It’s official. The Leafs are paying Rasmus Sandin. He’s into his rookie season, and we can safely say that he’s been anointed the new hope of the Leafs blueline. That’s all well and good. I just worry that by sending him back down to Marlies the Leafs have hurt his chances on passing Makar and Hughes in the Calder race.
Given that Sandin is here to stay, and arguments are already being made for him as 1) A permanent defenseman. 2) A top four defenseman. 3) The Leafs best defenseman. I thought lets quickly look at some of his numbers to date.
So some interesting shifts in the numbers, the incredibly small numbers, but numbers nevertheless. Under Keefe, Sandin has had more ice time and given the number of goals we’ve seen compared to what he had under Babcock, he is certainly less sheltered.
We’ve seen significant improvements in regards to expected goals as well, and Sandin still carries a positive shot attempt differential as well, despite it dipping now …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation