Two Leafs prospects make Sweden’s World Championship roster

We’ll file this one under things that give us hope. Two of the Leafs top overseas prospects, Pontus Holmberg, and Filip Hållander have been selected to represent Sweden in the World Hockey Championship tournament. (You know, that thing we used to watch all the time before the Leafs started giving us brief playoff appearances.)
Holmberg is coming off an incredible playoff run that saw him named MVP of the playoffs. It makes a lot of sense that he was selected given his 7 goals and 14 points in the 14 games played. His regular season was a bit more underwhelming, but still solid for a young SHL player as he had 9 goals and 23 points in 45 games.
Obviously the playoffs didn’t go as well for Hållander, as he had 3 points in 7 games, but he had a modestly better regular season with 13 goals and 24 points in 51 games. He’s also a couple years younger than Holmberg (Hållander is 20, Holmberg 22). It is also much more likely that Hallander will be the player we see in North America next year, though getting both would be a treat.
The two current Leafs prospects will play on Sweden with some former Leafs in Viktor …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Sandin reportedly out several weeks after blocking a shot

I guess we can file this one under things that certainly aren’t ideal.

It sounds like Rasmus Sandin’s foot injury will sideline him for several weeks. He got hurt blocking a shot during the Toronto Marlies season opener in Winnipeg on Monday night.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 17, 2021

After Greg Moore had initially stated that Sandin would be listed as day to day, the diagnosis has taken a turn for the worse, and Sandin could miss a sizeable portion of this condensed AHL season. That would mean that since last March, one of the Leafs prospects has played five minutes in the NHL, and one game in AHL. Again, that’s not ideal for him or the Leafs.
As far as the Leafs depth situation, with Lehtonen, Marincin, Liljegren, and Rosen all capable of stepping up and the Marlies being deep enough on defense that they trade David Warsofsky and were dressing Joseph Duszak as a forward, the immediate team worries aren’t significant. It’s more the long term picture that needs to be considered, especially since it seemed that Rasmus Sandin was going to be a likely member of the Leafs defensive group next season.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation