Toronto Raptors: Three New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Toronto Raptors: Three New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Although we can’t predict how the season will go based on five games alone, something’s gotta give if the Toronto Raptors want to proper in 2021. The Toronto Raptors were starting to look a little more familiar following their victory against the New York Knicks on Dec. 31, but it doesn’t change the fact that it […]
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Author: Jessica Aldos / Raptors HQ

Where will Nick Robertson play?

The answer to this question varies greatly based on who you ask. Some have Robertson playing with Matthews or Tavares. Others have Nick Robertson returning to the OHL for one more season of overripening. And pretty much everywhere in between. The landing spot for Robertson is incredibly difficult to predict, but there are two competing forces that make it harder.
Leafs wing Depth
The Leafs have no shortage of NHL capable wingers.
Wingers excluding Robertson
Wingers
Centers that also play wing
Marner
Kerfoot
Nylander
Spezza
Hyman
Engvall
Mikheyev
Boyd
Vesey
Malgin
Simmonds

Barabanov

Anderson

So assuming that Matthews, Tavares, and Thornton will occupy three of the four center positions, that leaves nine spaces for 13 forwards, excluding Robertson.
Of course, based on his abilities there’s more than a strong case for Robertson being ahead of some of those players. He might not have any sort of NHL resume to speak of, but the reality is his OHL resume, combined with a strong training camp might make him hard to ignore as an option for the top nine group. I can’t imagine the Leafs have much interest in bringing him along if he’s going to be a 4th liner, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation