D - Washington Capitals
Rasmus Sandin was able to find the back of the net for the Maple Leafs Tuesday night, scoring one goal in a 4-0 win over the Stars.
Sandin has been nearly non-existent in the offensive zone early in the season, posting points in four of his last nine games for the Maple Leafs (two goals, three assists). The 22-year-old blueliner is part of an intriguing defense corps that has put more of an emphasis on being more of an asset in the defensive zone at the expense of more time in the offensive zone, scoring two goals and adding seven assists for just nine points in 27 games so far this season.
Rasmus Sandin buried a power play goal 13:20 into the second period to give Toronto a 3-1 lead over Montreal.
This was Sandin's first career post season goal.
Rasmus Sandin dished out the secondary helper on Auston Matthews' eventual game-winning tally midway through the third period.
This was Sandin's first game of play for the season. He will look to become a more integral member of Toronto's squad in the future.
In the Toronto Maple Leafs second last game of the preseason, Rasmus Sandin played a team-high 30:35 in a 4-3 win over Detroit. When asked about the 19-year-old defenceman's progression, Toronto's head coach Mike Babcock noted that "he seems to be ready."
The Leafs clearly wanted another long look at their top prospect, and it seems like he passed that test. It remains to be seen whether the Leafs would prefer Sandin in a bigger role in the AHL, but after trimming down the roster to nine defenceman, Sandin certainly has a chance to earn a roster spot. Should Sandin make the club, it's unlikely he will have a fantasy relevant role barring an injury to Morgan Rielly and/or Tyson Barrie. Sandin has two assists in four preseason games.
Maple Leafs 18-year-old defenseman Rasmus Sandin was assigned to the AHL Toronto Marlies on Wednesday.
Sandin, dubbed "Sandman" by Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, was selected by Toronto with the 29th overall pick in the NHL Draft this summer. Sandin drew praise throughout training camp, but needs more grooming before he can claim a spot on the parent club. Despite his lack of fantasy relevance in 2018-19, he's certainly worth keeping an eye on down the road.