Toronto Raptors: Drafting Evan Mobley would be a dream come true in 2021 NBA Draft

Toronto Raptors: Drafting Evan Mobley would be a dream come true in 2021 NBA Draft

The 2021 NBA Draft is pretty strong as far as draft classes go. It’s full of high-character guys, a good mix of positional talent, and a deep pool of NBA-level players for the Toronto Raptors to chose from. Still, there are five in this class that stand out in Cade Cunningham, the G-League Ignite’s Jalen Green […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Leafs players make a delicious word salad

John Tavares: “It’s been a pretty miserable couple of days.”#Leafs end-of-season media availability is underway. Players first, Dubas/Shanahan/Keefe this afternoon.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) August 12, 2020

If you are looking to seek comfort in anything said today you are heading down a path to disappointment. There’s hope that Keefe, Dubas, and Shanahan might provide some optimism this afternoon, but players are going to slip into cliche mode and at best let a couple of disheartening truths slip out. That was the case today. Here’s a small sampling of what was said today.

Barrie, heading for UFA: “At this point, I have no idea what the future holds.” #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) August 12, 2020

That likely means that Barrie has his bags packed, his condo up for sale, but he’s not sure what city he’ll be pointing the moving truck in the direction of. There’s never been anything either from Barrie or the Leafs showing this relationship will continue, so goodbye Barrie.

Freddie Andersen on affects of upcoming contract season: “What I’ve learned lately is to just control what I can control.”
— Justin Cuthbert (@jccuthbert) …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Are the Leafs sellers?

So far things are pretty damn quiet, but it’s also only 10 AM, so hang in there. The word out there is that the Leafs are moving into more of a sellers mindset and the Leafs aren’t going all in finding solutions today.

“I just think the #Leafs as an organization have decided not to bet on this team this year.”@FriedgeHNIC on how Saturday night’s loss may have impacted how Kyle Dubas approaches the #TradeDeadline @ScottyMacThinks @mikezigomanis. #LeafsForever
— Sportsnet 590 The FAN (@FAN590) February 24, 2020
I have to say if the result of this is a quiet day from the Leafs, the organization isn’t really inspiring a lot of confidence. If the Leafs need to be shaken up, perhaps you start the shake up when teams are throwing around 1st round picks for J.G. Pageau. If you think this team has a shot, well, I’m not sure what’s wrong with you, but you pick up some depth for 4th round picks.
Tyson Barrie appears to be as good as gone, and we& …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #51: 5 things to watch for against Dallas

The win was so nice let’s do it twice.
The Leafs looked pretty good in Nashville. This was helped by Nashville looking absolutely terrible, but damned if that’s going to stop me from being optimistic about what the Leafs will do to the Stars tonight.
Crushing a bit of that optimism is the fact that the Stars are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, although they only have a 9-9-0 record against the Eastern Conference, so maybe they’ve just been beating up on the lifeless Pacific Division this year.
Either way, it’s another important game (they pretty much all will be from here on out) and we can hope the Leafs will take advantage of being still relatively rested and looking to build a win streak.

Rating: 74.6#30 LW

Rating: 82.9#3 C

Rating: 78.3#8 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.61#5 FL1

Rating: 71.8#83 LW

Rating: 78.9#12 C

Rating: 76.6#13 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.76#6 FL2

Rating: 72.1#72 LW

Rating: 73.2#68 C

Rating: 72.0#67 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.46#7 FL3

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Finding a defenseman that fits what the Leafs need isn’t particularly easy

On the surface it seems pretty simple. The Leafs need to upgrade their defense. I’m not sure how much that’s actually true. I think they need to try something new with their defense, but I’m not sure it’s entirely on the personnel aside from Cody Ceci and maybe Martin Marincin. I wouldn’t mind if they were gone, but that’s an entirely different point.
If we assume that the everything we’ve heard is true and the Leafs are looking to upgrade their blueline, particularly with a defenseman who shoots right, can play in their top four, and is under contract beyond this season, the options for the Leafs quickly become very limited. I thought I’d do a little search to see just how many defensemen fit that bill.
Searching for under 30 year old defensemen who are either under contract beyond this season, or restricted free agents who shoot right and are active on an NHL roster were my search parameters.  That search yielded 36 players. Of those players we have names like Cale Makar, Erik Karlsson, Charlie McAvoy, Dante Fabbro, Noah Dobson, Adam Fox, John …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

5 trades the Leafs could make that would make their roster worse

Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen are both pretty good hockey players, but the Leafs have a lot of pretty good hockey players. It would not be wise to trade these guys for worse hockey players, but NHL general managers make bad decisions all the time. Instead of pushing for some hypothetical trades that the Leafs could do to make their roster better and more likely to compete for a playoff spot and hopefully the Stanley Cup, here are five moves that the Leafs could do if they just really wanted to sewer themselves.
Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen to Calgary for Milan Lucic
This one is about as easy as it gets when it comes to bad deals. For some reason, the Calgary Flames felt the best way to deal with their James-Neal-isn’t-scoring-problem was to trade him for one of the worst players in the league. The Leafs could make an even worse deal, by packaging Johnsson’s cap hit of $3.4 million alongside Kapanen’s $3.2 million to easily make up the $6 million Lucic makes. Of course, Lucic would have to waive his no trade clause, so this one might not come to fruition.
Kasperi Kapanen and …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation

Leafs recall Mason Marchment from Marlies

The title pretty much says it all, folks. The Leafs called up Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies, adding to a slew of transactions with the farm team recently.

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forward Mason Marchment from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 1, 2020

Marchment was added to the Toronto Marlies back when General Manager Kyle Dubas was Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas, in charge of running the AHL affiliate for the Maple Leafs. He signed an AHL contract with the club in 2016 and has began with the ECHL farm team for the Marlies at the time, the Orlando Solar Bears.
After that season,,he earned a full time job with the Marlies, typically playing in a middle 6 role for the last 2 seasons.
Expectations for this call up should be kept low, as it hasn’t been confirmed that Marchment is going to be playing for the Leafs yet. It’s most likely that he’s here as injury insurance. Both Pierre Engvall and Kasperi Kapanen had minor bumps and bruises from last night’s game, but there hasn’t been any word that either will be missing any …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies Name Greg Moore as New Head Coach

Did you hear about Sheldon Keefe’s promotion? Pretty big stuff, right?
Roughly two weeks ago, the long-time Marlies bench boss finally got the call-up fans had been waiting for, jumping into the NHL to take over a little team called the Toronto Maple Leafs and leaving his former employer without a coach.
Until now, that is.
Having gone about their business with a tandem of assistants, A.J. MacLean and Rob Davidson, since Keefe’s departure on November 20th, the Marlies opted to install a permanent fixture moving forward and officially named Greg Moore the seventh head coach in franchise history.
The news, which broke late Sunday night, came shortly after Hockey Night in Canada’s “Headlines” segment discussed the growing interest in the Marlies job during Saturday’s broadcast.
Moore now joins the Marlies after spending parts of the past two seasons with the USHL’s Chicago Steel, of which he was head coach. As one would expect, his ties to the Maple Leafs organization run relatively deep.
Not only did Toronto select one of Moore’s top players, Nick Abruzzese, in the fourth round of the draft this very summer, but both the Leafs and the Steel …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors ugly win against the Orlando Magic

It wasn’t pretty, but the Toronto Raptors earned a road victory against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. How did the team perform individually? In what felt like their 45th meeting of the season, the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic apparently decided to keep their offenses at home. Both teams looked defensive-minded, played a little […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Kerfoot suspended for 2 games

Well, pretty much as soon as the hit happened it seemed like this was inevitable, but now it’s official:

Toronto’s Alexander Kerfoot has been suspended for two games for Boarding Colorado’s Erik Johnson.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 25, 2019
It’s not too hard to see why that’s a suspension, and any arguments against it being a suspension are just through looking at the countless similar hits that regularly slip through the cracks. Sometimes players get away with things they should, that doesn’t mean that this wasn’t a justifiable suspension on Kerfoot, it absolutely is.

Bad hit from Alexander Kerfoot. Looked concerned for Erik Johnson afterwards #Leafs x #LeafsForever
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 24, 2019
See? Not ideal, and two games keeps Kerfoot out of Wednesday (@DET) & Friday’s (@BUF) games, returning on Saturday night when the Leafs return home to play against Buffalo.
As for how the Leafs backfill Kerfoot, well, they already have the bodies on the team to do so, and it likely means that Timashov or Shore play in on the 4th line with either Petan or Engvall moving up in the lineup, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation