The Toronto Raptors should target Jahmi’us Ramsey in the draft

The NBA playoffs are underway, but the Toronto Raptors also need to be preparing for the draft. One player they should consider is Jahmi’us Ramsey. So far the NBA’s bubble experiment has been a success. There haven’t been any positive coronavirus tests. The playoffs are underway and the Toronto Raptors just swept an underman Brooklyn […]
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Author: Mark Birdsell / Raptors HQ

Breaking Down Columbus’ Goaltending

For as much as we hear about how teams need to Grind It Out and Dig Deep © in order to win in the playoffs, more often than not, series are won and lost on the backs of goaltending. Run into a hot goaltender (Jaroslav Halak with the Habs in 2010 against the Capitals being the most famous example) and your time in the playoffs may come to a frustratingly quick end, regardless of how well you may have played.  For the Toronto Maple Leafs, the question of who to start for the postseason is a no brainer. Despite his struggles this season, Toronto’s net belongs to Frederik Andersen, just as it has for the previous three postseasons. Unlike those postseasons however, there is no clear indicator who will oppose him.
After four seasons of minimal playing time, the Columbus Blue Jackets started the year with Joonas Korpisalo as the heir apparent to Sergei Bobrovsky, after the two-time Vezina Trophy winner opted to leave for Florida in free agency. Korpisalo performed admirably in his first season as a starter, posting a .913 save percentage in his first 32 games (31 of them starts) before he was forced to undergo knee surgery …

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Author: briancrd / The Leafs Nation

3 Important Free Agents the Toronto Raptors Need to Lock up

  The Toronto Raptors have a handful of players who are in need of a new contract this offseason, however, who should they bring back and who should they let walk? The Toronto Raptors have six players who are in need of a contract this offseason, including three starters. However, it is uncertain who they […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Staturday: Less is more when it comes to Cody Ceci

I guess you don’t really need to see the numbers to know that the lower the playing time the better off the Leafs are when it comes to Cody Ceci. At the close of the 2019-20 season we will finally be down to the target number of zero minutes and the cruel twist of COVID is that while many of us were hoping to be done with Ceci by now, we’re going to be spending the summer with him.
Nevertheless, he’s a Leaf for now, and that’s not ideal, but it’s interesting to see how Sheldon Keefe might have cracked the code on Cody. It seems like a pretty simple one, and it’s to stop playing him like a top pairing defenseman, and put him on the third pairing as much as possible.
Under Mike Babcock, Cody Ceci’s most frequent partner in every single game played until Babcock’s dismissal was Morgan Rielly. There were two games where he tried Ceci with Muzzin in shutdown situations, but even in those games his primary partner remained Morgan Rielly. Not to throw Babcock completely under the bus …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Nick Robertson is recognized by the OHL as the best hockey boy of the week

You don’t need me to tell you that Nick Robertson is damned good. Maybe you do? How closely do you follow the OHL?
Anyways, Nick Robertson’s 55 goals in 46 games is pretty impressive, and he had a particularly good week last week…

#OHL #OnTheRunPlayer of the Week | @MapleLeafs prospect @nickrob2001 of @PetesOHLhockey.
PERFORMANCE RECAP : https://t.co/kfcn06PJnp pic.twitter.com/sdSwSJMExS
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) March 9, 2020
Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 10 points in three games including five goals and five assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-8.
Robertson led the Petes to a perfect 3-0 week, outscoring opponents 25-2 in the process as he increased his goal-scoring total to a CHL-leading 55. The third-year winger scored a goal in Thursday’s 8-0 blanking of the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs. He earned first star honours with two goals and two assists in Saturday’s 5-1 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads on home ice, finishing the game with seven shots …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Finding a defenseman that fits what the Leafs need isn’t particularly easy

On the surface it seems pretty simple. The Leafs need to upgrade their defense. I’m not sure how much that’s actually true. I think they need to try something new with their defense, but I’m not sure it’s entirely on the personnel aside from Cody Ceci and maybe Martin Marincin. I wouldn’t mind if they were gone, but that’s an entirely different point.
If we assume that the everything we’ve heard is true and the Leafs are looking to upgrade their blueline, particularly with a defenseman who shoots right, can play in their top four, and is under contract beyond this season, the options for the Leafs quickly become very limited. I thought I’d do a little search to see just how many defensemen fit that bill.
Searching for under 30 year old defensemen who are either under contract beyond this season, or restricted free agents who shoot right and are active on an NHL roster were my search parameters.  That search yielded 36 players. Of those players we have names like Cale Makar, Erik Karlsson, Charlie McAvoy, Dante Fabbro, Noah Dobson, Adam Fox, John …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Willie Nylander: The Comeback Kid

Folks, I don’t need to tell any of you how great William Nylander is. You’re smart. You’ve been watching the games. You’ve looked at the stats. You’ve seen that Nylander is well on pace to exceed 30 goals this season, you’ve seen that he’s regularly elevated the game of both Matthews and Tavares, and you’ve seen how effortlessly he makes it look to move the puck from zone to zone without being impeded by defenders. Yes, William Nylander is pretty great and as hard as it may be to accept that an Albertan isn’t awful, William Nylander is pretty darn good.
That’s why it’s really not surprising that with their mid-season awards, the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) voted Nylander as their comeback player of the year.
Comeback Player of the Year Award – to the player who returned to a previous high level of performance that was interrupted by subpar play, long-term injury or major illness.
1. William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Anthony Duclair, Ottawa Senators
3. Max Pacioretty, Vegas Golden Knights
So, with great recognition comes great …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Toronto Raptors should try to sign Jeff Green with disabled player hardship

The Toronto Raptors need depth, and Jeff Green just became an available free agent. Should Toronto look to bring him in on a short-term deal? Jeff Green is never going to be who fans and media hoped he would be. The tantalizing 6-foot-8 prospect was akin to the sirens of Greek mythology. He lured you […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Cody Ceci is bad

Maybe it doesn’t need to be said that Cody Ceci is bad or maybe it needs to be said less frequently. It seems like not only has the horse been beaten at this point, but it is now a powder so fine that half of the NHL is trying to stick it up their noses.

Legends Row:
Jake Gardiner’s -5 in Game 7
Brett Lebda’s -3 (in a 9-3 win)
Cody Ceci controlling 1% of the expected goals
— Ian Tulloch (@IanGraph) December 4, 2019
Of course, it kinda does need to be said, because Cody Ceci is still playing north of 20 minutes every single night. Well, that’s a small exaggeration, he did have a game with 19:48 and another with 19:50 of ice time, but that exaggeration is offset by the six times he’s somehow been given over 24 minutes of ice time. And a not so fun fact is that the results are often ugly.
There’s also this from Dubas

Kyle Dubas, in full, on why he believes Cody Ceci has performed “above expectations” for the #leafs and turned the analytics war upside down: pic.twitter.com/Aiv7Oytp5S
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 14, 2019
Since that quote from Dubas, Cody …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

I Need Money Now! How to Get a Loan Fast

Are you in need of money today but have bad credit?
Taking out loans might seem nearly impossible when your credit score isn’t where it’s supposed to be. If you’ve found yourself saying, “I need money today,” but don’t have good enough credit to get the money you need, then you need to know how to get a loan with bad credit.
You’d be surprised by what options you have. Stop letting your credit score hold you back from accomplishing everything you need to get done. Continue reading below for our full guide on how to get a loan fast with bad credit!
What Score Is a Bad Score?
First on our agenda is to discuss what bad credit actually is. When wanting to apply for a personal loan, a credit score of 580 or below is considered bad credit. With a credit score of 580 or below, getting approved for a personal loan isn’t in the cards for you.
The reason being? Those with poor credit scores are more likely to become delinquent on their payments. This is because if they already have a bad credit score, it’s safe to say that they have …

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Author: oilersnationstaff / The Leafs Nation