3 Big Ten prospects Toronto Raptors can select in 2022 NBA Draft

3 Big Ten prospects Toronto Raptors can select in 2022 NBA Draft

The Toronto Raptors only have one pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, so Masai Ujiri needs to make sure that he comes away from this predraft process with a bona fide quality prospect. The Big Ten has typically been a bottomless reservoir of talent that Toronto could take from. The Raptors could go in one […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

BJN Radio – Ep. 67: A split in New York, Teoscar gets injured, call up Moreno, and more!

It’s only April but that felt like September.

The Blue Jays and Yankees both took two games in an intense, back-and-forth series in The Bronx.
With Tyler away on vacation, I was joined by Paul Berthelot to talk about all of the good and bad from the Yankees series. We talked about Vladdy’s three-homer game, George Springer shutting up the boos, and Alek Manoah’s ace start, along with the struggles offensively from the non-Vladdy/Springer players in the lineup.
After that, we went through what we’ve seen from starting rotation and discussed what we’ve liked so far and what we’re worried about. We also talked about the injuries to Danny Jansen and Teoscar Hernandez and whether or not calling up Gabriel Moreno is The Answer.
Finally, we looked ahead to this weekend’s series against the Oakland A’s, who just took three of four from the Tampa Bay Rays.
You can listen to the episode here…

 

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Rockets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Apr. 8

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Rockets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Apr. 8

The Toronto Raptors have not only clinched a playoff spot, but they’ve put themselves in a position to potentially earn the No. 4 seed thanks to a win against the 76ers. The latest Raptors odds have them positioned to blow out one of the league’s worst teams in their home finale. Jalen Green’s Houston Rockets […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Time to utilize the Leafs defensive “depth”

It seems like only last week the Leafs were feeling so comfortable in their defensive depth that they could afford to let Travis Dermott walk for a 3rd round pick (a good decision), and that they could cut Alex Biega loose from the Marlies in favour of an AHL loan of Phillipe Myers from the Predators (again, not a bad decision), and the disposal of Brennan Menell (meh.) It was shortly after those moves that the Leafs found themselves faced with a serious injury to Rasmus Sandin, coupled with the ongoing injury to Jake Muzzin, that left the Leafs with limited NHL defensive depth. Luckily it seemed that the top six were gelling.
Then Tuesday night against the Bruins occurred and we are again reminded of how fragile the illusion of depth can be. Both Justin Holl and Ilya Lyubushkin left the game and didn’t return, leaving the Leafs to play the final period with just four blueliners, a task that was performed somewhat respectably and certainly put to rest the debate on whether or not the Leafs needed Mark Giordano at the trade deadline. Still, that leads to the question of who plays if Lyubushkin or Holl can’t play.
First off, let me start by saying …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

WATCH: Analyzing the Maple Leafs trade deadline

Monday was more of a slow day for the Maple Leafs only because Kyle Dubas made his trades earlier on.
In today’s video, I break down each of the three main trades, and why it made sense that Toronto did what they did. Plus, I discuss why the Maple Leafs are still a really good team heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

How Ilya Lyubushkin will be instrumental in what the Maple Leafs do at the trade deadline

It’s only been 11 games, but Ilya Lyubushkin has already become a favourite among Maple Leafs fans. Whether it be his defensive play, his tendency to steamroll players or his play in front of the net, it’s safe to say fans love the Russian Bear. But it’s not just the fans that have liked his game. Head coach Sheldon Keefe promoted Lyubushkin up to the top pair with Morgan Rielly for a few shifts during the Heritage Classic against the Buffalo Sabres. That pairing started together last game against the Dallas Stars and it looks like they will be staying together against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. Mind you, TJ Brodie and Justin Holl were the ones who matched up against Jason Robertson the most on Monday night. We’ll get into it a bit more as we go, but Rielly and Lyubushkin or a player like Lyubushkin finding chemistry could be instrumental for the Maple Leafs. We’ll also talk about my worries with the pairing.

#Leafs lines at practice Mar. 16/22
Bunting-Tavares-MarnerNylander-Kerfoot-KaseMikheyev-Kampf-EngvallClifford-Spezza-Robertson
Extra: Matthews (suspended), Simmonds
Rielly-LyubushkinBrodie-HollSandin-LiljegrenMuzzin-Dermott
— David Alter (@dalter) March 16, 2022

It seems like promoting Lyubushkin higher in the lineup has been an idea for a while now. Possibly ever since the Maple Leafs acquired him back in February in a deal that sent Nick Ritchie and a conditional pick to the Arizona Coyotes. When you consider that Ben Chiarot was traded to Florida for a first-round pick and a prospect drafted in the third round just a few years ago, you have to like the Lyubushkin deal for the Leafs. The fact that Ritchie has five goals and seven points in nine games since joining Arizona doesn’t phase me. Good for him. …

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Author: Stephen Brown / The Leafs Nation

Fred VanVleet does Raptors proud in first All-Star Game appearance

Fred VanVleet does Raptors proud in first All-Star Game appearance

The Toronto Raptors may have only had one representative at the 2022 NBA All-Star game, but Fred VanVleet was able to strut his stuff in front of the entire NBA world. VanVleet rode a scintillating start to become the first undrafted player since Ben Wallace in 2006 to earn an All-Star Game nod. Selecting for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Get to know Alex Antetokounmpo, an improving Raptors prospect

Get to know Alex Antetokounmpo, an improving Raptors prospect

Not only has Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, long a thorn in the side of the Toronto Raptors, helped bring that city their first championship in decades, but he’s helped three of his brothers land deals with NBA teams. The fourth brother to make it to the league is 20-year-old Alex Antetokounmpo. Alex, who spent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors almost made crazy Nicolas Claxton trade with Nets

Raptors almost made crazy Nicolas Claxton trade with Nets

The Toronto Raptors may have ended making only one move at the NBA trade deadline, but Thad Young was by no means the only player that Masai Ujiri was linked to. With the Brooklyn Nets feeling out how to offload James Harden, Nicolas Claxton was almost sent away to Toronto. The Harden trade helped bring […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Report from the Rock: A short Growlers update

The Newfoundland Growlers have only played one game since their last home stand ended on December 12th, an overtime loss to the Adirondack Thunder on New Year’s Eve. Despite that lack of game action, there’s been a flurry of activity around the team, and with about 10 days to go until their next scheduled game, let’s try and make some sense of it all.
First and foremost, due to the ongoing situation with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, a number of games have obviously been postponed or cancelled outright. To date, the Growlers have seen 10 games get postponed, of those, four home games (January 7th, 8th, 12th, and 14th) have been cancelled. Two other home games, originally scheduled for January 9th and 15th have been rescheduled for March 13th and Febuary 13th, aligning those games with previously scheduled visits for the opponents in those games.
On the road game side of things, two planned December games against Adirondack have been rescheduled for Febuary 22nd and 23rd. Additionally, two games against Trois-Rivieres, originally slated for the post-Christmas break have been rescheduled for Febuary 27th and March 17th.
It remains to be seen if any further games will be affected, particularly here at home, where the Newfoundland and La …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation