? I can’t believe the player who is likely the greatest American born center to ever play the game made the cut. Who would have thought it?
Anyways, there’s not a lot to say about it, so as a Canadian I’ll just take the moment to laugh at the idea that USA Hockey views Seth Jones as one of their top three players. If that’s the case, it seems unlikely they’ll medal even with Auston’s greatness there.
It also seems at this point USA Hockey might only be aware of the Chicago Blackhawks and Auston Matthews, because Patrick Kane was also selected. While there is no doubt of his skill on the ice, I don’t …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

4 former Raptors set to return to Toronto for the first time in 2021-22

4 former Raptors set to return to Toronto for the first time in 2021-22

We’re just less than a month away until Toronto Raptors basketball and we all can’t wait until we see this team take the court once again, this time back in Toronto. The 2021-22 NBA schedule was released a while ago, but there are some games on the Raptors schedule that you should keep your eye […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Is Alex Antetokounmpo coming to Toronto?

Raptors rumors: Is Alex Antetokounmpo coming to Toronto?

Just when it looked like the Toronto Raptors rumors were about to die down, Masai Ujiri may have pulled an interesting name out of his hat. Apparently still not over the fact that Giannis Antetokounmpo chose to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks long-term, Ujiri has shown interest in his younger brother, Alex Antetokounmpo. While Giannis […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 standouts from Maple Leafs development camp

Just like that, development camp is all wrapped up. The abbreviated four-day event saw three practices and two scrimmages take place. Though none were live-streamed to the public, we did get to see some highlights on the Maple Leafs Twitter feed, helping to give us some insights into who performed well.
The Leafs development staff will cut the 39 man development camp roster down to 15 forwards, 10 defencemen, and 3 goaltenders for this week’s Traverse City rookie tournament. This will give us a much better view into which prospects are performing well heading into the main training camp and which invites could be worthy of an entry-level contract, but there are still some standout performances from the past few days that are worth noting.
It was no surprise that Nicholas Robertson stole the show at development camp. Most thought he wouldn’t attend the event given the expectation for him to compete for an NHL job, but Robertson clarified in his media availability the importance of development camp for himself.
“I’m trying to use [development camp] as much as possible. It’s kind of a conditioning camp for myself, getting back into game shape, getting back into the rhythm. Given what …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Owning our hockey and Leafs biases

Biases are one of those fun little things we all have, just like assholes. Unlike assholes, people rarely seem to own up to either having a bias, or stating what their personal bias is. That doesn’t seem particularly fun, especially in a sports setting when the best times are had when we are the least rational versions of ourselves.
One of the things that we thrive for here at TLN is having a number of different points of view on the Leafs, and different ways of looking at the team, with that comes a number of different hockey biases, and here’s a few of them…
Ryan Hobart
Short players. I’m always going to root them to do well. I’ve never been tall myself, so when I see a player shorter than average (like Tyler Ennis, Amy Curlew or Taylor Woods) succeeding it just brings me irrational joy. There are exceptions of course, like Brad Marchand, but it’s a pretty well established bias for me.
Scott Maxwell
My bias is definitely overlooking the aspect of toughness and leadership in the sport. Not that I don’t consider it at all, but I’d much rather have …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Predicting the Marlies defence pairings for the 2021-22 season

Predicting the Marlies defence pairings for the 2021-22 season

We’re just a brief period away from Maple Leafs training camp, as well as Marlies camp. With it being so close, I decided to predict each of the pairings on defence. This is a daunting task, but it’s something that needs to be completed before Marlies camp begins.
Let’s start with the biggest question mark heading into the 2021-22 season for Toronto:
Timothy Liljegren has made great leaps throughout the past two seasons in the AHL and is someone who could fight for a roster spot on the Leafs. However, with a crowded defence core, he’ll likely start the season back with the Marlies. The 22-year-old does have a slim chance to make the team, but Travis Dermott and Rasmus Sandin are ahead of him in the line.
Unless there’s an injury, I believe Liljegren will begin the year in the AHL. It’s a frustrating time for him because he’s a bottom-pairing defenceman on most NHL teams. However, with Toronto and their depth, it’s just not plausible unless there’s an injury.
There are plenty of opinions on the 22-year-old and how good of a defenceman he can be. It might get …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

What we could expect from the Leafs ‘All Or Nothing’ docu-series

We’re just under a month away from Amazon’s ‘All Or Nothing’ series on the Maple Leafs. It debuts on Amazon Prime just 13 days before the start of Toronto’s season.
Everyone has feelings towards this series, whether that be excitement or the feeling of ‘ugh, I don’t want to watch this.” Either way, you’re likely watching it.
I’ll be honest, I’m really excited about this docu-series. I’ve always been someone who loves to go behind the scenes. To me, it gives you a feel of who each player is behind the curtain. You get to see their real personality and everything they’re all about.
The biggest question to ask is “How much did the Maple Leafs cut out?” This can’t be called a documentary if management at MLSE saw one part and said they wanted that cut from the final product. It’s supposed to be a raw and uncut version of what this team is like behind closed doors.
I’m not sure we’ll never know, but it would be upsetting if we heard that there were some cuts.
What we could expect
I’ll begin by pointing out …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Nets trade is bad news for two former Toronto players

Raptors: Nets trade is bad news for two former Toronto players

Just a few days ago, it looked like the Brooklyn Nets were going to roll into the 2021-22 season with a lineup heavily influenced by last year’s Toronto Raptors squad, as power forwards Alize Johnson and versatile combo guard DeAndre’ Bembry figured to be contributors off of the bench. That all changed after the Nets […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ