RAPTORS SET ROSTER

RAPTORS SET ROSTER FOR OPENING NIGHT

            The Toronto Raptors announced Monday their roster for Wednesday’s regular season opener against the Washington Wizards at Scotiabank Arena at 7:30 p.m. (TSN / Sportsnet 590 The FAN). Toronto returns eight players that finished last season with the team.

            The Raptors played the entire 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida and have not hosted a regular season game in Toronto since Feb. 28, 2020 vs. Charlotte. Only four players — OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet — remain from the team that played the Hornets that night.

The upcoming campaign marks the Raptors’ 27th season in the NBA. This is the 10th straight season and the 21st time in team history Toronto has started the regular season at home. The Raptors sport a 16-10 record in season openers, including 13-7 at home. Wednesday will mark the third time Toronto has opened the season against the Wizards. The two clubs faced off to start the 2002-03 (W 74-68) and 2005-06 (L 99-96) campaigns.

2021-22 TORONTO RAPTORS OPENING NIGHT ROSTER

NO.PLAYERPOSHTWTBIRTHDATEPRIOR TO NBA / HOME COUNTRYNBA EXP.
5Precious AchiuwaF6-82449/19/1999Memphis / Nigeria1
3OG AnunobyF6-72407/17/1997Indiana / England4
45Dalano BantonG6-720311/7/1999Nebraska / CanadaR
4Scottie BarnesG-F6-82258/1/2001Florida State / USAR
24Khem BirchC6-82269/29/1992UNLV / Canada4
17Isaac BongaF6-821311/8/1999Fraport Skyliners (Germany) / Germany3
25Chris BoucherF6-91981/11/1993Oregon / Canada4
11Justin Champagnie*F6-62106/29/2001Pittsburgh / USAR
8Sam DekkerF6-82295/6/1994Wisconsin / USA4
1Goran DragicG6-31905/6/1986Union Olimpija (Slovenia) / Slovenia13
22Malachi FlynnG6-11765/9/1998San Diego State / USA1
13David Johnson*G6-42092/26/2001Louisville / USAR
14Svi MykhailiukG-F6-72216/10/1997Kansas / Ukraine3
43Pascal SiakamF6-82404/2/1994New Mexico State / Cameroon5
33Gary Trent Jr.G6-52051/18/1999Duke / USA3
23Fred VanVleetG6-02002/25/1994Wichita State / USA5
18Yuta WatanabeF6-821410/13/1994George Washington / Japan3
      *Two-way contract player
HEAD COACH: Nick Nurse (Northern Iowa)
ASSISTANT COACHES:
Adrian Griffin (Seton Hall)Trevor Gleeson (Australia)Earl Watson (UCLA)
Nate Bjorkgren (Buena Vista)Jim Sann (Colorado)Nathaniel Mitchell (Cumberlands)
Jon Goodwillie (Brock)Eric Khoury (University of Toronto)John Corbacio (UMass Lowell)
Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky)  
VICE PRESIDENT, PLAYER HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE: Alex McKechnie (Leeds School of Physiotherapy)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Scott McCullough (Toronto)
NUMERICAL ROSTER:
1          Goran Dragic11        Justin Champagnie18        Yuta Watanabe25        Chris Boucher
3          OG Anunoby13        David Johnson22        Malachi Flynn 33        Gary Trent Jr.
4          Scottie Barnes14        Svi Mykhailiuk23        Fred VanVleet43        Pascal Siakam
5          Precious Achiuwa17        Isaac Bonga24        Khem Birch45        Dalano Banton
8          Sam Dekker   
HOW THE TEAM WAS ASSEMBLED:  
DraftTradeFree Agent
2021 – Barnes (1st round)2021 – Achiuwa (August 6)2021 – Mykhailiuk (September 21)
2021 – Banton (2nd round)2021 – Dragic (August 6)2021 – Bonga (August 11)
2021 – Johnson (2nd round)2021 – Trent Jr. (March 25)2021 – Dekker (August 10)
2020 – Flynn (1st round) 2021 – Champagnie (August 7)
2017 – Anunoby (1st round) 2021 – Birch (April 10)
2016 – Siakam (1st round) 2020 – Watanabe (November 30)
  2018 – Boucher (July 20)
  2016 – VanVleet (July 18)
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE:
Precious Achiuwa: ah-CHEW-uhGoran Dragic: GORE-on DROG-ich
OG Anunoby: O G Ann-uh-no-beeMalachi Flynn: MAL-uh-kai
Dalano Banton: duh-LAH-no BAN-tenSvi Mykhailiuk: Svee muh-KAI-luke
Chris Boucher: boo-SHAYPascal Siakam: Pass-CAL See-AHK-am
Justin Champagnie: Sham-PennyYuta Watanabe: YOU-tuh wah-tuh-NAH-bay

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RANGERS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES

Toronto Maple Leafs
2021-22 Matchups vs. New York: First of Three
2020-21 Record vs. New York N/A
Next Game vs. New York: Thursday, Nov. 18 vs. New York
Toronto Season Record: 2-1-0
Toronto Home Record: 2-0-0
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: TSN 1050

October 17, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson recalled on an emergency basis from
the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
October 16, 2021 Alex Bishop signed to a one-game amateur tryout
October 11, 2021 Adam Brooks claimed off waivers by the Montréal Canadiens.
October 10, 2021
Defenceman Alex Biega and forward Kurtis Gabriel have been assigned
to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
October 9, 2021 Forward Kirill Semyonov has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Score: Maple Leafs 3, Ottawa 1
Date: Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021
TOR Goals: Simmonds, Kerfoot, Bunting
OTT Goals: Norris
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 20-21, .952%
OTT Goaltender: Forsberg, 26-29, .897%
TOR Power Play: 1/2
OTT Power Play: 0/3
Date: Friday, Oct. 22, 6:00 p.m.
Opponent: vs. San Jose Sharks
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV); Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
INJURIES
Petr Mrázek Groin
Ilya Mikheyev Thumb
Man Games Lost: 4
FAST FACTS
First Matchup between Clubs: Nov. 20, 1926 (Toronto 1 vs. New York 5)
All-Time Record: 288-223-95-11 (617 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 168-94-39-6 (307 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 120-129-56-5 (310 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home: December 22, 2018 (Toronto 5, New York 3)
Record in Last Five Games: 1-2-2
Record in Last 10 Games: 5-2-3
Games Played: John Tavares (49), Jason Spezza (45), Wayne Simmonds (42)
Goals: John Tavares (15), Jason Spezza (13), Wayne Simmonds (13)
Assists: John Tavares (29), Jason Spezza (22), Wayne Simmonds (11)
Points: John Tavares (44), Jason Spezza (35), Wayne Simmonds (24)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (76), John Tavares (46), Jason Spezza (24)
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .667 2.33 1.67 27.3% 80.0% 35.7 29.7 59.0%
NHL Rank 14th-T 22nd-T 7th 15th 12th-T 8th 19th 2nd
Power Play: 3/11 (27.3%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 1 (Engvall, Spezza, Nylander)
Power Play Point Leader: 2 (Spezza, Nylander)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
Penalty Kill: 8/10 (80.0%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: N/A
Shorthanded Point Leader: N/A
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 31/144 (78.5%)
Monday games 1 of 7 (3 home, 4 road)
Back-to-Backs played 1 of 13
Record in first game of Back-to-Back 1-0-0
Record in second game of Back-to-Back 0-1-0
October games 4th of 9 (5 home, 4 road)
RECENT MILESTONES


TRAVIS DERMOTT Skated in his 200th career NHL game on Apr. 24 at WPG.
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Skated in his 100th game as a Maple Leaf on Mar. 29 vs. EDM.
MITCH MARNER Scored his 100th career NHL goal on Apr. 24 at WPG.
AUSTON MATTHEWS Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Feb. 20 at MTL.
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 300th NHL point with a goal on Feb. 8 vs. VAN, tying Charlie
Conacher to become the second-fastest Maple Leaf to reach the mark at
294 games.
JAKE MUZZIN Skated in his 600th NHL game on March 1 at EDM.INJURIE
WILLIAM NYLANDER Scored his 100th career NHL goal on Apr. 18 at VAN.
MORGAN RIELLY
Recorded his 300th NHL point with an assist on Apr. 13 vs. CGY to
become the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with
the club.
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL games played, Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JOHN TAVARES Skated in his 200th game as a Maple Leaf on May 12 at OTT.
JOHN TAVARES Registered his 100th assist as a Maple Leaf on April 18 at VAN.
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 800th career NHL point on April 5 at CGY.

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ BRODIE 7 games away from 700 career NHL games played
TJ BRODIE 1 goal away from 50 career NHL goals
JACK CAMPBELL 8 wins away from 50 career NHL wins
TRAVIS DERMOTT Two points away from 50 career NHL points
PIERRE ENGVALL 7 games away from 100 career NHL games played
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE Seven goals away from 50 career NHL goals
ONDREJ KAŠE Three points away from 100 career NHL points
DAVID KÄMPF Nine assists away from 50 career NHL assists
AUSTON MATTHEWS One goal away from 200 career NHL goals
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
MORGAN RIELLY Two assists away from 250 career NHL assists