Toronto Raptors: 3 players that will make or break the season

Toronto Raptors: 3 players that will make or break the season

There are only a few days left until the Toronto Raptors start their 27th season. They will play against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 20 in Toronto. The Raptors will be in Toronto for the first time since February of 2020, and the excitement is palpable. The ups and downs this franchise had to suffer […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

It’s time to try Ilya Mikheyev with Matthews and Marner

It’s time to try Ilya Mikheyev with Matthews and Marner

Only one more day until the Toronto Maple Leafs announce their training camp roster. It’s come very quickly, I know.
With it approaching so fast, I thought this would be my last chance to give my thoughts on what could be an intriguing idea. I’ll be honest — it’s different.
When you look back at last season, one of the big storylines was Ilya Mikheyev and his production. Starting his NHL career, he was a 0.58 points-per-game player. That was enough for Kyle Dubas to give him a contract at $1.645 million for two years. And since signing that contract, it’s safe to say that Mikheyev hasn’t lived up to it.
After sustaining a wrist laceration in December of 2019, it was clear to provide him with a free pass for the near future. A lot of fans appeared to do that.
Coming into the 2020-21 season, though, it was time for a change. And looking back at it now, people didn’t get one.
Mikheyev struggled to score last season, only beating a goaltender seven times in 54 games. The 26-year-old was coming from the KHL, where he scored 23 goals in his final 62 games.
He finished off the 2021 season …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Pascal Siakam must earn the title of “the guy” this season

Raptors: Pascal Siakam must earn the title of “the guy” this season

The Toronto Raptors are not only transitioning out of the Kyle Lowry era, but they may be transitioning into the age of Pascal Siakam. Their leading scorer from last year is tied to Toronto thanks to a hefty max contract that will pay him nine figures in the next few years, as the Raptors will […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 advantage the Toronto Raptors have over every Atlantic rival

1 advantage the Toronto Raptors have over every Atlantic rival

The Toronto Raptors are not only being doubted by the larger basketball media because of the fact they lost Kyle Lowry in free agency, but also due to their misfortune of being grouped in with some of the best teams in the game in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division. The Raptors must contend with two of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Goran Dragic’s beef shouldn’t be with the team

Toronto Raptors: Goran Dragic’s beef shouldn’t be with the team

Goran Dragic has only been a member of the Toronto Raptors for a few weeks, and it sounds like he is already frustrated at the fact that he has to play for a Canadian team that is in flux at the moment. Dragic was translated as saying that he has” higher ambitions” than playing in […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Former Suns coach Earl Watson joining as an assistant

Toronto Raptors: Former Suns coach Earl Watson joining as an assistant

The Toronto Raptors will not only have to figure out what the next steps of the franchise will look like considering that Kyle Lowry could be on the move this offseason, but they must also replace several trusted assistant coaches. The latest reports seem to suggest that Earl Watson has been selected as one of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Adam Silver hints that playing in Canada is not a done deal

Toronto Raptors: Adam Silver hints that playing in Canada is not a done deal

The Toronto Raptors were the only team in the NBA that had to play their home games in a completely different country, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced Toronto to pitch up in Tampa for the entire season. Despite the best efforts of the locals, Toronto never seemed to really get into a groove in Florida. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / 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

1 lesson the Toronto Raptors can learn from the Celtics after elimination

1 lesson the Toronto Raptors can learn from the Celtics after elimination

The Toronto Raptors might’ve been the only team in the Atlantic division to miss out on the postseason, but that didn’t necessarily mean that a playoff team like the Boston Celtics were in for a very fun month of May, as they had a matchup with the mighty Brooklyn Nets to look forward too. Jayson […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 surprise free agents who could sign 1-year deals

Toronto Raptors: 3 surprise free agents who could sign 1-year deals

The Toronto Raptors’ offseason has only just started and the rumor mill has already begun to swirl when it comes to the draft, free agency, and trades this organization should pursue. There are tons of names being thrown out there when it comes to all aspects of this offseason and some are much more realistic […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ