The Blue Jays select RHP Irv Carter with fifth-round pick

The Blue Jays have now used their first four draft picks on pitchers.

With their first-round selection, the team selected Irv Carter, a high-school righty out of the Calvary Christian Academy in Florida. You might recognize the school’s name because Roy Halladay used to coach there.
The team used their fourth-round pick on Chad Dallas, who was ranked No. 210 in the draft by MLB Pipeline. Carter, meanwhile, is ranked No. 93 by Keith Law and No. 118 by Pipeline. It would seem the Blue Jays are going to go under-slot on Dallas in order to spend a little extra on Carter.
Here’s what Pipeline says about him…

Teams that have to play Calvary Christian Academy in Florida might think they’d be lucky if they didn’t have to face the school’s ace and potential top 10 pick, Andrew Painter. They’d be wrong, as the school’s No. 2 starter, Carter, would be the top guy in most other high school programs and is a legitimate Draft prospect in his own right.
There are a lot of things to like with Carter, particularly his size, physicality and arm strength. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a fastball that is currently up to 94 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Updated TLN Top 100 Consolidated Draft Rankings

The Updated TLN Top 100 Consolidated Draft Rankings

It’s not the first time we’ve acknowledged on the site that there is a lack of excitement around the draft in Leafs land this year. The Leafs are in “Win now” mode, even if they have a funny way of showing it, but organizationally and also with fans, roster changes are the priority. Add that three draft picks is low even if Cliff Fletcher was the GM, and no first rounder takes away from a lot of the excitement as well. Throw in the fact that this year lacks true star power, and while there are some interesting names and the absolute wild card factor of COVID non-seasons, shortened seasons, etc., there are interesting elements to the two days in the draft coming up in late June.
Still, we see you draft and prospect people in Leafs land that want some draft content and we’re here to deliver. I’ll start by saying that the 2021 Draft Player Cards have been updated to reflect the most current draft rankings. You can find the player cards here, and you can find the explainer for our consolidated rankings and the Hunter Score here. The player cards have been updated to …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Later round selections for the Toronto Six: Leah Marino, Olivia Atkinson, Darya Teryoshkina

fter a busy first and second round for the Toronto Six where they made 5 selections, bolstering their roster with 3 forwards and 2 defenders, they had only one selection per round to make for the last 3 rounds of the draft.
Let’s get right into who they added.
Leah Marino
This pick was announced by NBC’s Kate Scott, who did play-by-play for the broadcasts of the semifinals and finals of the 2021 Isobel Cup. This was Toronto’s 6th pick of the night, coming in the third round, 16th overall.
Marino is a depth forward for the Robert Morris University ice hockey team. She scored only 11 points in her 3 seasons there. She stands a little taller than average at 5’9″. While depth is certainly an important role, her lack of production makes this a curious selection. However, the Six must have something planned with this selection that we’re not privy to. There’s very little you can get from just points per game.
Olivia Atkinson
The 22nd overall pick and Toronto’s 7th selection of the night was made by Canadian Olympians Carolyn Ouelette and Julie Chu.
Atkinson is a forward who played with Concordia University for this past hockey. She …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Six select, in the second round, Annie MacDonald and Rachel Marmen

After an exciting first round for the Toronto Six, where they selected 2 forwards and a defender, they embark on the second round of the draft where they have two more selections to make.
Annie MacDonald
The first of their round two picks, their fourth total pick so far, and the 9th overall pick in the draft, was made by NWHL’s Advisor on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Head Coach of the Arcadia University women’s hockey program, Kelsey Koelzer.
MacDonald is a forward who played for Princeton (which happens to be Koelzer’s alma mater), but hails from Nova Scotia.
She had 13 points in this 2020-21 season, where she played 28 games. She also helped to lead the Tigers to the NCAA Championships in the 2019-20 season, which was unfortunately canceled due to COVID.
Rachel Marmen
This pick, the 10th overall in the draft and Toronto’s 5th, was announced by the New Jersey Devils’ PK Subban.
Marmen was a defender for Mercyhurst University, where she played all four of her college seasons. Another offensive defender, Marmen put up 11 points in the 18 games of her Senior year in the 2020-21 season.
She led the Lakers with a +11 rating this …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

William Nylander might finally be getting the respect he deserves

For the first time in probably his entire career, William Nylander isn’t the poster boy for trade talks. Sure, you still have the occasional uncle that still thinks he’s overpaid, but for the most part, people seem to think it’s crazy to see him go.
Now, he partially has Mitch Marner to thank for that, who has taken the mantle of trade hot takes after another underwhelming playoff performance, especially since signing his high priced second deal, but Nylander has also put up the performance to back up his own contract.
He also helped himself by his playoff performance, scoring goals in the first four games and scoring the lone goal in Game 7, as well as three assists for eight points in seven games. Now, that Game 7 goal came in garbage time when the game was already over, but we probably would have said the same thing last year about his 3-1 goal in Game 4 against Columbus if that was the Leafs lone goal of that game.
On a Leafs team with top end talent that couldn’t produce in the playoffs, Nylander did, and he shouldn’t be the first player in the core that comes …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Report from the Rock: News and notes for the upcoming Newfoundland Growlers season

Welcome to the first ever Report from the Rock, The Leafs Nation’s comprehensive coverage, news and notes about the Newfoundland Growlers, the ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’ll be taking on the role of TLN’s chief Growlers correspondent for the upcoming season, and hope you’ll all follow along on this journey and enjoy the ride.
Two big pieces of news to touch on this time, so let’s dive right in.
On May 11th, just a few days before the Leafs embarked on the journey towards the most embarrassing playoff collapse in franchise history, the Newfoundland Growlers’ social media accounts announced a long-awaited update. The Newfoundland Growlers will end the longest offseason in history on October 21st against the Trois-Rivieres Lions, a new expansion team that has signed an agreement to become the Montreal Canadiens ECHL affiliate.
The full Growlers schedule for the 2021-22 season can be found here, but here’s a quick rundown of some of the highlights:
The Growlers will play a 72 game season that will feature 6 homestands of 6 games each. Many of these homestands will feature feature three games in three nights, so for any of you out in the …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 reasons Jalen Green should be the pick at No. 4

Toronto Raptors: 3 reasons Jalen Green should be the pick at No. 4

For the first time in over 7 seasons, the Toronto Raptors missed the playoffs, giving draft lottery night a whole new meaning for Raptors fans. Entering Tuesday night, the Raptors had a 31.9% chance at a top 4 pick, not bad, but not amazing. Surely no shot at landing someone like Cade Cunningham or Jalen […]
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Author: Matthew Chiu / Raptors HQ

The Leafs will find a way to make the entry draft interesting

3 picks. That’s it. No first. Only 1 pick in the first four rounds. 3 picks. That’s pretty underwhelming for a team that has been at its best when developing its own players, and especially disappointing when you consider that the draft is one of the areas that Kyle Dubas has excelled during his time as Leafs GM. It’s largely that last point that has me convinced that the Leafs will be far more active than they are slated to be. History supports that.
The Kapanen trade
Last year the Leafs unloaded Kasperi Kapanen in advance of the entry draft to find their way back into the first round, and select Rodion Amirov. And while this draft isn’t as exciting as last years, the fact that this draft isn’t as exciting as last years also probably points to a lot more first round picks being in play than we’ve seen previously.
Presently there are some interesting options sitting with multiple draft picks. The fact that the Columbus Blue Jackets are sitting on three draft picks (including the Leafs) is certainly noteworthy, and given the Leafs and Blue Jackets tendency to hook up on trades, it will be …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

AL East Report – June 8

The pandemic is “over” and it is the first day that you return to the office.

You wake up late as you’ve been used to hoping on Zoom calls right after waking up. You notice you haven’t done laundry in some time, so you throw on your freshest clothing. You’re about to leave when you realize that you don’t have sox, so you run upstairs and throw on one white sox and one red sox and you make the bus in time. While the analogy leaves a lot to be desired, the Jays have a Sox-filled week as they play both the White Sox and Red Sox.
This past week was another winning week as they went 3-2, yet the Blue Jays are still 6 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the division lead. Eventually the excuse of “it’s still early” ends and quite frankly, I believe we are already past that point as we’ve made it through a third of a season.
It is pivotal that they have a winning week as the Rays’ schedule is easy as hell. Furthermore, Boston is second in the AL East, so winning that series gives the …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Lakers and Heat struggles prove Kyle Lowry was the missing piece

Raptors: Lakers and Heat struggles prove Kyle Lowry was the missing piece

The first round of the 2020-21 NBA playoffs is almost complete with the Mavericks and Clippers as the last remaining series to be decided. The biggest surprise, however, has been the poor performance by last year’s finalists in the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Miami Heat. Perhaps Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry might’ve helped […]
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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ