The GIST’s Quote of the Week
“I’m just drinking alcohol and eating desserts all the time.”
—Kawhi Leonard shares his post-NBA Finals diet plans with Serge Ibaka in this perfect candid video.
Welcome to the week of fresh faces
The GIST: The NHL and NBA have both crowned their champions, so it’s time to look ahead to next season (both start in October) and the rookie talent that will find teams to call home this week. Here’s #thegist on what you need to know for this week’s Draft Days.
What exactly is an entry draft?: An entry draft is when teams, in a predetermined order, take turns choosing young, up-and-coming players to add to their roster.
Teams often have entire departments dedicated to scouting new talent, and there’s a lot of strategy involved in picking the best player available while also filling the team’s needs (e.g., some teams desperately need a goalie, while some need a star centreman).
Got it! So which draft is first?:The NBA’s is tonight in New York City at 7 p.m. ET.
The New Orleans Pelicans will pick first, followed by the Memphis Grizzlies and then the New York Knicks. Get the full deets on the draft here.
Duke University’s Zion Williamson is the consensus best available player, meaning all signs point to him becoming a Pelican. The team also just rounded out their roster with the talents of Lonzo Ball (and his ridiculous family) and Brandon Ingram, thanks to a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. Money movesthat would make Cardi proud.
Where do the Raptors pick?:The Raps' only pick is second-to-last, No. 59 in the second round.
They don’t have a first-round pick because they traded it to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard deal last year. We feel pretty okay about that though, don’t you?
What about the NHL?:Thedraft beginswith the first round on Friday at 8 p.m. ET and continues at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday for rounds 2 to 7, all in Vancouver.
The New Jersey Devils have the first overall pick, followed by the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.
We’re not expecting any big surprises off the top, as American Jack Hughes and Finnish Kaapo Kakko (pronounced CAP-OH CAK-OH) will likely go one and two. But the Blackhawks’ pick is a bit of a wild card.
Where do the Ottawa Senators pick?: The Sens will pick 19th overall in the first round, a pick they snagged from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of theMatt Duchene tradein February. Not too shabby.
Anything else?:This isn’t draft related, but we just had to share star defenceman Jacob Trouba’s response to being traded by the Winnipeg Jets to the New York Rangers.
Trouba’s fiancée is studying to become a doctor in America, and he told reporters: “Her career is just as important as my career, so this is a pretty good situation for both of us.” More refreshing takes like this, please.
One last thing:The NHL Awards were held last night in Las Vegas and in this case, what happens in Vegas certainly doesn’t stay in Vegas.
Two Canadian teams picked up awards. Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano won the Norris Trophy for best defenceman and Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson won the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year.
But the most memorable moment of the night had to be when New York Islander Robin Lehner won the Bill Masterson Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey. Earlier this year, Lehner shared his struggles with addiction and mental health, and last night he told the crowd: “I’m not ashamed to say I’m mentally ill, but that doesn't mean I’m mentally weak.” Just wow.
Gettin' kicky with it
knockout stage kicks off on Saturday.
Who’s in?: The top two teams in each Group move on, along with the four best third-place teams overall. It’s the end of the World Cup road for the other 14 teams. Au revoir!
Also moving on so far are: France, Norway, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, England, Japan, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Sweden.
The goal also made the 33-year-old the first player to score at five (!!!) different World Cups. BUT, and this is a big but, Marta has never won a World Cup; her best finish was in 2007 when Brazil placed second. So very close, yet so very far.
And some heartbreak: Let us set the stage. On Wednesday, Scotland scored three straight goals against Argentina to lead 3–0 with less than 20 minutes remaining. Seemed like they were poised for the win, right? Well...
Wrong. In dramatic fashion, Argentina scored two goals and was awarded a penalty kick in stoppage time (in soccer, the clock never stops running, so the referee adds extra minutes of playing time at the end of each half to make up for delays in the game), which the Scotland goaltender SAVED. But a review controversially decided the goalie moved off the line before the ball was struck (a soccer no-no).
So Argentina was given a second chance at the penalty shot and scored to eliminate Scotland from the tournament. A heartbreaking turn of events? Yes. But all Scottish eyes were on women’s soccer yesterday, and that, at the very least, is a huge win.
The Raptors go marching in
The GIST: The NBA season is over, but we’re definitely not over talking about the Raptors, and apparently neither is anyone else.
A celebration for the ages: Monday’s parade saw over 2 million people (more than Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration) cram themselves into downtown Toronto to catch a glimpse of our Raps.
But the day ended in panic as gunfire sent fans scrambling and four people were shot. Fortunately, the injuries weren’t life-threatening, arrests were quickly made and stories of acts of kindness have flooded the internet since the incident. The best case of a very, very scary situation.
What’s Up This Week?
Today: Canada plays a super important Women’s World Cup game against the Netherlands at 12 p.m. ET. Sign up here to get #thegist on the match one hour before kick-off straight to your inbox.
Today: Is also the home opener for the Ottawa REDBLACKS! And to celebrate, we are so excited to announce a 2019 season partnership with the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group (OSEG), aka the owners of the Ottawa REDBLACKS (CFL), Ottawa Fury FC (USL) and Ottawa 67’s (OHL)!
This means we’ll be providing content to keep you in the know on all things REDBLACKS and Fury this summer, including fun interviews with players and special contests and prizes.
Anyone want/need a refresher on what the team’s been up to in the offseason? Get started with our guide to the CFL & Ottawa Redblacks here.
Thursday–Wednesday: The Toronto Blue Jays play every day until June 26th, though their 26-47 record (wins, losses) leaves something to be desired as trade rumours continue to swirl around star pitcher Marcus Stroman. Welp.
Friday: The Ottawa Senators are hosting a Draft Party at the Royal Oak. Watch the Sens pick up some new prospects with the Sens Army! Get more info on the event here.
Saturday: The Women’s World Cup moves on to the knockout stage, get full schedule details here as they become available.