Any time a 19-year-old cracks an NHL roster out of training camp, there’s a reason for excitement.
For the Maple Leafs Leafs organization, this excitement has been brewing for some time. Kyle Dubas seized the opportunity to move down in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and still get his guy, dropping four spots to take Rasmus Sandin at 29th overall. The Leafs then signed Sandin to an Entry-Level Contract in July of that year, and he proceeded to play with the Marlies the following season.
Since then, young Rasmus has been winning the hearts of head coaches everywhere he goes. Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe said “there’s a poise and confidence well beyond his years”. Sandin earned a big role for himself at the World Juniors that year, too, before ultimately leaving the tournament with an injury. This year, he earned praise from Mike Babcock, who noted he couldn’t get Sandin to play poorly no matter what situation he put him in.
Should Sandin’s demotion put an end to the excitement? No.
Sandin’s chance at making the team full time ultimately succumbed to factors outside of his control. First, there was a lot of …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation