Doerrie: Why Rasmus Sandin Will Benefit From A Marlies Return

On Monday morning, the Maple Leafs Leafs announced that Rasmus Sandin had been loaned to the Marlies. The fresh-faced rookie has played six games with the big club before his demotion, averaging 12:13 in ice-time. That’s about what you’d expect from a kid playing sheltered minutes on the third pairing, especially under a coach known for stapling defensemen he doesn’t trust to the bench.
Before we read far too much into this, the Leafs recalled Kevin Gravel in a corresponding move. It has been well-documented that the Leafs will need to do some camp gymnastics this year to juggle the returns of two lineup regulars. Sandin costs $894,167 on the cap, while Gravel costs $700k — take that for what you will. Not that I think this will end up mattering, but Sandin’s contract can still slide until he plays a total of 10 games.

The Maple Leafs have recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
Defenceman Rasmus Sandin has been loaned to the Marlies.
Details >> https://t.co/glCcwGTUx3 pic.twitter.com/QOEiBfi57R
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 14, 2019

I’d be shocked if Sandin didn’t play more than 10 games this season. He probably should end up …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation

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