3 important Raptors to watch as Training Camp officially kicks off

3 important Raptors to watch as Training Camp officially kicks off

The Toronto Raptors officially got their training camp grind kicked off nearly this week. Nick Nurse wants to ensure that this rebuilt roster and collection of non-guaranteed deals are as locked in as possible before their preseason debut against the new-look Utah Jazz. The preseason is where we saw that Dalano Banton was worthy of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 Raptors free agent PG targets after Dennis Schroder snub

3 Raptors free agent PG targets after Dennis Schroder snub

The Toronto Raptors have all 20 spots full on their projected training camp roster, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are done with making some new additions. According to some of the latest buzz, Dennis Schroder was reportedly on their radar before joining the Lakers. Schroder turned down both the Raptors and Phoenix Suns […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How have Raptors players performed in international competition?

How have Raptors players performed in international competition?

The Toronto Raptors have become famous for their ability to unite the best basketball players from all over the world in Canada. Masai Ujiri is one of the global game’s greatest ambassadors, and that has often been reflected in his ability to add stars from around the globe. On top of the fact that they […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: PG Jeff Dowtin

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: PG Jeff Dowtin

The Toronto Raptors still needed to fill one of their two-way contract spots by the time Summer League rolled around. After seeing the show that Jeff Dowtin put on for Toronto in Las Vegas, Nick Nurse and Masai Ujiri decided to make him a part of the squad for 2022-23. After being undrafted following a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 Svi Mykhailiuk replacements Raptors should consider signing

3 Svi Mykhailiuk replacements Raptors should consider signing

The Toronto Raptors appeared to have their training camp roster finalized when they entered this week. Still, the abrupt end to Svi Mykhailiuk’s tenure in Canada has opened up a vacancy. It’s hard to find a Raptors fan who would argue that Svi needed to be a significant part of the team in 2022-23. Mykhailiuk […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 areas where the Raptors are vastly improved in 2022-23

3 areas where the Raptors are vastly improved in 2022-23

The Toronto Raptors remade their roster once again following a flurry of offseason moves made in quick succession. From re-signing both Thad Young and Chris Boucher to drafting Christian Koloko in the second round, this new-look Raptors team is in a better position than they were last year. Toronto may have won 48 games in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Revenge games the Toronto Raptors can look forward to in 2022

Revenge games the Toronto Raptors can look forward to in 2022

The Toronto Raptors just saw their 2022-23 schedule revealed to the masses on Wednesday afternoon. While they have a brutal start to the season in terms of how many playoff-bound teams they will face, that schedule could ease up a bit when you look at how few back-to-backs they will have. While Toronto already has […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 most underrated players on the Toronto Raptors’ current roster

3 most underrated players on the Toronto Raptors’ current roster

Being underrated is nothing new to the Toronto Raptors or their fanbase, especially when they’re in the postseason picture. How many teams that have a championship in the last five years and are fresh off a 48-win season get talked about this infrequently? The Raptors have an All-Star point guard in Fred VanVleet, an All-NBA […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors’ Fred VanVleet is loving getting props for 3-point mastery

Raptors’ Fred VanVleet is loving getting props for 3-point mastery

The Toronto Raptors are tying their success in the next few years inexorably to the play of Fred VanVleet. While he has always been a solid shooter, the departure of names like Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry forced him to take a more proactive role on the perimeter. Advanced data proves that VanVleet’s quality from […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: The AHL-signed prospects

No organization in the NHL uses their affiliates quite like the Toronto Maple Leafs. Where some teams don’t even have an ECHL affiliate, the Maple Leafs use the Newfoundland Growlers as if it were a AA baseball team.
Every year, numerous NCAA and CHL graduates are inked to contracts with the Toronto Marlies. While they technically are not Maple Leafs property, and thus not included in our TLN Top 20 Prospect Rankings, these players are still in the organization and actively working alongside the development staff, just as any directly affiliated Leafs prospect would.
In being as active in the AHL signing market as the Leafs are, they essentially add 15-20 extra prospects to their system without spending a draft pick or SPC slot. These prospects are almost exclusively long shots, which is why they are available on AHL contracts in the first place, but Toronto has seen success stories already.
Since Kyle Dubas joined the Leafs organization in 2014, seven players that developed with the Marlies originally on an AHL contract later went on to be signed by the NHL club. Those players are:
Byron Froese
Justin Holl
Mason Marchment
Kristians Rubins
Pavel Gogolev
Curtis Douglas
Bobby McMann
The last two, Douglas and McMann, were inked just this past season. At least one player signed by the Marlies has gone on to be signed by the Maple Leafs in six out of the past eight years. Only …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation