Toronto Raptors: Why Chris Boucher should have a bigger role this season and beyond

Toronto Raptors: Why Chris Boucher should have a bigger role this season and beyond

Chris Boucher is averaging 14.3 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 0.9 assists per game so far this season for the Toronto Raptors. The Toronto Raptors are disappointing so far this season. But one of the bright spots of this season is the emergence of Chris Boucher. The expectation for him was to […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Pontus Holmberg is the Leafs 19th ranked prospect

I wrote Holmberg’s 2019 Prospect Ranking, and one of my key points was how the Leafs traded for a pick to draft him. That’s a universal indicator that the team has intimate knowledge of a player, in this case it would be from Swedish scout Thommie Bergman. He is the same scout the Leafs had assigned to Sweden at the time they drafted Nylander, Johnsson, Engvall, and Liljegren, so it’s safe to say they trust his judgement.
Holmberg was selected in his second time eligible for the draft, 156th overall (2018). He played in 2 SHL games that season but didn’t record a point, playing mostly in lower level Swedish leagues. It was 2018-19 where he had a breakout season, recording 10 points in 47 SHL games for Vaxjo.
Pontus remains on Vaxjo this season, where he mostly plays Center. There are three other Cs with more draws taken though, and he does quite poorly in the faceoff circle. Despite that he’s 6th amongst Vaxjo forwards in TOI/G, so he clearly spends some time on the wing as well.
Rank – Grade – NHL Readiness
19th – C – 2-4 YEARS
Position: C
Age: 21
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 179 lbs
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2018 6th round, 156th …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

OG Anunoby’s career night wasted as Nuggets defeat Raptors 133-118 in Mile High City

OG Anunoby dropped a career-high 32 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Raptors fell 133-118 to the Denver Nuggets. The loss was Toronto’s third in a row. Sunday’s game, at altitude against the second-place Denver Nuggets, was always going to be a tough one to win for the Toronto Raptors. And that would’ve […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

News and Notes: Andersen’s struggles continue in Pittsburgh, Leafs have shown interest in Adam Larsson, among others

In a season defined by low points, here’s yet another.

Last night’s loss showed the difference between a legitimate Stanley Cup contender and a pretender. You can make excuses for the Leafs all you’d like about how they haven’t had their ideal, healthy lineup, but the Penguins were without Evgeni Malkin last night and they walked past the Leafs without much trouble. There’s a stunning difference between the willingness of these two teams to find a way to win, as corny as that sounds.
The last time the Leafs got slammed by the Penguins, it represented pretty much the end of the line for Mike Babcock, who was ultimately fired a few days later. This time, there’s no coach to shoulder blame. Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss is on the players.
With the loss, the Leafs now sit just two points up on the Florida Panthers in the playoff race despite having played two more games. The nightmare of missing the playoffs is becoming more and more real and the team hasn’t shown much urgency to do anything about it.
Toronto went down 2-0 in …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors make a historic comeback against the Dallas Mavericks

After being down thirty points late in the third quarter, the Raptors’ defensive efforts and hot fourth-quarter shooting willed them to the greatest comeback in Toronto Raptors history. It’s not often that an NBA arena is electrified in December, giving fans a playoff-type of excitement in their gut. On Sunday night, in an interconference matchup […]
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Author: Neeraj Varma / Raptors HQ

Takeaways from the Toronto Raptors Norman Powell-fueled win against the Cavaliers

The Toronto Raptors set a season-high in points in a business-like 133-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. What did we take away from the game? The Toronto Raptors came into Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers looking to build positive momentum in the form of a second-straight win and they did just that in […]
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Author: Michael Walton / Raptors HQ

How are you feeling 20 games into the Leafs season?

Babcock’s goal is six points every five games
“We’re at the end of our four segments & we’d be set up perfect with 24 points. That’s exactly what we were looking for coming in & so we’re two away, we need this”
Segments so far:
2-2-1 (5)
3-1-1 (7)
2-2-1 (5)
2-1-1 (5 + ?)
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 13, 2019
Well, I guess that’s mission not accomplished and when you set the bar low, you’ll be surprised how often you fail to meet those expectations. Such is the story of the first 20 games of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And with the Leafs hitting the quarter mark of the season midway through the second period of Friday’s game against Boston, it’s time to start reflecting on how the Leafs have been coming up short.

Going by the point standings the Leafs might look to be better off than they actually are, though even that isn’t ideal. The Leafs are sitting 4th in their division, and 8th in their conference, putting them in a wildcard spot and only one point out of second in their division. Cool. No reason to think things are going bad, right?
Well, the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation