TLN Predicts what the season will look like for Leafs players

Yesterday we gave you some team and league wide predictions, now as we inch closer to the start of the season I feel you can properly handle our predictions for the Leafs players.

Thought we’d start the group off with an easy one, and while Matthews expectedly did numbers here, it’s hard to argue that the other four couldn’t push for their chance at the title as well. Well maybe Brodie’s a stretch, but he’s also one hell of a defenseman and it’s nice to see the blueline get some love here.

Good chance that we were filling out the prediction questionnaire while watching a preseason game. And for full disclosure, yours truly forgot to put Kase on the drop down list, so those were two write-ins for Kase. Maybe he could have pushed Bunting harder if I was on my game. It’s the preseason for all of us.

Unlucky Pierre didn’t receive a lot of love here. Mikheyev and his rumoured trade request probably helped his case as well, and as for Liljegren, I want the TLN crew to know it wasn’t me this time who suggested Liljegren be traded, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Late goal from Amadio gives the Leafs another preseason win in Ottawa

For the second game in a row, we got some preseason action from the Leafs’ “best of the rest”, as the highlights of the roster featured Justin Holl and Alexander Kerfoot, while all the players on the fringes battled it out for the remaining spots in the lineup.
Unlike last game, the competition wouldn’t be quite as easy, as they’d be up against most of the Ottawa Senators NHL lineup. I mean, it’s still pretty easy, just not as easy as their AHL lineup like last time.
Not surprisingly, this group managed to hold their own, never really finding themselves hemmed in by Ottawa, and keeping the score close despite lacking the obvious finishing talent. From a long term perspective, it’s not a bad thing to have practice with if the Leafs get a couple injuries from the big guns. They kept it close and competitive, and capitalized on their chances when they got them.
The scoring didn’t open until the second, when Pierre Engvall of all people got a power play goal with a really nice shot. He also managed to get another shot off like that later in the period, but no goal …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #5 Jake Muzzin

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #5 Jake Muzzin

In a shocking twist of fate, as some of our more loyal readers may have gleaned based on our countdown, the Toronto Maple Leafs most valuable defenceman going into this season is not one of their top pair staples in Morgan Rielly or T.J. Brodie. Instead, that distinction, as voted on by our Maple Leafs experts at The Leafs Nation, belongs to none other than Jake Muzzin.
The 32 year old left handed defenseman has done nothing but impress in his time with the Maple Leafs since his acquisition back in January 2019. While this will somewhat surprisingly be his first full campaign with the hockey club, there’s little doubt in our minds that the tools Jake Muzzin brings are uniquely special to this team. 
Throughout his career, Muzzin has blended a strong analytical toolkit with some of the most hard nosed, old-school hockey that the league has to offer and as such he has endeared himself to young and old fans alike. It’s no accident that one of our writers had Muzzin ranked as highly as 2nd in terms of his value to the Maple Leafs. Muzzin is a staple of this team’s defence core, and unquestionably …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes was the star of open practice

Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes was the star of open practice

The Toronto Raptors may have shocked some with their selection of Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but he has quickly become a beloved figure around this team due to his infectious personality and potential to become a quality defender immediately. While Barnes is a bit raw on […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the roster hopefuls

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst case scenarios for the roster hopefuls

Having already looked at some plausible scenarios (on both ends of the spectrum) for the Toronto Raptors‘ rookies, the stakes get just a bit higher this time, as we examine those same scenarios as they impact the players hoping to make a strong impression in training camp and earn a roster spot. These are the guys literally […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Could the Toronto Raptors potentially trade for Karl-Anthony Towns?

Could the Toronto Raptors potentially trade for Karl-Anthony Towns?

The Toronto Raptors appear to have put some of the offseason noise in the past as they try to gear up for a run back to the postseason. Not every team has been so fortunate, as Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves once again find themselves mired in controversy and uncertainty. Towns is coming off […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: What does Reggie Perry bring to the squad?

Toronto Raptors: What does Reggie Perry bring to the squad?

While the Toronto Raptors made some tough roster decisions this offseason, their Atlantic rivals in the Brooklyn Nets were doing the exact same. While Reggie Perry was picked late in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, Brooklyn already decided that he wasn’t a fit and cut him loose. Perry was a double-double machine […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs prioritizing short term over the long term at development camp

With some development camps shifting from mid-summer to one month before the NHL season, teams have elected to get creative with how they do things. The Maple Leafs have decided to make camp, which is headed by Senior Director of Player Development, Hayley Wickenheiser, more about competitiveness rather than learning.
“What we opted to do rather than do a lot of teaching, we only have three practices and two scrimmages, so we’ve opted to create a competitive environment versus a teaching environment.” Said Wickenheisier.
There are plenty of ways to view this decision. In some instances, it makes sense to go more into the development of players. When you’re able to have more time with them, it allows you to slow everything down and make it more about learning. However, with the short amount of time the Maple Leafs have, it makes sense to change things up this year.
“What we’ve done is we’ve introduced concepts into gamified drills,” said Wickenheiser, “we want to see how players can think the game, how their compete level is, what type of character they can demonstrate under difficult circumstances, and then their skill ultimately.”
Electing to make the development …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 most untradeable players on the current roster

Toronto Raptors: 3 most untradeable players on the current roster

The Toronto Raptors made some big subtractions from the equation in preparation for the 2021 season, as the loss of Kyle Lowry and a handful of bench contributors may take some time to overcome. All of this turmoil has some speculating that Toronto will spend another season down in the dumps of the East. While […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 Top 10 picks Scottie Barnes will outscore in 2021-22

Toronto Raptors: 3 Top 10 picks Scottie Barnes will outscore in 2021-22

The Toronto Raptors surprised some when they used the No. 4 overall pick on Florida State standout Scottie Barnes. Nearly all of the pre-draft pundits had Toronto selecting Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs, who was picked immediately after Barnes by the Orlando Magic at No. 5 overall. Barnes might be a bit of a work […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ