Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam confirms Nick Nurse beef is over

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam confirms Nick Nurse beef is over

The Toronto Raptors looked like a very disjointed team last season, as playing an entire stretch of home games away from Scotiabank Arena might make it more difficult to get any sort of momentum going. Even Pascal Siakam and Nick Nurse, an All-NBA player and Coach of the Year who both have championship rings, got […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #18 David Kampf

David Kampf might be the least hyped Toronto Maple Leaf addition I’ve ever seen in my time as a Leafs fan. Not that he should be hyped, but with every signing and trade throughout the year, there’s always a few fans that are super excited of them, whether it’s the Kurtis Gabriels or Cody Cecis getting hyped by the anti-analytics crowd, or even Travis Boyd, who at least had some good underlying numbers so there was some intrigue with him.
This also showed in his rankings, as no one ranked him higher than 16, which is kind of low for someone who might be slotted on the third line, and only one person didn’t have him ranked. He rounds out at 18, where we continue the countdown.
Five Interesting Stats
5v5 CF% Rel
5v5 xGF% Rel
5v5 CF% Rel w/o Kane
5v5 xGF% Rel w/o Kane
Sh%
3.16%
1.66%
4.83%
4.18%
1.6%
Part of the reason there isn’t a ton of hype behind Kampf is that there isn’t really a whole lot he does. His point totals are underwhelming, his basic underlying numbers don’t do a whole lot. That said, he did play for the team that ranked …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: ESPN predicts Toronto will somehow regress in 2021

Raptors: ESPN predicts Toronto will somehow regress in 2021

The Toronto Raptors have been many things over the years, but “media darlings” is rarely a tag that gets applied to this franchise. Once again, the Raptors will have an avalanche of doubters to overcome, though they have more ammo with which to assail them than they did in prior seasons. The Raptors lost franchise […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Breaking down the Maple Leafs rookie tournament roster

With development camp all wrapped up, the Toronto Maple Leafs officially announced their roster for the upcoming Traverse City rookie tournament, which begins Thursday.
The 39 man development camp roster was cut down to 28 players, with just one player not at development camp being added to the rookie tournament roster in Marlies signing Matt Hellickson.

Our 2021 Prospect Tournament roster has been announced.
Details » https://t.co/LValXl4oAD#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/MMmQgxvIRi
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 14, 2021

Let’s begin with the players that attended development camp that won’t be going to Traverse City with the Leafs.

Player
League
Landon Cato
OHL
Ryan Del Monte
OHL
Christian Fitzgerald
USHL
Taylor Gauthier
WHL
Jacob Guevin
USHL
Lukas Gustafsson
USHL
Braden Holt
WHL
Filip Kral
AHL
Francesco Lapenna
QMJHL
Joe Miller
USHL
Ethan Peters
WHL
Theo Rochette
QMJHL
Sam Sedley
OHL
Lawson Sherk
OHL
Of this group, just two were not invites and are prospects affiliated with the Leafs. Filip Kral suffered a rib injury at development camp, while Joe Miller is returning to Chicago ahead of the USHL season which begins next week.
Given the USHL were sent back to their club teams due to the start of the season …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #19 Wayne Simmonds

Wayne Simmonds always seemed to be the dream Toronto Maple Leaf for a lot of fans, especially in his 30 goal power forward days from the early 2010s. Of course, when he finally joined the Leafs last season, he was not that player anymore, but fans were still excited for him to finally wear the blue and white.
Simmonds ranking was relatively consistent among our contributors, going as high as 16, and two people not even ranking him, so it seems after a solid first season with the Leafs, expectations have been tempered.
Five Interesting Stats
5v5 CF%
5v5 xGF%
Sh%
PP TOI
PP P/60
53.62
55.35
11.3
68:07
2.64
One of the biggest surprises of Wayne Simmonds’ 2020-21 season was his effectiveness at driving play. In his three year’s prior to last year, he was significantly worse with a 46.68% 5v5 CF% and a 47.77% 5v5 xGF%, so there was some question as to whether or not he’d be an anchor for a line. His most common linemate was Ilya Mikheyev, so it’s not like he was carried, but at the very least, he wasn’t a drag regardless of where he played in the lineup.
He also surprised fans with a bit of his …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: G League star Paul Watson should succeed in OKC

Toronto Raptors: G League star Paul Watson should succeed in OKC

The Toronto Raptors called upon the services of many unheralded players during their 2020-21 campaign, but one of the more encouraging performances came from a sharpshooting guard in Paul Watson Jr. that established himself as a Raptors 905 sensation the season prior. Watson averaged 19.0 points and 6.5 rebounds on 49% shooting and 43% from […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Best trade in team history with New York Knicks

Toronto Raptors: Best trade in team history with New York Knicks

The Toronto Raptors didn’t have a ton of postseason success in the pre-Masai Ujiri era, and that meant that they were often joined in the basement of the Atlantic Division by the New York Knicks, who have spent plenty of time wallowing in James Dolan-created muck. While the two have never had the most vitriolic […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is on schedule to return for opening night

About a month ago, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews underwent successful wrist surgery after dealing with a nagging injury throughout the season. It’s honestly crazy that Matthews was playing with basically one wrist at points of last season and still ended up leading the NHL in goals with 41 and ultimately winning his first Rocket Richard. In all seriousness, we’re all glad he got the surgery to help his wrist because clearly, it was bothering him at points last season when he sat out multiple games at once and it also affected his playoff performance as well.
It’s being reported by Luke Fox of Sportsnet that the Maple Leafs forward sat down for a recording with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek for their newest 31 Thoughts podcast episode that is releasing in the near future and he explained that he is well on track to return by opening night to face the Montreal Canadiens.
 

Auston Matthews’ left wrist is on track to be operational for Opening Night with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ star saying he’s “definitely not worried about it” during a recording of the 31 Thoughts podcast. (By @lukefoxjukebox) https://t.co/XUzT2bQ2tZ
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 13, 2021



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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 players under the most pressure in 2021-22

Toronto Raptors: 3 players under the most pressure in 2021-22

The Toronto Raptors closed the book on the Kyle Lowry era, ushering in a new, exciting age led by Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, and Pascal Siakam. The Raptors are leaning on a new batch of stars that could fit Masai Ujiri’s plan for a team built on defense, versatility, and hustle. The 2021-22 season, which […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: What does a successful 2021 for Goran Dragic look like?

Raptors: What does a successful 2021 for Goran Dragic look like?

The Toronto Raptors acquired point guard Goran Dragic as part of the deal that sent Kyle Lowry back to Miami following his legendary Canadian career. Purely on paper, it looked like Dragic, who averaged 13.4 points per game last year despite his advanced age, could be the bench scorer that this team needs. In practice, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ