Toronto Raptors: Potential trades that make the Raptors Eastern Conference elites

Toronto Raptors: Potential trades that make the Raptors Eastern Conference elites

After two preseason games, it’s obvious the Toronto Raptors are a guard dominant team. Against the Charlotte Hornets, the Raptors’ offense was dominated by guard play, a position where they have many options. A trade could rebalance the roster and raise the team’s status in the process. The Toronto Raptors just completed their first two […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

What to expect from Cody Ceci this summer

Let’s get the obvious joke out of the way first, and answer the post title with “not much.” Good we’ve covered that off. It’s not going to stop the hilarious replies on social media, but we’ve officially acknowledged you and we can move on.
The reality of the year for Cody Ceci is that is was always doomed to failure. He was the necessary return for the Leafs unloading the Nikita Zaitsev contract and at best people accepted him as a necessity of that. Of course Ceci didn’t win any new fans when Mike Babcock insisted on using him on the top pairing with Morgan Rielly and played him in situations beyond his ability with a partner who didn’t really give him much defensive zone support.
Under Keefe is was a different story for Ceci, and playing roles and situations more fitting of his abilities with partners that made sense for him resulted in a bit of a rebound. And now heading into the playoffs were the defensive defenseman legend takes shape, perhaps we can now expect more from Ceci. I’m kidding, this is …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Friday Future Stars: Can Nick Robertson make his case for the Leafs playoff lineup card?

Let’s start with the obvious, Nick Robertson will be attending the Leafs camp this summer to get some reps with a team he has a realistic possibility of making next season. There isn’t any expectation that Robertson will be part of the Leafs playoff picture especially with Ilya Mikheyev being healthy, and the very real possibility of Andreas Johnsson being available if the Leafs go beyond the initial play-in round against Columbus. There isn’t any shortage of wing depth and as it is Denis Malgin is probably a permanent fixture in the press box when hockey starts back up.
That being said, it’s hard not to be excited about a prospect like Nick Robertson, who has recently been named the CHL Sportsman of the year, named to the first all-star team of the OHL, and was named the MVP of the Peteborough Petes for his impressive 55 goal campaign. There’s not a lot left for Robertson to do at the junior hockey level, and if that momentum didn’t fizzle out after the pause button was hit, and he’s ready to take a leap forward this summer, Robertson …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Rasmus Sandin is exactly what the Leafs need now, even if he doesn’t stick all season

With the obvious caveat that we shouldn’t read too much into preseason game results, this training camp for the Leafs has been interesting in a few ways. Toronto had significant roster turnover in the summer, and with these new faces like Spezza, Barrie, Kerfoot, and Ceci, there was a lot to take in about how the lineup would fit together.
It’s always fun to look at a team on paper and make predictions, but usually in the early-going of camp and preseason I find myself second-guessing everything when it looks like all the teams are the same. Now that things have settled out and the Leafs’ real lineup has taken shape, they look proper good from top to bottom, and a big part of that has been the quick emergence of Rasmus Sandin and a step-up in play from Marty Marincin. The two have been pretty clear winners for the 5-6 spots on Toronto’s blue-line, and their style of play is showing to be exactly what the Leafs need in those roles right now.
There’s almost surely a tall ceiling for Sandin to hit, probably sooner than later, but for now it’s tough to argue …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation