Toronto Raptors draft: 5 best international prospects to look at

Toronto Raptors draft: 5 best international prospects to look at

The Toronto Raptors draft plans are much more interesting this season. With multiple second-round picks, taking a swing on high-upside players is a useful tactic. Overseas players often boast the kind of skills and unique quirks that turn out insane talents, like Nikola Jokic and Marc Gasol, but they also pose a greater risk of […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

IIHF announce Women’s World Championships will return in late August

After much backlash over the cancellation of the Women’s Worlds Championships while many other events continued, the IIHF has announced that the Women’s World Championships will indeed be happening this year.
Currently, the event is scheduled for August 20-31 with Canada acting as the host country. Venues and host cities have yet to be decided upon but an announcement is expected in the coming weeks.
Over the past few weeks, many advocates of women’s hockey spoke out about the hypocrisy of cancelling one of the most important events in women’s hockey while other tournaments such as the men’s U18 Championship were allowed to continue. Most notably, Team Canada goalie Shannon Szabados spoke out on twitter, even volunteering herself to join the hockey operations team and add some much needed insight and experience.

There are so many young girls coming up that need a voice. An advocate. A leader.Im sure there are many great people doing their best but it would be silly not to offer over a decades worth of international insight & experience! Offer stands @IIHFHockey pic.twitter.com/zmri76gPof
— Shannon Szabados (@ShannonSzabados) April 30, 2021

With the Stanley Cup playoffs expected to end …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Frederik Andersen making progress but won’t join the Leafs on the road trip

It’s probably not too much of a surprise that Andersen won’t join the Leafs on the road trip, as they are already in Winnipeg and it’s an awfully long bus ride there from Toronto, but in addition to missing Friday’s game against Winnipeg, Andersen also won’t be in Calgary on Sunday and Monday…

Sheldon Keefe said Frederik Andersen had follow up appointment today. The feedback is that he’s progressing well. #Leafs will continue to monitor him and reassess next week.
Won’t join Leafs on this trip.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 1, 2021

So this means a couple of things. First, progress is good, but progress can mean a lot of things.
Second, the earliest that the team will be back in Toronto with Andersen will be on Tuesday before their Wednesday game against Montreal. If the intention is to reassess him at that time, we can probably assume that Andersen won’t be in goal Wednesday either. That essentially means that if the Leafs want to get a look at Andersen in advance of the trade deadline to know the level he’s playing at it, it will Saturday the 10th against Ottawa. Given that it …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Marlies and Me: Jeremy McKenna keeps the streak alive while helping end the Marlies’ drought

Not much happened this past week. The team had a couple practices here and there and one game right in the middle of the week. Then then ended with some more practice. With the results of last week and the last series that these guys played against the Belleville Senators, this time to truly regroup was needed. This week in the land of the Marlies we had some wins that can’t go without being acknowledged. Literal wins as well as things that happened in game and in practice. So let’s get to it!
 
The first practice of the week really set up the team for the success they needed to achieve. According to Coach Greg Moore when asked about how he hoped to set up his practice he responded, “We just focused on doing drills where guys were in tight spaces, playing inside of contact offensively and defensively, getting stronger along the walls.” These were the exact things that were lacking from games prior, so to hear that these specific drills are being done is more than a good thing. After a large bout of negativity things like this can be hard. Coach Moore Acknowledges this as he …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Canucks claim Travis Boyd, because why shouldn’t Toronto build their 4th line for them?

Sequels are never as much fun as the original, and I have to admit being decidedly less happy about Travis Boyd being claimed by the Canucks than I was about Jimmy Vesey being claimed.

Vancouver claims Travis Boyd off waivers from Toronto.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 22, 2021

So, here’s the stuff that pulls us all in from the ledge. Travis Boyd is a depth player, and his departure means the Leafs now don’t need to worry about his prorated $700k taking up space on the roster. That’s a small amount but every little bit helps give the team more flexibility at the trade deadline. Of course they would have had that same flexibility if he cleared and was assigned to their taxi squad, but this is about justifying the waiving.
The reality is this move does kinda hurt. Boyd was an option at center. Thinning out that position is generally not a good thing, and with Boyd gone, there is now some pressure on Adam Brooks to wow us when we are in our time of need.
Boyd put up three goals and eight points in 20 games for the Leafs this season, which is pretty remarkable for someone …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Reinforcements arrive for Maple Leafs battle against the Flames

After four much needed days off, the Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action tonight, taking on the Calgary Flames in the first-half of a two-game set. Wayne Simmonds makes his return to the lineup tonight and Jack Campbell will be backing up Freddy Andersen.
Good Health
A rare four-day break for the Leafs seems to have done wonders for the team. Wayne Simmonds is now back from a broken wrist, Jack Campbell’s nagging injury seems to have subsided for now and reports indicate Auston Matthews’ wrist injury is doing a lot better.
This 56 game season truly is a grind, the Leafs have another four day break after this two-game set with Calgary, and then are playing every other day for more or less the rest of the season.
Having everyone back from injury will also allow Sheldon Keefe to slot guys back into their appropriate spots. Alexander Kerfoot is back centering the third line and Pierre Engvall is now on the fourth line. Both performed admirably when called upon to play higher up in the lineup.
Alex Galchenyuk Era
Tonight will be Alex Galchenyuk’s first game as a Toronto Maple Leaf. Sheldon Keefe is giving Galchenyuk a …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors draft: 3 prospects not in NCAA Tournament to watch

Toronto Raptors draft: 3 prospects not in NCAA Tournament to watch

The Toronto Raptors draft just got much more interesting over the last few weeks, as Masai Ujiri went from one first-round pick that as rooted firmly in the 20s to a selection that could end up giving the Raptors the top pick in the entire draft if the ping-pong balls bounce their way. Could the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Mapping out 3 Norman Powell trade options

Toronto Raptors: Mapping out 3 Norman Powell trade options

Much of the Toronto Raptors trade buzz has been directed at a potential Kyle Lowry trade, but he is not the only player who could be wearing a new uniform in a week, as a Norman Powell trade is looking more realistic by the day. Powell has been playing out of his mind of late. Over the […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Where there’s smoke there’s probably Granlund

There doesn’t seem to be much escaping the idea that Mikael Granlund is the primary target of Kyle Dubas over the next month and a half leading up to the trade deadline. This really seems to mirror a lot of the past Dubas key acquisitions as there was plenty connecting the Leafs to Muzzin, Clifford and Barrie well in advance to the deal being completed. When Dubas starts working on something, it seems he wants to finish it, and with that in mind, it’s probably a good idea to wrap our heads around the three big questions.

What do we know about Mikael Granlund?
What is it going to cost the Leafs to get Mikael Granlund?
When is this trade actually going to happen?

As best as I can, I will attempt to answer those questions.
What do we know about Mikael Granlund?
Well, on a less than good Nashville Predators team, Mikael Granlund is presently being utilized as the top line center. That’s not to say he’s their top center, that’s to say he’s interchangeable with Matt Duchene and Erik Haula, and he might work better with Filip Forsberg than the other centers. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Lmao McDavid got shut out by Michael Hutchinson

Much like Saturday’s game, the Oilers came out of the gate with a lot of pressure and gave Leafs fans some scares early on, but once again, it was the Leafs who opened the scoring, as Morgan Rielly made an excellent cross seam pass to Zach Hyman, who dangles around Mikko Koskinen and scores on the Leafs first shot of the game.

ZACH HYMAN
First shot of the game and it’s a goal! pic.twitter.com/RspFY66ELv
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 2, 2021

They followed it up quickly with another as William Nylander fought off Evan Bouchard and wired a backhander top shelf past Koskinen to make it 2-0.

Perfect pic.twitter.com/A8CImFYiYn
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 2, 2021

The Oilers would finally get a powerplay later in the first after not having a single one on Saturday, but it would last all of three seconds as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tripped up Justin Holl to make it 4-on-4. Another penalty to the Oilers would give the Leafs their first power play of the game, and they would capitalize on it as Rielly would fire a shot that deflected off of Darnell Nurse and squeak through Koskinen’s pads to give the Leafs a 3 …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation