Laurence Gilman is a leading candidate for the Canucks GM position

Part of the challenge of having the money to spend on a quality front office is that when good opportunities open up around the league, someone from the Leafs could very well get tapped for them. Presently that person is Laurence Gilman. Gilman is probably going to get a lot of calls from NHL teams in the next few months and the Leafs have probably prepared themselves for that reality. The fact that Toronto elevated Gilman’s role this offseason and handed much of his previous responsibilities over to Ryan Hardy puts Gilman’s time in Toronto into the context of enjoy what we can get from him while he’s still here.
That brings us to Tuesday’s Insider Trading on TSN:
Darren Dreger: Gilman, who is currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies, is definitely in the mix with the Vancouver Canucks. His name won’t be unfamiliar to Canucks fans as he spent several years in Canucks’ management and 20-plus years in the National Hockey League. He has a good relationship with ownership and knows that market well.
But because of his experience, there’s also reason to connect him with the Chicago Blackhawks.


Read More

Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Goran Dragic’s struggles could hurt his trade value

Raptors: Goran Dragic’s struggles could hurt his trade value

From the moment he was acquired by the Toronto Raptors as part of the Kyle Lowry deal, the assumption has been that Goran Dragic would not stay in Canada for very long. It just didn’t make a lot of sense from either side’s perspective for a 35-year-old veteran looking for one last shot at a […]
Raptors: Goran Dragic’s struggles could hurt his trade value – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Brian Swane / Raptors HQ

Here we go again: Advanced Stats and Analytics Primer, Part 2

Last week, in Part 1 of this primer on advanced stats and analytics, we looked at some stats and resources that cover the foundation of what we can call “advanced stats” or “analytics” in hockey. To recap:
Corsi (CF%) measures how many shot attempts (shots, misses, blocked shots) there are while a player is on the ice
Production (points, goals, assists) can be measured in a number of different ways (primary points, 5v5 points, etc.)
Expected Goals (xGF%) is similar to Corsi, but it weighs the shot attempts based on how good they were, based on where the shot was taken
Shot attempt models like Corsi and Expected Goals have a reasonably good correlation with future wins, so that’s why they’re important
In this post, I’m going to branch out a little further from this foundation and talk about the loads of other stats that are available for the NHL. So, it’s important that you’re comfortable with everything in that summary before we take this next step.
The beauty of publicly available data is that it takes a ton of grass roots effort to make it happen. Please consider donating to the creators of these tools …

Read More

Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Josh Ho-Sang, and the opportunity he has with the Leafs

“I am happy to be a part of this organization in any way they need me. If they need me sharpening skates, if they need me taking sticks — this place is so special, and I don’t truly believe that everyone gets to experience that. This place is absolutely wonderful.”
Josh Ho-Sang is willing to do anything to stay within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. The 25-year-old spent a season in Sweden after being sent on loan by the New York Islanders. He only played five games with Orebro before being cut due to what the team said was being “far behind in training compared to the rest of the group.”
After that, Ho-Sang joined Linkopings, another hockey club in Sweden. There, the 26-year-old scored two goals in four games, but what was more important was the mindset he brought home.
“The GM and the Head Coach there now — they did wonders for me as a person,” Ho-Sang told the media on Thursday. “The Head Coach in Sweden absolutely changed my life, changed my outlook on hockey, and sometimes you need to get to a new environment to really appreciate some of the things that have been said to you …

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 goals for Malachi Flynn in 2021-22 season

Toronto Raptors: 3 goals for Malachi Flynn in 2021-22 season

Part of the fun and, simultaneously, the stress of entering this next year of Toronto Raptors fandom is the amount we don’t know. Between the new signings, important trade acquisitions, big-time rookies, and shuffling the entire franchise’s deck, young players like Malachi Flynn and Scottie Barnes will likely be in focus. Potential is the most dangerous […]
Toronto Raptors: 3 goals for Malachi Flynn in 2021-22 season – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Could keeping Goran Dragic help Toronto win in 2021?

Raptors: Could keeping Goran Dragic help Toronto win in 2021?

The Toronto Raptors had to part with franchise legend Kyle Lowry in the early hours of free agency, sending him to the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade agreement that brought back 2020 first-round pick Precious Achiuwa and veteran point guard Goran Dragic, who will be 35 next year just like Lowry. Despite the fact that […]
Raptors: Could keeping Goran Dragic help Toronto win in 2021? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry potentially eyeing Lakers

Raptors rumors: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry potentially eyeing Lakers

For the better part of a decade, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry made up an exceptional Toronto Raptors backcourt, and while that duo never won a championship as a unit, they remain two of the greatest players in franchise history. Both of these players could be on the move this season, as Lowry is an […]
Raptors rumors: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry potentially eyeing Lakers – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors predictions: Best-case scenario core player comparisons

Toronto Raptors predictions: Best-case scenario core player comparisons

Part of the fun of having a young team again is that fans are able to daydream about what each of our players might one day become. If they aren’t finished products, then in the starry eyes of the optimistic fan, the sky is still the limit. Because of this, the Toronto Raptors predictions for […]
Toronto Raptors predictions: Best-case scenario core player comparisons – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Over/Under Previewing the Blue Jays Bullpen using ZiPS projections

In the final part of this season preview we will look at the Blue Jays bullpen and their ZiPS projections. Losing Kirby Yates before the season even starts is a big loss, but there are still lots of good pitchers in the pen and this should be a sneaky good bullpen. 
As a reminder we are dealing with pitching so under in this case means I expect the player to beat their projections. 

Jordan Romano 

Innings
ERA
FIP
K/9
BB/9
HR/9
WAR

49.0
4.07
4.30
10.53
3.33
1.48
0.3

We will start with the bullpen ace Jordan Romano. The Blue Jays haven’t officially announced a closer replacement for Yates, but I think sooner rather than later this will be Romano’s job. He has the big fastball, running it up to 99 in Spring. He strikes batters out, striking out 36.8% of batters last season. The projections are low on Romano because of how poorly he pitched in 2019. The mechanical change he made last season was small but enough for him to have a breakout 2020 season even if it only was 14.2 innings. Per Baseball Savant, Romano added 200 revolutions per minute of spin to fastball in Spring and that will make his fastball that much harder to hit. Especially …

Read More

Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Norman Powell thanks Raptors fanbase, organization in Players’ Tribune piece

Toronto Raptors: Norman Powell thanks Raptors fanbase, organization in Players’ Tribune piece

The Toronto Raptors had to part ways with longtime swingman Norman Powell this trade deadline, as he was shipped off to the Portland Trail Blazers in order to help Damian Lillard’s playoff push. This deal brought an end to a fantastic tenure with the Raptors that saw Powell evolve from a second-round pick and seldom-used […]
Toronto Raptors: Norman Powell thanks Raptors fanbase, organization in Players’ Tribune piece – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ