Raptors: 3 preseason revelations Nick Nurse must consider

Raptors: 3 preseason revelations Nick Nurse must consider

The preseason can be a difficult time to gauge. Toronto Raptors fans are well aware that at the end of the day, preseason games are just exhibitions and that the top-tier talent isn’t really going full speed. The ups and downs players display should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, we just […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Winners and Losers from Toronto Raptors 2022 preseason

Winners and Losers from Toronto Raptors 2022 preseason

The Toronto Raptors have closed the 2022 preseason on a strong note, beating the rival Boston Celtics in overtime for the second time in as many weeks. A 3-2 record is nothing to shake a stick at, considering how deep they had to dive on the bench for minutes. The roster has been finalized, and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 emerging storylines to watch ahead of Raptors-Celtics game

3 emerging storylines to watch ahead of Raptors-Celtics game

The Toronto Raptors got their preseason schedule off to an incredibly dynamic start, dominating the rebuilding Utah Jazz 114-82 in front of a packed house in Edmonton. Nick Nurse and the rest of the squad won’t have such an easy time of things in their next contest against a division rival. Even though the Celtics […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 Toronto Raptors who could lose their roster spot midseason

3 Toronto Raptors who could lose their roster spot midseason

The Toronto Raptors are going to use the 2022-23 preseason to gauge just how strong the bench will be. Considering that they have their starting lineup completely figured out, the first few exhibitions in October will be used to ensure that this team is as well-rounded as possible. While the core of this team is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Some way too early training camp analysis: Leaflets

The Leafs have played two preseason games in a split squad series, so now seems like as good a time as any to start talking in absolutes about who sucks and who should be on Tavares’ wing, right?
No. Okay, well, I’ll do my best to get through this post without reading anything into the games played and instead focus more on what’s to come and what we can potentially takeaway from the camp as a whole so far.
Cuts without actual cuts

Keefe sees today as “the end of training camp” with a day off tomorrow, new practice assignments and emphasis on regular season prep starting Monday.
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) September 25, 2022

This was one of the more interesting quotes following the preseason games, and should give us a good understanding of the direction the Leafs are going in. Keefe followed up that cuts weren’t imminent, and that makes sense as well. The AHL camps aren’t open yet, and it’s still nice to have some tryhards around to work the likely roster players against.
I’d suspect we see two very different groups for the Leafs in camp tomorrow, one that mirrors what we’ve seen from the Leafs in previous camps. We’ll see the players likely bound for the Leafs top six put together and paired with more defensively minded players bound for the Marlies, and in the second group, we’ll see the third and fourth line locks put with the offensively skilled AHL group.
The preliminary days of camp likely helped connect the dots that Jarnkrok should be playing with the top six group, Malgin should be put in a spot where he can best compete for an NHL job, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation