Toronto Raptors: Under the radar signings to address frontcourt needs

The 2020 NBA off-season presents several roster issues that the Toronto Raptors must address. While everyone focuses on what to do about Fred VanVleet, the Raptors frontcourt is in dire need of replenishment. The Toronto Raptors frontcourt is in disarray as the NBA Draft approaches on November 18th, 2020. Some big-name free agents could be […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Prospect Roundup: New blood, Lehtonen stays hot, bye bye Bracco

The Leafs had several prospects with their seasons already underway prior to the draft, and seven of their 12 selections this week were added to that list. Perhaps it’s coincidence, or perhaps it was a calculated plan, but for the most part the Leafs managed to avoid the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming seasons for prospects in leagues such as the OHL, WHL, and USHL. For more on their newest crop of prospects, check out my breakdown of the Leafs’ 2020 draft class.
Toronto Maple Leafs 2020 NHL draft recap

We’ve all been ultra focused on the draft and who the Leafs would be adding to their prospect pool, so let’s get caught up on some guys who have been in the Leafs system for a little while longer.

Mikko Lehtonen – LHD – Jokerit (KHL)
When we last checked in with Lehtonen, he was off to a hot start with seven points through Jokerit’s first six games. Fast forward a week and he is just getting hotter. In two games since then, the undrafted free agent signing has added another five points and is now up to six goals and six assists through just eight contests. It’s looking more and …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Beyond the Toronto Raptors: Team Canada gears up for 2020

Looking beyond the Toronto Raptors, several NBA players have expressed interest in joining Team Canada this summer. Will we see Canada Basketball at its finest? Oh Canada! We’ve got a major snowstorm coming to Tokyo by way of Victoria, the home for the qualifying tournament featuring Team Canada. Unlike this past summer’s FIBA tournament, Canada […]
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Author: Go Paolo / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays earn first series victory of 2019 in rainy Minneapolis

After several close calls, the Blue Jays have finally won their first series of 2019. Thanks chiefly to some timely hitting and solid pitching, the team was able to beat out the Twins in a rainy and tightly fought four-game series.
With that, the Blue Jays have improved their record to 8-12, and now sit in third place of the American League East. Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from the team’s first battle with the Minnesota Twins:
The Good
Newly recalled infielder Eric Sogard (6-for-12, 3 RBI, 2 2B, .667 SLG) was on fire in his first series with the club, while Teoscar Hernandez (6-for-15, 6 RBI, BB, HR) and Justin Smoak (5-for-14, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 3 R) continued to contribute at their regular rates. Randal Grichuk had himself a great set as well, going 6-for-14, adding a home run, three walks, and four runs scored.
In the field, Hernandez was surprisingly solid with the glove and arm, while Freddy Galvis and Sogard looked smooth up the middle, despite the former’s oddly quiet offensive series.
On the mound, Matt Shoemaker (6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 SO) and Aaron Sanchez (6.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 5 SO, W) turned in decent outings once again, …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation