Toronto Raptors: 2 non-Dallas trade destinations for Goran Dragic

Toronto Raptors: 2 non-Dallas trade destinations for Goran Dragic

The newly formed relationship between Goran Dragic and the Toronto Raptors started off on rocky terms. After the long-time member of the Heat being sent over to the Raptors in the Miami sign-and-trade for Kyle Lowry this offseason, he expressed his displeasure in his new situation, cranking up the Dragic trade rumours once again. While […]
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Author: Matthew Eichhorn / Raptors HQ

Staturday Weekly Column #9: Why everyone should love William Nylander

There’s always been a tumultuous relationship between Maple Leafs fans and high skill, low grit players. From Jason Blake, to Phil Kessel, to Jake Gardiner, to now William Nylander, there’s a common theme with these players and the love-hate dichotomy in the fandom.
It comes down to perspective: do you want a player who gives it their all 100% of the time, or a player who doesn’t but still accomplishes more than most would with less-than-100% effort? When you bring on one of these players there’s a certain “leash” that comes with the territory, and some don’t accept that.
I am not one of those people. I am a Nylanderthal. William Nylander is my favourite Toronto Maple Leaf, and I wanted to use this column to present why the data supports this.
The Basics
Readers of this column will know that there’s a lot more to the story when it comes to data, but let’s start with the basics.
He’s not called “Bill Ny the Scoring Guy” for nothing. William Nylander scores points, and points help your team win. It’s a simple concept, but still valuable.
In 325 NHL games, Nylander has 235 points. …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation