3 areas where the Raptors are vastly improved in 2022-23

3 areas where the Raptors are vastly improved in 2022-23

The Toronto Raptors remade their roster once again following a flurry of offseason moves made in quick succession. From re-signing both Thad Young and Chris Boucher to drafting Christian Koloko in the second round, this new-look Raptors team is in a better position than they were last year. Toronto may have won 48 games in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Recapping the Leafs prospects at the World Juniors

A wise man once said to me, “you can help your stock at these tournaments but you can’t really hurt your stock so much.” that was Nick Richard. Smart guy. He was paraphrasing Gord Miller, but Nick gets credit for saying it to me and I largely agree with it.
I don’t think Leafs Nation needs a summit on the state of Matthew Knies after not dominating at development camp and then going goalless at the World Juniors. His stock may not have risen much this summer, but that doesn’t change that he’s a top prospect in the organization and there is still plenty to be excited about.
On the other side of things, Roni Hirvonen did see his stock rise, at least with me and we’ll get into that too, but it probably makes sense to start with Knies as we recently ranked him as the Leafs top prospect.
Matthew Knies
5 GP| 0 G| 3 A| 3 P| +3
So Matthew Knies didn’t have the tournament Leafs fans wanted to see. Seemingly a player selected to the watered down Olympics and is one year into a success NCAA stint would have excelled more offensive, especially playing on a line with a top prospect like Logan Cooley and another dominating offensive powerhouse like Matthew Coro …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

3 teams who may tempt Gary Trent Jr. to bolt Raptors after 2023

3 teams who may tempt Gary Trent Jr. to bolt Raptors after 2023

The Toronto Raptors once again seemed to come out on the winning end of a trade after acquiring Gary Trent Jr. from the Portland Trail Blazers. While Norman Powell was traded to the Clippers after just one season, Trent has become one of the Raptors’ most integral pieces. Trent averaged 18.3 points per game while […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pros and Cons of trading Fred VanVleet for Kevin Durant

Raptors: Pros and Cons of trading Fred VanVleet for Kevin Durant

The Toronto Raptors will once again try to prove that they are serious contenders for the services of Kevin Durant. Bringing the disgruntled Brooklyn Nets star to Canada would not only deprive their division rivals of the chance to acquire him, but it would create a big four of KD, Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 most likely Raptors to make final roster after latest transactions

3 most likely Raptors to make final roster after latest transactions

The Toronto Raptors will once again try to fill out the back end of the roster with a combination of promising young players and veterans looking for one last chance to make it in the pros. Toronto trimmed one last piece of fat after most of the free agency dust settled. The Raptors waived Armoni […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Actual picks, newfound cap space, and goalie woes headline day two of the draft for the Leafs

First the bad news, the Leafs once again end the first day of the draft without making a selection. The good news is the Leafs did end the first day without Petr Mrazek and freed up $3.8M in cap space. They’ll also still be picking 38th overall and have the opportunity to select a first round caliber player who just didn’t quite make the cut. It’s not a bad piece of business by Kyle Dubas and the Leafs, but the Petr Mrazek situation still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, but that could just be from wanting the immediate payoff of a first round pick last night. 

Based on the pick value model I’ve been using for the last few years, the difference in value between pick 25 and 38 is equivalent to a late 7th.
So the Leafs paid roughly a 7th to offload Mrazek’s $3.8m cap hit with 2 years remaining. https://t.co/mNCbd2AMKq
— Earl Schwartz (@EarlSchwartz27) July 8, 2022

After trading Mrazek ($3.8M), #leafsforever have $10.2M Cap Space with 17 Players (10F/6D/1G) on Projected Roster.
RFA: Engvall, Kase, SandinUFA: Blackwell, Mikheyev, Lyubushkin, Campbellhttps://t.co/hB3guL96pk
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) July 8, 2022

The Leafs cap situation is now revised to see the Leafs sitting with about $12.6M in space (we won’t gift Kallgren, Abruzzese, or Clifford roster spots just yet) to fill 4-5 forward positions, including Pierre Engvall, one defensive position (Rasmus Sandin), and two NHL goaltenders. That is still pretty tight even if the Leafs primarily need bottom six forwards, a cheap backup, and two should be reasonably priced RFAs.
Despite that, the $5.5M of cap space represented by Justin Holl and Alex Kerfoot could be explored today. No specific mention of either player has co …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation