Raptors stats without OG Anunoby on offense show his importance

Raptors stats without OG Anunoby on offense show his importance

After a great start during November where they looked like a playoff team, the Toronto Raptors ended the month poorly and may be eyeing a lottery selection. One of the main reasons why they are struggling right now is the fact they are not at full strength, as OG Anunoby has been out for multiple […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Why the Leafs should be patient with calling up Josh Ho-Sang

“I’m happy where I am right now.”
That’s what Josh Ho-Sang said last week when asked about getting to the Leafs. He’s not worried about being a Maple Leafs player or playing in the NHL — the 25-year-old wants to be happy — that’s it.
A lot of fans recently have seen how well Ho-Sang has been doing with the Marlies. At the moment, he has seven points (six goals, one assist) in his first eight games. He’s playing incredibly well.
Well enough that when people see a goal he scores or his stats, they say, “Bring him up to the Leafs.” And that’s not entirely the best idea.
As a person, I want Ho-Sang to have all the success in the world. He’s playing incredibly well for Toronto in the AHL, and the 25-year-old is doing everything that’s asked of him.
The best option right now, though, is patience.
Ho-Sang has played eight games with the Marlies, which is not a sizeable amount of evidence. Arguing his case on why he should be in the NHL doesn’t make sense at this point. He’s shown how good he can be, but he …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: There’s something to this Leafs shopping a defenseman thing

Rumours: There’s something to this Leafs shopping a defenseman thing

Where there is some there is often fire. What a wonderful cliche that allows us to work ourselves up into a frenzy over the Leafs, even more than usual.

Besides Travis Dermott, hearing that @leafs have also made it clear to @NHL clubs Justin Holl is available in trade discussions. More detail with @jtbourne and @SamAMcKee today 3-5pm est @FAN590 pic.twitter.com/N3HPcRZ9ct
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) November 4, 2021

For whatever reason, while Toronto’s defense is struggling, the Leafs are viewing themselves as having too many NHL defensemen, and not only are willing to shop one, but are willing to shop one that plays on the right side, you know, that side that seems to be most coveted in the NHL.
The players being offered up as sacrificial lambs are Justin Holl, who has most notably been a healthy scratch of late, and Travis Dermott, the 24 year old that has found himself promoted to the top pairing, and then injured, which really should be what underlines the need for carrying seven capable NHL defensemen, if not more. If you look at the injuries to the blueline over the past couple of seasons, there is certainly a need …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Amadio gets claimed by the Golden Knights. Maybe he’s funny or something

In a league where players with upside like Kale Clague or Cale Fleury managed to clear waivers without much fuss, we are once again treated to teams tripping over each other to claim AHL depth instead.

Vegas claims Michael Amadio off waivers from Toronto.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 30, 2021

Okay, so tripping over themselves is an exaggeration. Vegas was pretty low down the waivers priority list and clearly the Knights seem to be up to something at the moment or at least dealing with some injuries. They also would have seen a lot of Amadio from his time in Los Angeles, but frankly the fact they would have seen a lot of his skating makes the claim even more puzzling.
Anyway, Amadio is out for the Leafs. The center depth takes another hit, although nowhere near as significant as losing Adam Brooks and not anywhere near the point of panic. In fact the Leafs gaining another contract space seems like the best part of the deal and could bring us one step closer to Ho-Sang joining the Leafs at some point.
As for Amadio, good luck, I guess. You’ll certainly be the toughest part of a trivia question somewhere down …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

It looks like 2022-23 will be the cap hell we’ve been promised for years

In this the magical time where newspapers and sports radio are freaking out about a USports goaltender sitting on the bench, and trying to manufacture salary cap concerns for this season, I feel like getting a jump start on their freakout for next season, where it looks like our long promised cap hell will actually come to fruition.
We’ve been through one of these before. Paying a first round pick to have Patrick Marleau’s contract taken off the books, so the Leafs could turn around and throw a blank cheque at Mitch Marner certainly seems to fit with cap hell, but it also demonstrates that the Leafs have been able to wriggle their way out of bad situations as well, even if I’m not sure I’d use this as an example that left Leafs fans feeling particularly happy.
Toronto will have $67.8M committed to the salary cap for next season. If the cap stays flat (thankfully we’re hearing it won’t) that would leave Toronto with $13.7M to spend on filling a minimum of six roster spots. That leaves the with $2.28M for each spot available open. On the surface that doesn’t seem to …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The TLN Three Stars: Maple Leafs finally start on time in 3-1 over Ottawa

After two shaky games where the Toronto Maple Leafs continued their habit of getting completely outplayed by their opponents during the first ten minutes, the script was reversed with two early L
eafs goals being all that was needed in a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. It was without a doubt the best team performance from the boys in blue and white thus far into the young season, and despite Ottawa nearly tying the game late in the second period before an offside review overturned what would have been the game tying goal, Toronto controlled play and dominated their provincial rivals through most of the contest.
3rd Star: Jack Campbell
With an emergency backup goalie riding the bench after an injury to Petr Mrázek earlier in the week, Jack Campbell continued to show that last year was no fluke. Appearing in all three Leafs games so far this season, Campbell has posted a 0.968 save percentage and looked downright dominant while doing so. While Frederik Andersen had his moments of brilliance while with the team, Jack Campbell is showing the kind of consistency the Maple Leafs haven’t had since the days of Ed Belfour. Campbell has shown that he’ …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs hope to keep momentum going into season’s first battle of Ontario

After a rough start to the season opener where Jack Campbell was forced to bail out his teammates early and often during the first half of the opening frame, the team was able to settle down and control play for the remaining 50 minutes en route to a 2-1 win over their rival Montreal Canadiens. Winning a season opener against a rival is about as must-win as any game this early in the calendar can get for a team so the Toronto Maple Leafs will now look to ride that high of coming out on top of what was surely the most important Leafs vs Habs game of the past year into a game two matchup against the Ottawa Senators.
With this being the second game in two nights for the Leafs, the brand new goaltending tandem will be tested early as Petr Mrázek makes his Maple Leafs debut, hoping to match the stellar performance Jack Campbell put on the night before. Mrázek won’t be the only one getting tested however, as the Maple Leafs will be looking to show that they can have the killer instinct necessary to not only win games, but dominate games they should be winning. …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #16 Michael Bunting

The Michael Bunting show has arrived in Toronto, but where he will play is yet to be seen. On his 26th birthday, though, we’re taking a look at what he might do with the Leafs this season.
The Scarborough, Ontario native started last season in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners, scoring 19 points in 16 games. That total earned him a call up to the Arizona Coyotes, where he scored ten goals in 21 games played. After seeing that production, the Leafs and Kyle Dubas decided to take a chance on him.
5 important stats
2021 5v5 goals
2021 S%
2021 xGF/60
2021 5v5 TOI/GP
2021 Goals/60
7G in 21GP
26.32
2.89
14:05
1.71
There are a lot of elements that stand out regarding Bunting. The first is that he loves to score. Most of the goals that he put into the net last season were either tips, rebounds or clean shots. Whether it’s a jam-in goal or a deflection, Bunting is always happy to score.
In that sense, he’s sort of similar to Zach Hyman. I vividly remember when Hyman would put a puck into the net, he was always celebrating. Maybe it was because of how hard the two work to score goals, but the relation …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Trading prospects over draft picks is the right move for Maple Leafs

Trading prospects over draft picks is the right move for Maple Leafs

There comes a time where winning is everything, especially for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And that time is right now.
Kyle Dubas sought to take a massive step at the trade deadline last season by giving up a first-round pick for Nick Foligno. It was okay to take that risk last year with such a thin draft class. This year, though, is a completely different draft. The first-overall pick for is likely going to be Kingston Frontenacs centre, Shane Wright. You don’t get a player of his calibre after that, but it’s still a deeper draft than in 2021.
Toronto had three picks in this year’s draft and could have the same next year. With that being the case, the Maple Leafs might want to think twice about trading their first-round draft pick. Even the second-round pick wouldn’t be worth risking at this point. The Maple Leafs don’t have the deepest of prospect pools and would miss out on a good player if a pick is traded.
Could it make sense to trade a younger player instead? Perhaps so.
Looking at Toronto’s prospects, only three are off-limits: Nick Robertson, Rodion Amirov and Timothy Liljegren. Obviously, …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #9 Mikhail Abramov

After a couple of seasons where the Toronto Maple Leafs have struggled to graduate prospects on entry-level contracts to the NHL lineup, their 2019 draft class will be looking to change that narrative. Four of Toronto’s selections in that draft feature inside our top 10 and fourth-round pick Mikhail Abramov is a big part of that group.
Abramov falling three positions, from 6th in 2020 to 9th, is extremely harsh. A breakout campaign in 2019/20 saw him shoot up the rankings, but similar results in 2020/21 from the year prior were not enough to maintain his rank with some of the Leafs 2020 draft class seeing breakout seasons of their own.
Still, after captaining the Victoriaville Tigres to a QMJHL championship, a three-position fall is not an indication of the year Abramov had. Making the transition to the professional game in 2021 with the Marlies, Abramov will be high on the list of Leafs prospects to keep an eye on this upcoming season.
Position: Centre
Age: 20
Height: 6’0
Weight: 185 lbs
Drafted: 115th Overall, 2019 NHL Draft by Toronto
2020-21 Team: Victoriaville, QMJHL
2020 Prospect Ranking: #6
Mikhail Abramov took a massive step forwards in 2019/20, and while he didn’t take another big leap forwards in 2020/21, he maintained a lot of …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation