Toronto Raptors: 3 things No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes brings

Toronto Raptors: 3 things No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes brings

The Toronto Raptors were expected to take Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, they once again subverted expectations when they ended up taking Florida State stud Scottie Barnes, intrigued by his versatility, defense, and potential on both ends. Barnes averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn needs to become an ace Sixth Man in ’21

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn needs to become an ace Sixth Man in ’21

The Toronto Raptors appear likely to take a point guard in the 2021 NBA Draft, with Gonzaga standout Jalen Suggs standing out as the most likely selection for Toronto. This isn’t the news that Malachi Flynn was hoping to come across. Taken 29th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft out of San Diego State, Flynn […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 shooters to select in 2021 NBA Draft second round

Toronto Raptors: 3 shooters to select in 2021 NBA Draft second round

The Toronto Raptors can take comfort in the fact that they have plenty of players on this roster who can stroke it from deep, but in the modern NBA, there is no such thing as having too much in the way of 3-point shooting. The Raptors could take a game-changer with their first pick in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Marlies have a few free agents worth retaining

As we take an all encompassing look at the Leafs free agent situation this summer, it’s necessary to also consider what the Leafs will do in the way of the Marlies free agents. A decision was already made around Antti Suomela, and he was brought back on an AHL deal. A decision was seemingly made on Martin Marincin, who is rumoured to be returning to Slovakia. Whether he spearheaded that decision or the Leafs, it doesn’t really matter, but he will apparently be gone from the Leafs organization next season.
That leaves a handful of others that need at the very least some brief consideration and some others that are no brainers.
We’ll start with the no brainers.
Joseph Woll is a restricted free agent without arbitration rights. In all likelihood the Leafs will make him a qualifying offer and he’ll sign it. That will be the last we speak of this for two years. And honestly, that could be where the no brainer decisions end. Every other Marlie player up for free agency either has arbitration rights or will be an unrestricted free agent. That complicates things.
Veini Vehviläinen might be the next closest …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Ben Hutton returning wouldn’t be a bad thing, but is it necessary?

As we take a look at the Leafs pending free agents and try to determine what they should do with them, few players warrant more of a “why are you even bothering with this?” response more than Ben Hutton. Writing about Ben Hutton as a Leaf seems completely ridiculous as he spent a grand total of four games in a Leafs uniform, none of which were in the playoffs, which actually might be a selling point for bringing him back.
Hutton’s time with the Leafs saw him playing over 18 minutes a night in the largely meaningless, rest the top players games of spring. Hutton did what was expected of him, he was hitting, blocking shots, and had positive differentials on Corsi and Expected Goals. He was on the ice for a lot of low event hockey, and that’s pretty much what you want from a guy like Hutton.
Hutton’s numbers took a bit of a hit during his time in Anaheim, but his previous season in Los Angeles showed a lot more promise. There’s something to be said for a player like Hutton who is a more capable version of Martin Marincin, and could provide a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Around the NHL: Lou’s probably done more to hurt the Isles than help them

Welcome to Around the NHL, a new weekly column where I take a deep dive into non-Leafs topics, to give you a better look at other teams around the league. Whether it’s players, teams, or the whole league, the world is our oyster with this series, so let’s dive in.
After a second straight year of conference finals appearances from the Islanders and GM of the Year nominations for the man himself, the topic of whether the Leafs should have replaced Lou Lamoriello with Kyle Dubas has returned yet again, but the results make it harder and harder to argue that the Leafs made the right moves.
However, the process is a much different argument.
Now, I could write about how Lou was pretty bad in his tenure with the Leafs, especially when it came to turning the team into a contender, but instead I’m going to look at how he hasn’t really been a key cog to the Islanders success, as his trades and signings have probably hurt the team from being even better, while relying mostly on the successful systems of head coach Barry Trotz (who got ONE Jack Adams vote this year).
How …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Raptors draft: Filip Petrusev is a forgotten stud in NBA Draft second round

Raptors draft: Filip Petrusev is a forgotten stud in NBA Draft second round

The Toronto Raptors draft plan could take them to the international market, as this NBA Draft class is full of promising players from overseas, with several Eastern European prospects really standing out. After a dominant season in Serbia, Mega Soccerbet star Filip Petrusev might be one of the more intriguing targets for Toronto. If Petrusev’s […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Grading OG Anunoby’s breakout 2020-21 season

Toronto Raptors: Grading OG Anunoby’s breakout 2020-21 season

If the Toronto Raptors can take anything positive away from the 2020-21 season, it’s the fact that OG Anunoby has continued his upward ascension and has become one of the game’s premier two-way forwards. After coming into the league as a defensive stopper out of Indiana that needed to work on becoming a consistent threat […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — So uh… game seven hey?

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

They didn’t do it in game five, but can the Leafs make it happen in game six? We’ll find out in a few long hours.
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The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
3-3
3-3

GF/GA
17-11
11-17

Power play %

14.3

11.1

Penalty kill %
88.9

85.7

CF%
52.12
47.88

xGF%
58.32
41.68

PDO
101.2
98.8

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Big players show up in big games and the Leafs need Auston Matthews ($9,200) to show up tonight. He’s been generating lots of shots, but has four points in six games — three of which came in game two. He’s still averaging 16.7 FPPG, a slight decrease from his 18.3 in the regular season.
William Nylander ($6,000) has been great for the Leafs in the playoffs scoring seven points in six games. He’s averaging 13.4 FPPG, a slight uptick from his 10.6 in the regular season.
Someone who …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Will the Leafs close out the Habs in game six?

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

They didn’t do it in game five, but can the Leafs make it happen in game six? We’ll find out in a few long hours.
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The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
3-2
2-3

GF/GA
15-8
8-15

Power play %

17.7

0.0

Penalty kill %
100.0

82.4

CF%
51.91
48.09

xGF%
57.28
42.72

PDO
101.5
98.5

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Auston Matthews ($9,200) is up to four points in five games and has only scored one goal. That, despite firing 19 shots on net. I think that changes soon and it could be tonight. He’s always worth a spot in your lineup.
William Nylander ($5,900) is leading the Leafs in playoff scoring with seven points in five games. He’s scored four times and at his value, he’s absolutely a must-play.
Jake Muzzin ($4,800) is averaging 9.4 FPPG so far in the playoffs, a slight uptick from …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation