Toronto Raptors: Brooklyn Nets among teams interested in Norman Powell

Toronto Raptors: Brooklyn Nets among teams interested in Norman Powell

Last night’s loss to the Houston Rockets proved that is time for the Toronto Raptors to reboot, with a Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell trade potentially on the table. Plenty of prospective buyers, like the Brooklyn Nets, are interested in getting a deal done. Powell is averaging 19.5 points per game this season while shooting […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 Canadian players that could end up in Toronto soon

Raptors: 3 Canadian players that could end up in Toronto soon

While the Toronto Raptors proved emphatically that even after the Grizzlies failed in Vancouver, a Canadian NBA team can still be run well, win consistently, and develop a passionate fanbase that unites the entire country. The success of the Raptors has helped inspire a whole new generation of Canadian-born ballers ready to make their mark […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs by the Numbers: Zach Hyman

Zach Hyman proved everyone wrong. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. He was a 5th round (123rd overall) pick in the 2010 draft who wasn’t really thought of, at the time, as anything special. Acquired by the Leafs from the Panthers in 2015, Hyman has become one of the team’s most invaluable players.
Workhorse. Reliable. Consistent. Gives it his all, every game.

Zach Hyman is a one-man army pic.twitter.com/9bkS9m0Aft
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 6, 2020

These are just a few of the phrases used to describe Hyman on the ice over the last couple seasons – especially the 2019-2020 shortened season, where he was on track for some of his best play ever. On a team plagued by inconsistency, unreliability, and often apparent lack of motivation, Hyman stands out as an exception. He has regularly played on the top line alongside players like Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander, surpassing expectations and cementing his role as one of the team’s most important guys. He battles for the puck, he gets in the corners, he’s always there.
And he’s the unofficial Leafs king of empty-net goals.
Zach Hyman’s number …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

It’s time for the Leafs to score a goal

Forty-eight hours removed from what proved to be a defensive slugfest that saw the Leafs finish the night with a goose-egg, Toronto gets a shot at redemption this afternoon as they look to even the series against the Blue Jackets. Unlike a regular playoff series where there is little reason to panic after going down 1-0 in a playoff series, the urgency is increasing as this series is a best of five.
So it’s understandable why some fans are feeling a bit anxious after the Leafs were shutout in a playoff game. Given that Columbus likes to play trap-style hockey and suck the life out of the opposition’s attack, the Leafs will need to find a way to generate more offensive looks in tonight’s game if they want to stand a chance.
That’s not to say the Leafs didn’t put up a fight in that game (with the exception being the final six minutes), because there were some quality looks from Toronto throughout. Unfortunately, those weren’t as frequent since the majority of their chances were from low-percentage areas.
Columbus thrives off the forecheck and capitalizing on the opposition& …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs are sitting on a mountain of wingers

Depth is good. This year has proved that, as the Leafs have suffered more than their fair share of injuries this season. I’m not knocking depth. The thing is cap space is pretty darn good too, and the Leafs spend an awful lot of it on forwards, and perhaps too much of it on wingers. According to the numbers on PuckPedia, 41% of the committed cap space for next season is spent on seven wingers (this includes Kerfoot as being on the wing, because finding a solid 3C for next season makes sense.)
Most of that money is obviously tied up in Marner and Nylander, and I’m not making a case for trading them. Nor am I making a case for trading Zach Hyman, assuming the Leafs can extend him at a reasonable cap hit this summer. This is more of an exploration into whether the wing is a place the Leafs can sacrifice some of their depth of skill in order to save a bit of money to spend on greater areas of need, such as a 3rd line center, or upgrading the blueline.
The Current State:
Roster Locks
Pending Free Agents
Pushing for Spot
Marner


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Stock Take, and saying goodbye to Kobe Bryant

In a week where basketball proved to be secondary, the Toronto Raptors managed to stretch their winning streak to eight games. Whose stock rose and who fell this week? Losing someone as emphatic and incredible as Kobe Byrant has rocked the basketball community like never before. The fact that we lost Gianna Bryant – Kobe’s […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Is Fred VanVleet the best back-up point guard in the NBA?

In the past three seasons, Fred VanVleet has proved to be a more than capable point guard for the Toronto Raptors. Is he the best back-up point guard in the NBA? As an undrafted free agent just signing for the Toronto Raptors back in 2016, expectations were low for Fred VanVleet as an NBA caliber […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ