Raptors select quality shooting guard in 2022 NBA Mock Draft

Raptors select quality shooting guard in 2022 NBA Mock Draft

The NBA Draft Lottery was officially consummated last night, as the Orlando Magic were given the top selection in the 2022 NBA Draft. Now that the dust has settled, the NBA Mock Draft prognosticators have started to figure out which players would make sense for the Toronto Raptors. In possession of the No. 33 overall […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs’ Michael Bunting nominated for Calder Trophy

It’s officially official, Maple Leafs’ rookie Michael Bunting is one of three players nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Michael Bunting (@MapleLeafs), Moritz Seider (@DetroitRedWings) and Trevor Zegras (@AnaheimDucks) are the three finalists for the 2021‑22 Calder Memorial Trophy. https://t.co/8wJDlyEP6a #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/gPozfm6tQ5
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 11, 2022

Bunting finished with the most points as a rookie with 63 (23G, 40A) over the span of 79 games this season. Nominated with him are the Red Wings defenceman Moritz Seider and the Ducks’ Trevor Zegras.
At 26-years-old, Bunting could be the 11th player in Maple Leafs history to win the award with the last player to win it being Auston Matthews.
We’ll find out who the winners of the awards are throughout the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final with the awards being presented at the NHL Awards.
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Breaking down the Maple Leafs lineup changes for Game 3

The lineup blender is officially out for Sheldon Keefe and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the series shifts to Tampa Bay. Out of the lineup are Wayne Simmonds and Timothy Liljegren. In comes Jason Spezza and Justin Holl.

#Leafs lines during morning skate May 6/22
Bunting-Matthews-Marner Nylander-Tavares-Anderson*Mikheyev-Kampf-KerfootEngvall-Blackwell-SpezzaExtra: Clifford, *Filling in for Kase
Rielly-LyubushkinMuzzin-BrodieGiordano-HollSandin-Liljegren
Campbell (starter)Kallgren
— David Alter (@dalter) May 6, 2022

While the moves are polarizing given the players coming out versus the players coming into the lineup, the numbers through two games indicate this is the right decision from Toronto to shake things up, go for a different look, and try to fix some of the things that went wrong in Game 2.
Forwards
Beginning at forward, the top line of Michael Bunting, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner is the only line that remains from Game 2 to no surprise. That trio was dynamite all season long and splitting them up, especially after a strong Game 2, would be shortsighted. Keep an eye on the matchups they face going to Tampa Bay, though, as they saw much more time against Victor Hedman and Erik Cernak in Game 2. Keefe will be looking to get them as many minutes against the other two pairs as possible.
That brings us to the first big change as William Nylander and John Tavares are re-united on the second line. While splitting the two ideally meant a deeper lineup offensively, that wasn’t quite translating to results through two games of the series. Tavares had an especially quiet Game 2 at 5v5, so getting the two back together in an effort to create more offence at 5v5 makes a lot of sense.

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3 former Toronto Raptors who could win a championship this season

3 former Toronto Raptors who could win a championship this season

The Toronto Raptors have officially crashed out of the 2022 NBA postseason, as their seven-game loss to the 76ers brought an end to one of the most exciting seasons any team in the league had. The Raptors overachieved in a year where so many thought they were bound for the lottery. While Masai Ujiri has […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Grading every Toronto Raptors player after fantastic 2021-22 season

Grading every Toronto Raptors player after fantastic 2021-22 season

Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors have officially moved into offseason mode now that their playoff run has come to a close. Despite Scottie Barnes winning Rookie of the Year and Fred VanVleet being named an All-Star, the Raptors were unable to win their playoff series against Philadelphia. Toronto can take solace in the fact […]
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Fred VanVleet says what we’re all thinking about Raptors offseason

Fred VanVleet says what we’re all thinking about Raptors offseason

Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors have officially shifted to offseason mode, as the 76ers ended their postseason run with a standout performance in Game 6. The Raptors made it as far as they could with this roster, but they simply ran out of steam in the closing minutes of Game 6. While VanVleet and […]
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4 Toronto Raptors who won’t be back next season after playoff exit

4 Toronto Raptors who won’t be back next season after playoff exit

Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors have officially seen their standout 2022 season come to a close after crashing out of the postseason last night. While this wasn’t the result many fans had hoped would come true, it’s hard to call this campaign anything less than a massive success. The Raptors won 48 games and […]
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3 reasons Raptors’ Scottie Barnes deserved Rookie of the Year

3 reasons Raptors’ Scottie Barnes deserved Rookie of the Year

Toronto Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes officially consigned his rookie season to the annals of NBA history by winning Rookie of the Year. While Evan Mobley and Cade Cunningham put up a very good fight, Barnes won out thanks to all of the traits that Masai Ujiri put such a premium on in the NBA Draft. […]
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Matisse Thybulle vaccine decision could swing series for Raptors

Matisse Thybulle vaccine decision could swing series for Raptors

The Toronto Raptors officially have their playoff matchup confirmed, as they have a date with Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers up on the schedule. With secondary stars like James Harden providing his usual dose of scoring and Matisse Thybulle showing off his perimeter defense, Philly is going to be a tough out. Nick Nurse […]
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Fred VanVleet resting opens door for Malachi Flynn to prove himself

Fred VanVleet resting opens door for Malachi Flynn to prove himself

The Toronto Raptors have officially clinched a playoff spot after taking down the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, meaning that stars like Fred VanVleet can get some much-needed rest. As a byproduct of that, bench standouts like Malachi Flynn could stand to get some extra minutes. VanVleet may have been just one game removed from […]
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