1 concerning takeaway from Raptors’ humiliating loss to Pelicans

1 concerning takeaway from Raptors’ humiliating loss to Pelicans

Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors went into their matchup against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans with their health intact and a two-game winning streak in their back pocket. With Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum both injured, it wouldn’t be outrageous to expect a victory from the Canadian side. While Siakam got the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors fans, NBA Twitter react to dominant Pascal Siakam return

Raptors fans, NBA Twitter react to dominant Pascal Siakam return

The Toronto Raptors went 5-5 in their past 10 games, but that was due to the absence of Pascal Siakam. His groin injury kept him out for the better part of three weeks, though that exile finally ended in a Monday night showdown against a very good Cleveland Cavaliers team. Siakam was not eased back […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 stud and 1 dud as depleted Raptors get flattened by Nets

1 stud and 1 dud as depleted Raptors get flattened by Nets

Thad Young and the Toronto Raptors went into the season expecting names like Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, and Fred VanVleet to lead them to the promised land. In their second matchup of the season against Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, none of them were active. Toronto was missing six rotation players in this game. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Chris Boucher proved he is Raptors’ Sixth Man in Spurs blowout

Chris Boucher proved he is Raptors’ Sixth Man in Spurs blowout

The Toronto Raptors went into the offseason well aware of the fact that Chris Boucher was one of the few bench players from the prior year’s squad that can be counted on to pile up points in tense situations. That was the motivation behind getting a deal done so quickly. Boucher signed a three-year, $35 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs add Jordie Benn and Victor Mete as defensive depth

Kyle Dubas stayed true to his word and went out and added some defensive depth today in the form of Benn and Mete. The contracts are expected to be in the one year, $750k range and we’ll update that when confirmed by the Leafs.
These are two buriable contracts, and we can fully expect that the Leafs may do that at least with Mete, but let’s discuss the players a little before we send them down to the Marlies.
Jordie Benn is 6’2 and absolutely the physical presence that Kyle Dubas was talking about acquiring for the blueline. He’s a left shot rather than a righty, but the options seem to be absolutely absent in free agency when it comes to right shot physical presence, outside of possibly PK Subban.
Benn’s numbers:
Season
Team
GP
G
PTS
PIM
ATOI
BLK
HIT
2018-19
MTL
81
5
22
39
18:12
128
124
2019-20
VAN
44
1
7
17
16:17
62
45
2020-21
VAN/WPG
39
1
10
9
14:45
51
19
2021-22
MIN
39
1
8
10
14:59
41
51

So yeah, it’s all about the hitting and the depth aspect when it comes to the Benn acquisition. The Leafs struggled as they looked down their lineup last year and Benn seems like a better option than players like Biega and Dahlstrom were, so there’s that.
As for Victor Mete, he’s got age on his side at being just 24 years of age, and it might not hurt to take a look at him. Like Benn, Mete is a left shoot, and doesn’t really address the right side needs of the Leafs, but fits from a depth perspective. Figuring out where he really fits in from a defensive archetype standpoint is probably part of the reason he’s struggled, but if the Leafs are looking at him not as a day one Leaf, but a project to tackle throughout the year, the move makes sense.
Season
Team
GP
G
PTS
PIM
ATOI
BLK
HIT
2019-20
MTL
51
4
11
20
16:00
60
20
2020-21
MTL/OTT
28
1
5
8
15:48
35
19
2021-22
OTT
37
0
7
4
14:37
38
13

There really isn’t a whole lot pointing to why Mete makes sense, beyond adding to the Marlies. With the Leafs being light on callup options, Mete will still likely get some t …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What do the Toronto Maple Leafs have in Fraser Minten?

As the Toronto Maple Leafs went on the clock at 38th overall last Friday, anticipation was high to see who the newest prospect added to the system would be. When the pick was announced to be WHL centre Fraser Minten, that anticipation turned into a slightly underwhelming reaction.
Minten was a prospect that wasn’t particularly on my radar, often landing in the late second to the early third round on public rankings. As the Maple Leafs didn’t have a pick in this range, I honed in on other prospects ranked closer to their original selection at 25th overall and a bit later in the third round.

Minten was a reach in this spot relative to public rankings, landing in the 74th slot on the consolidated board, but was taken only slightly ahead of where Bob McKenzie had him on his list.
At first glance, Minten comes across as a “safe” pick that fills an organizational need, a player that projects as a defensively responsible bottom-six centre with limited upside beyond that.
Digging into the numbers and watching some of his tape, however, reveals a prospect that has a solid base of tools to build upon that could have untapped higher potential, a sentiment that is clearly shared by the Maple Leafs in selecting Minten in the top 40 and through comments from GM Kyle Dubas following the draft.
The Numbers
Minten is regarded as a responsible, two-way centre, and that checks out in the data available through Pick 224.

Playing on a strong Kamloops team, Minten still managed to carve out a role as a middle-six centre and post positive results relative to his team. When Minten was on the ice at even strength, Kamloops scored 63.9 per cent of the goals, 2.4 per cent better than when he was off the ice.
Among draft-eligible players in the WHL that played more than 13 minutes per game, only first-round picks Matt Savoie, Conor G …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation