Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam’s success will go as far as his shooting takes him

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam’s success will go as far as his shooting takes him

Pascal Siakam is a player that is good in nearly every aspect of the game for the Toronto Raptors. Although shooting was never one of those fortes, Siakam has shown he can be one of the league’s best players when he shoots the three at an efficient rate. Pascal Siakam, to the surprise of many, […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Hockey community rallying around 15 year old with serious injury

Anthony MacDonald is a 15 year old hockey player from Nova Scotia who suffered an unfortunate and very severe head injury on the ice earlier this week. Anthony happens to be the son of a friend of mine, so this is personal to me and to The Leafs Nation team. The outpouring of support so from the hockey community has been overwhelming and heartwarming. The GoFundMe page has been shared by hundreds of people, including some prominent members of the hockey world such as Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun, and David Amber.

Anthony is a young hockey player who needs our help. If you’re able to, click on the link below. Our thoughts are with Anthony and his family. https://t.co/WMRpw3V3Pt
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 12, 2020

Anthony is currently being cared for by the incredible doctors and nurses at the IWK in Halifax, but his family is sure to incur many unexpected expenses during his recovery and the days ahead, which is the last thing they should have to be concerned with at this time. I, along with Anthony’s loved ones, would greatly appreciate any support you might be able to provide in this very difficult time. …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: VanVleet shares his free agency plans on JJ Redick’s podcast

Toronto Raptors: VanVleet shares his free agency plans on JJ Redick’s podcast

It’s always fun when a Toronto Raptors player reflects his thoughts on the team and himself. If you haven’t heard. Toronto Raptors guard, Fred VanVleet, has appeared on The Old Man and the Three (JJ Redick’s podcast). He shares his journey to the NBA, thoughts on the bubble, and most importantly what he is prioritizing this […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: DeRozan explains role he had on Raptors young players

Former Toronto Raptors player, DeMar DeRozan, had lots to say on his time on the Raptors, including acting as a role model to VanVleet, Siakam, and Powell. DeMar DeRozan, a player Toronto Raptors fans love because of the dedication and heart he had when playing here. DeRozan has done a lot while being in Toronto. […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

With the 15th overall pick, the Leafs are proud to select… Jacob Perreault?

With a new addition to TheLeafsNation’s series on potential player options with the Leafs 15th overall pick, in this piece we’ll take a look at Jacob Perreault of the Sarnia Sting. Before we go on, don’t forget to check out the other draft profiles in this series:
With the 15th overall pick, the Leafs are proud to select…Connor Zary?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Dawson Mercer?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Jake Sanderson?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Seth Jarvis?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Dylan Holloway?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Yaroslav Askarov?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Rodion Amirov?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Jack Quinn?
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Braden Schneider?
 
While Perreault may not be NHL ready right off the bat, his offensive skills give him a fighting chance. In the 2020 draft class Jacob Perreault is one of the best offensive wingers available. …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Leafs send Rubins to Denmark to water Andersen’s plants/play hockey

It’s still player loan SZN, and if there is a league out there that can take on some AHL players it seems NHL teams are scrambling to find them. Today the Leafs found a home for Kristians Rubins.

Loan: Kristians Rubins (D) | Toronto Maple Leafs -> Frederikshavn White Hawks | https://t.co/hxz3EtUc3h #Denmark
— EP Transfers (@ep_transfers) October 4, 2020

So it’s hard to take any kind of issue with this move, other than it not being a blockbuster trade of consequence, but as far as Rubins related news it seems good.
Rubins has been hustling to move up from the ECHL to the AHL, and earning his entry level deal, losing that momentum wouldn’t have been ideal.
Rubins joins other Leafs players such as Egor Korshkov, Mikko Lehtonen, and Filip Karl to land gigs overseas. Previously Jesper Lindgren had been loaned on behalf of the Leafs before his trade to the Penguins. Filip Hallinder, the return in the Kapanen deal, is also playing in Europe.
You can get a full breakdown of their performances here:
Prospect Roundup: Lehtonen on fire, Leafs earn letters

Rubins will be eligible to return to the Leafs/Marlies when …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

With the 15th overall pick the Leafs are proud to select… Jake Sanderson?

In every NHL draft, there is always one player that is ranked fairly high but ends up getting picked much later on due either teams going in other directions or scouts getting scared heading into the first round. When the team that finally snags him up in the first round, a lot of analysts clamours that this team got a steal. Some players in this category that come to mind are Seth Jones, Jakob Chychrun, and Joseph Veleno. While the odds of this happening aren’t too high, perhaps this years’ version of that phenomenon could be Jake Sanderson who the Leafs need to jump on if he remains available at #15.
Why did I say the odds of it happening are low? There’s a bit of recent bias is having him slotted to be taken in the top five of the draft due to the strong play of players like Victor Hedman and Miro Heiskanen. There’s a good chance he could be taken very early, but let’s assume he miraculously falls all the way down to the Leafs pick.
He is currently ranked high by scouts and rightfully so. As I mentioned in my contribution to TLN’ …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Should Kyle Lowry Retire as a Raptor?

The Toronto Raptors have a great player in Kyle Lowry on their team right now, however, after next season, he is in need of another contract. The Toronto Raptors have a potential future Hall of Famer on their team right now in Kyle Lowry, however, at the end of this season, the 3-year deal he […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Girls Will Be Girls: A Look At The Online Female Fan Experience

 
In 2015, Morgan Rielly – a player I am a huge fan of and who I happen to think is a great guy – caught some deserved heat for bemoaning a Leafs’ losing streak by saying about the team, “you’re not here to be a girl about it.”

Morgan Rielly today said positive approach, strong work ethic during tough time was key. “You’re not here to be a girl about it.”
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) February 20, 2015

In May of this year, Brendan Leipsic and other men in the hockey community were found to be using derogatory, misogynistic language about women in social media conversations. This type of language and behavior is pervasive in the NHL, and it permeates out to the fan experience. It’s 2020 – why are women still made to feel like they don’t belong, or need to prove their worthiness, in hockey spaces?
The history of misogyny and toxic masculinity in the hockey community is no secret. In the past few months alone numerous examples have come to light and painted a clear picture of the type of language and behavior that is considered normal and typical – “ …

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Author: MerOutLoud / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays 60-man player pool features top prospects Nate Pearson, Simeon Woods Richardson, Jordan Groshans, and Alek Manoah

The Blue Jays finalized their 60-man player pool today, which will feature the group of players that they can invite to training camp and have potentially play for them during the 2020 season.

Here’s the group…

OFFICIAL: Your 2020 #BlueJays Club Player Pool pic.twitter.com/16Sx2xgIvg
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 28, 2020

Some notable names from the group are top prospects Nate Pearson, Simeon Woods Richardson, Jordan Groshans, and Alek Manoah. While Pearson (after he’s had his service time manipulated, of course) will likely be the only one from that group to play a game for the Jays during the season, it’ll be interesting to see those top prospects participating in camp.
Another thing to note, the Jays didn’t fill up their list to 60 players, meaning more names can be added. That could mean that, once he’s signed, Austin Martin could join the pool.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation