NBA Twitter roasts Raptors after pathetic shooting start vs. Bucks

NBA Twitter roasts Raptors after pathetic shooting start vs. Bucks

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors had an opportunity to get their season back on track in a nationally televised game against the injury-depleted Milwaukee Bucks. Instead of jumping at that opportunity, the Raptors embarrassed themselves in one of the most pathetic performances anyone will ever see. The Raptors missed their first 15 shots and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nick Nurse calls out Chris Boucher as Raptors PF sees playing time vanish

Nick Nurse calls out Chris Boucher as Raptors PF sees playing time vanish

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is never going to shy away from a microphone if he feels like one of his key players is not performing well. After calling out Gary Trent Jr. for his poor defensive effort earlier in the season, Nurse has now turned his anger toward big man Chris Boucher. After […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nick Nurse finally IDs problem with horrible Raptors defense

Nick Nurse finally IDs problem with horrible Raptors defense

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have tried to make themselves a defense-first team that leans on a bunch of versatile wings like Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby. Unfortunately, the whole “Vision 6-9” philosophy has shown some cracks lately. Toronto has won just four games in December, with the defense giving up 116 points per […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Anderson’s opportunity, Steeves shining for Marlies, Akhtyamov excellence: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Anderson’s opportunity, Steeves shining for Marlies, Akhtyamov excellence: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Another cruel twist of fate for Nick Robertson has opened the window of opportunity for other forwards in the organization. With Robertson on the shelf for the next couple of months as he recovers from a shoulder injury, and with Calle Järnkrok still out of action with a groin injury, it is Joey Anderson who is getting the first chance to carve out a place for himself in the Leafs’ lineup.
Anderson has toiled with the Marlies for the last couple of years after being acquired from New Jersey in the trade that saw the Leafs dump Andreas Johnsson’s salary but has struggled to make an impact in limited NHL appearances. Last season, he led the Marlies with 26 goals in 56 games and finished fourth in team scoring with 42 points. So far this season, he has once again been a top triggerman for the Marlies, currently sitting in second place on the team with 11 goals in 21 games.
A quality finisher at the AHL level, Anderson will likely have to find other ways to impress the coaching staff at the NHL level, but he got off to a good start in that regard in his first appearance with the Leafs this season agai …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Nick Robertson’s opportunity with the Leafs is here, and he needs to run with it

Nick Robertson’s opportunity with the Leafs is here, and he needs to run with it

Nick Robertson’s chance at some runway in the Maple Leafs’ lineup has finally arrived.
Calle Jarnkrok went to the dressing room during the second period of Wednesday night’s game against San Jose. Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said the 31-year-old would “miss some time” after the game but didn’t elaborate further.
Though after Toronto’s practice on Friday before leaving for Tampa, Keefe addressed Jarnkrok’s status saying he’d miss a minimum of two weeks with a groin injury. An unfortunate outcome for the 31-year-old who was having a decent run in his first 25 games.
This injury, though, opens the door for Robertson, who hasn’t had the most consistent schedule of games in the NHL this season.
“I want to get these games, get going, get the production back.” The 21-year-old said to the media on Friday. “It’s kind of hard when you’re out for a little bit and you come back, it’s hard to get back into it. But now, it’s the challenge of with every game I get to do everything I can to be consistent and stay in the lineup.”
Robertson’s season has been fascinating to say the least. He wasn’t in the lineup for Toronto’s first four games of the season, but then found himself playing in the following six (Oct. 20-30).
After that stretch …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Nick Nurse must start trusting young guns on the Raptors’ bench

Nick Nurse must start trusting young guns on the Raptors’ bench

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has had a tough job since he was introduced in the summer of 2018, though his innovative ways have already proven he’s up to the task of leading the Raptors to an NBA title. Now, in his fifth season as the team’s head coach, he has only suffered through […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Minten starts hot, Knies comes up clutch, Voit on fire: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Minten starts hot, Knies comes up clutch, Voit on fire: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Nick Robertson has been a focal point of the Leafs Prospect Roundup over the last few weeks, and with his performance this past week, we may not be discussing him as a “prospect” for much longer.
With the Leafs off to a sputtering start through four games and the clouds of controversy starting to roll in, Robertson took the place of Denis Malgin on the second line alongside John Tavares and William Nylander and wasted little time announcing his arrival. Though it was only the fifth game of the campaign, it felt like the Leafs needed to get back in the win column, and it was Robertson who led the charge against his big brother and the rest of the Dallas Stars.
The game was tied early in the third period when Robertson took a hit along the wall to get the puck down low before darting toward the net and taking a slick return feed from Michael Bunting. He made no mistake, burying the puck far side against Scott Wedgewood for his first tally of the season. Robertson’s shot and finishing ability have never been in question, but it was his strong play along the boards and ability to play through traffic that created t …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Robertson rewarded, Moldenhauer & Voit stay hot: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Minten starts hot, Knies comes up clutch, Voit on fire: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Last week’s leading story was Nick Robertson and his pursuit of a spot on the opening night roster. He got off on the right foot with three goals and an assist through his first three exhibition contests and only cemented his case further by tallying four more assists in his final two games of the preseason this past week to finish in a tie for second in NHL preseason scoring.

Robertson with a sick play along the boards, finds Nylander and Willy makes it look easy. pic.twitter.com/o9eZyKLgjm
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Robertson was held out of the Leafs’ final preseason game on Saturday as the club opted for one last look at some of the other depth options, signaling that a decision had already been made on the 21-year-old sniper. That decision was seemingly confirmed on Sunday when the Leafs placed veteran forwards Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Clifford, and Adam Gaudette on waivers.
There are still some salary cap hurdles to climb in order to make Robertson’s $796k cap hit fit, and he will likely be assigned to the Marlies in a paper transaction ahead of the roster deadline and then later recalled on an emergency basis with John Tavares still expected to miss some time.
Making the opening night roster is a nice feather in Robertson’s cap and a deserving reward for his strong play thus far, but he will have t …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

TLN Prospect #2: Nick Robertson proves ready for a true test with the Maple Leafs

Nick Robertson has had a rough go throughout the past few seasons, but it might finally be time to take the next step in the Maple Leafs organization.
It feels like the 20-year-old has been through it all — from lighting up the OHL, to playing for Toronto in the NHL bubble, to sustaining major injuries in both seasons with the Marlies — all within the last three years.
Robertson is someone who believes he needs a chance to showcase his worth at the NHL level, and in October, he might just get that opportunity.
LW | Toronto (AHL) | Age: 20 | 5-foot-9 | 164 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2019 2rd Round, 53th Overall | 2021 Ranking: 2
To say this is a huge year for Robertson would be an understatement. This is a massive year for the 20-year-old.
Although he’s been injured for much of the past two seasons, Robertson has improved majorly throughout — when it might not have seemed possible to do so.
Looking back to his first year with the Marlies, there was a lot of room for the 20-year-old …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Prospect #8: Nick Abruzzese set to prove the doubters wrong yet again

As was the case for many players, Nick Abruzzese entered the 2021-22 season with major question marks having missed an entire year of hockey. Unlike most who had been able to at least use the time away from the rink to work on other aspects of their game, Abruzzese spent his rehabbing.
Even if Harvard had played their 2020-21 season, he wasn’t going to have been a part of it for very long. Abruzzese underwent hip surgery in the summer of 2020 to repair a nagging injury, an operation that would’ve sidelined him for a vast majority of the 2020-21 season.
Coming back from over a year away from game action and a significant surgery, it was fair to have reservations over what Nick Abruzzese would be able to produce. But just as he has done time and time again in his career, he proved the doubters wrong.
Nick Abruzzese
LW | Harvard (ECAC) | Age: 23 | 5-foot-10 | 174 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2019 Draft, 124th Overall | 2021 Ranking: #8
At every level Nick Abruzzese has played, he’s faced the same doubts over and over. Concerns over his lack of size and average at best skating are perfectly valid. They remain true and are going to be the biggest hurdles for him to overcome if he is to …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation