3 former Toronto Raptors who must make the 75th Anniversary Team

3 former Toronto Raptors who must make the 75th Anniversary Team

The NBA is set to unveil its 75th Anniversary Team, comprised of the 75 greatest players in league history. Selections are being announced during editions of NBA Tip-Off on TNT and NBA Today on ESPN between October 19 and 21. The Toronto Raptors, unfortunately, may not get a ton of love on this list. The 75th […]
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Author: Brian Swane / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Did Sam Dekker do enough to make the roster?

Toronto Raptors: Did Sam Dekker do enough to make the roster?

As the Toronto Raptors try to figure out which non-guaranteed players should make the final roster, the likes of Sam Dekker are doing everything they can to stick in the NBA. During Toronto’s preseason finale against the Washington Wizards, Dekker put together one of the most sensational shooting performances you’ll see in the preseason. Despite […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Precious Achiuwa is the key to unlocking this offense

Toronto Raptors: Precious Achiuwa is the key to unlocking this offense

One of the more unique players on the Toronto Raptors at this moment in time is center Precious Achiuwa, who ended up in Canada as one of the crown jewels of the Kyle Lowry swap. Achiuwa was brought to Toronto with the expectation that Nick Nurse could give him the shot in the arm he […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #13 Travis Dermott

Travis Dermott may be one of the most divisive players on the Toronto Maple Leafs. It feels like every year that passes by, there’s a contingent of Leafs fans shouting out that this is the year Dermott breaks out and becomes the top 4 defenceman that his 34th overall selection status suggested he should be. Meanwhile others see Dermott as nothing more than a bottom line guy, one who could be taking away minutes from more deserving defenceman, or kids like Sandin or Liljegren who have a potential ceiling that far surpasses what Dermott has shown thus far in his young career.
That uncertainty about Dermott is reflected even within the TLN writing staff, where some had him ranked within the top 10, considering Dermott to be a valuable asset to this team while others had him barely making the top 20, dropping as low as 18th and thus seen as little more than a replacement player on the Maple Leafs roster. This will likely be the make or break year for Travis Dermott who is expected to be partnered alongside Rasmus Sandin for most of the season. If Dermott isn’t able to help Sandin reach his potential as the Leafs …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kyle Lowry discusses Kawhi Leonard’s reputation in Toronto

Raptors: Kyle Lowry discusses Kawhi Leonard’s reputation in Toronto

Very rarely do star players as complimentary as Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard get to play with one another, but the Toronto Raptors made that situation a reality when they pulled off that famous earth-shattering trade. It’s safe to say that their one year together worked out for the best. Before Leonard bolted for the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How good are the Leafs prospects relative to other teams?

How good are the Leafs prospects relative to other teams?

As we continue to countdown the Leafs prospects, and get to the players that we are increasingly optimistic about, it’s important we ask ourselves, how good are these players relative to the league and not just to other Leafs prospects?
Take yesterday’s prospect, Nick Abruzzese. We’re all pretty excited about him. I mean he was ranked 8th so we must like him a fair bit, he had a strong first year at Harvard, he compares favourably to other NCAA prospects (although the Ivy League teams rarely face the same level of competition), and despite missing last season to an injury and COVID cancelling the season, he was recently named captain, and he shows a lot of promise. Abruzzese is a Chicago Steel product, and Ryan Hardy knows him well. They use a development program created by Leafs player development guru Darryl Belfry and that should help him too, all of this sounds good, but in reality this is us just really knowing our prospects, liking them, but not playing Abruzzese relative to his prospect peers.
The reality is that Abruzzese is still a longshot. He’ll probably get a contract from the Leafs, he’s a great …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Could Isaiah Hartenstein replace Freddie Gillespie?

Raptors: Could Isaiah Hartenstein replace Freddie Gillespie?

Even though players like Isaiah Hartenstein were available on the free agent market, the Toronto Raptors have apparently decided to stick with a center rotation that features Khem Birch as the starter, Precious Achiuwa as the small ball backup option, and Freddie Gillespie as the mop-up third-string player. However, if the Raptors want to make […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Getting to know Blue Jays prospect Sem Robberse

Want a list of all MLB players that have played from the Netherlands proper who pitched 500 innings or had 1000 plate appearances since the colour barrier was broken?

Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven and Didi Gregorius.
While there are many notable players from the Dutch Antilles (Curaçao and Aruba), it’s safe to say that baseball is not a priority sport in the Netherlands. Quite frankly I could have left this paragraph blank and you’d get the point. The Netherlands produces high-quality footballers, it’s not quite so easy to find a notable baseball player from Holland.
So, you may be asking why I’m talking about a non-baseball European country in a Blue Jays Nation article and it boils down to the Blue Jays’ ability to find high potential prospects on the International Free Agent market. Sem Robberse may be one of those players in the eventual future.
2019 IFA signings:
If you know me or follow me on Twitter, I rant and rave about the Blue Jays and their success on the International Free Agent market. They went shopping in 2018, signing a potential generational talent in Orelvis Martinez. The next season they followed that up by signing relief …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Mike Amadio, Brett Seney to one-year deals

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed two players to one-year, two-way contracts.
Forwards Mike Amadio and Brett Seney will be joining the organization on the deals, each of which carries an NHL salary of $750k, the club announced.
Amadio, 25, was drafted in the third round of the 2014 draft by the LA Kings last year was traded to the Ottawa Senators. He’s appeared in 173 NHL games scoring 16 goals and 40 points playing third and fourth line minutes. He’s spent a fair amount of time in AHL, too, appearing in 130 games scoring 35 goals and 104 points.
Seney, also 25, was a sixth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2015 and remained with that organization until this offseason. He’s played in 53 NHL games scoring five goals and 13 points on the fourth line. In the AHL, Seney’s scored 30 goals and 81 points in 129 games.
At the very least, both depth moves would greatly benefit the Marlies as the pair have provided solid offensive production up front there.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

When will Kristians Rubins be in the Maple Leafs lineup?

Of all the players I could talk about from the Toronto Marlies, Kristians Rubins is still one of the most mysterious. He’s a big player who can move up and down the ice at a high rate of speed. But the question is — can he put everything togeter?
Today, I look into what he’s good at, what he can work on, and how long it might be before he’s ready for a spot in the Maple Leafs lineup.
I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation