Sports: Damien Cox: Rasmus Sandin demotion is a sign the Maple Leafs have learned from the past - - PressFrom - Canada
  •   
  •   
  •   

Sports Damien Cox: Rasmus Sandin demotion is a sign the Maple Leafs have learned from the past

01:35  15 october  2019
01:35  15 october  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Rookie defenceman Timothy Liljegren a surprise addition to Leafs’ 23-man roster

  Rookie defenceman Timothy Liljegren a surprise addition to Leafs’ 23-man roster Rookie defenceman Timothy Liljegren a surprise addition to Leafs’ 23-man rosterBut there was another rookie, blueliner Timothy Liljegren, who made the cut among the eight defencemen, 13 forwards and two goaltenders on the 23-man roster.

Rasmus Sandin (born 7 March 2000) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL)

Eliteprospects.com hockey player profile of Rasmus Sandin , 2000-03-07 Uppsala, SWE Sweden. Most recently in the NHL with Toronto Maple Leafs . Complete player biography and stats.

a hockey game in the snow: Rasmus Sandin, centre, still has some work to do in learning to protect the front of the net.© Mark Blinch Rasmus Sandin, centre, still has some work to do in learning to protect the front of the net.

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Rasmus Sandin will be back with the Maple Leafs, and when he returns, it will probably be to stay.

That matters more than what happened on Monday when he was returned to the American Hockey League.

That he began to show last week that he wasn’t quite ready for the big time yet, well, few 19-year-old defenceman are, even these days when kids rule the NHL. Sending him to work some more with the Marlies and Sheldon Keefe will only make him better, assuming he takes this demotion in stride.

Damien Cox: Kyle Dubas and the Maple Leafs seem to have a small point to make as they turn their back on tradition

  Damien Cox: Kyle Dubas and the Maple Leafs seem to have a small point to make as they turn their back on tradition Damien Cox: Kyle Dubas and the Maple Leafs seem to have a small point to make as they turn their back on traditionIf Kyle Dubas was an elected official, you certainly wouldn’t be able to accuse him of pandering to the electorate in order to keep his job.

The Leafs signed their 2018 first round pick Rasmus Sandin to his three year, entry level contract. Sandin was picked 29th overall after the Leafs traded down from their 25th pick. Their was a bit of criticism with the pick, as Joe Veleno was still on the board, but Sandin is no slouch either, as the left

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Rasmus Sandin . (Graham Hughes/CP). In Sandin ’s case, however, the missed games have been a blessing in disguise. Had he been at full health The lifters of the past four Cups, we’ll remind you, needed starts from both their netminders to reach the summit.

It’s not like he was failing badly at the NHL level, or failing at all. The analytics on his game weren’t bad. There are simply areas of the game where he’s not as efficient as others, and they were starting to show up. Body position. Puck battles. Defending the front of his own crease.

With only 132 games of North American experience before this season, and less than half of that at the pro level, this should not come as a surprise. The fact that he still showed impressive poise over the course of six NHL games this month caught everyone’s eye.

Sadly, another egregious whiff by the NHL’s mediocre officiating staff probably accelerated Sandin’s demotion. How the refereeing tandem of Peter MacDougall and Francis Charron missed an obvious head shot by Justin Abdelkader on Sandin on Saturday night is hard to comprehend. Sheer incompetence, really, given that the six-foot-two Abdelkader launched himself upwards at the five-foot-10 Sandin and drove his left elbow into the defenceman’s jaw.

Rosie DiManno: The unflappable Rasmus Sandin passes his first test on the Leafs’ blue-line

  Rosie DiManno: The unflappable Rasmus Sandin passes his first test on the Leafs’ blue-line Rosie DiManno: The unflappable Rasmus Sandin passes his first test on the Leafs’ blue-lineA nosh, a nap, a walk to the rink. Just as if it were any other old day in the life of a really young man.

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas spoke with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman about trading down at this year’s draft. Learn more. You're viewing YouTube in Russian. You can change this preference below. Dubas also touched on the attributes that made the team draft Rasmus

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed defenceman Rasmus Sandin to a three-year Sandin participated in the team's development camp at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto this past June. The Maple Leafs and mapleleafs .com are trademarks of MLSE.

Leafs management, which chooses not to carry a designated enforcer, probably saw Sandin sitting on the bench with blood streaming down his face and decided then and there they needed to take steps to protect their young defenceman, given that the NHL and its referees won’t.

The good news for the Leafs and for Toronto fans, meanwhile, is that this situation really has little in common with similar past situations involving young defencemen, many of which were fumbled by the franchise and created the reputation of a team that really didn’t know how to develop young talent and too often rushed young blueliners.

That list, of course, is long. Gary Nyland. Al Iafrate. Todd Gill. Luke Richardson. Drake Berehowsky. Jeff Ware. Kenny Jonsson. But the Leafs organization has changed drastically over the past decade in terms of handling its younger players. They may not always make it, but it’s generally not because they were elevated too quickly to the NHL.

Maple Leafs place Kalle Kossila on waivers

  Maple Leafs place Kalle Kossila on waivers This is likely good news, implying he’s fully healthy now.Gemel Smith (TB) cleared from yesterday.

First-round pick Rasmus Sandin has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs . The Leafs picked the 18-year-old Swedish Sandin had 12 goals and 33 assists in the regular season with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2017-18. He added one goal and 12 assists in

The Toronto Maple Leaf ’s first-round draft pic, Rasmus Sandin , was at the The Maple Leafs ’ first-round pick, 29th overall, in last Saturday’s NHL draft joined 45 other players at the A second-round pick in 2016, he spent the 2016-17 season with Frolunda in the SHL, signed a three-year, entry-level

The only thing Sandin has in common with those aforementioned players is that he was a first-round draft pick. But, at 29th overall, he was a much lower selection. Indeed, when all those other Leaf defencemen were drafted, No. 29 would have been a second-round pick.

So really, Sandin has overachieved by getting to the NHL ahead of schedule, just 16 months after he became Leaf property. He has already leapfrogged Timothy Liljegren, who was drafted one year earlier and taken much earlier.

So the news is generally good, particularly when you consider only 11 of the 31 members of the first-round draft class of 2018 have played NHL games and Sandin is one of them.

But all of that doesn’t really matter. Whether Sandin is an NHLer at all for the rest of the 2019-20 season doesn’t matter. The objective for the Leafs has to be to have him ready to be an NHL regular next season, because they’re going to need him.

Only Morgan Rielly is signed beyond this season. Of the other key blueliners, as of this moment only resigning Jake Muzzin seems a priority, and that’s largely because he’s such a different type of defenceman than the rest. Muzzin seems more at home with the Leafs this season, and he’s pretty much the only player left on the entire roster who plays with any kind of physical edge.

Leafs are dealing with the usual suspects as they come out of first slump

  Leafs are dealing with the usual suspects as they come out of first slump The Toronto Maple Leafs might not have matched their high expectations over the first six games of the season, but they’re not that far off. The Leafs have overcome their first performance hurdle, ending a three-game winless streak Saturday night with solid goaltending and heroics from the forwards who make up their bottom six. If the Leafs can get their top six in order, and play with greater consistency in their own zone, they’ll be a force to reckon with in the East again. But there’s still work to do.

If Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin are any indication, it’s getting a lot easier to be a first-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs these days. Dave Feschuk: For Maple Leafs ’ defensive corps, confidence is king. Damien Cox : Leafs ’ philosophy for success — invest in forwards and not defence.

Damien Cox (born August 23, 1961 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Cox also writes for Sportsnet.ca on hockey. He has covered the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs as a Cox has worked extensively in radio and television in the past two decades, and was a

Beyond that, the next two unrestricted free agent defenders in line would be Cody Ceci and Tyson Barrie. It’s too early to make any decisions on either, but Barrie’s going to be more expensive. Given the Leafs’ cap situation, it seems less likely the team will be able to afford him.

So Barrie’s skates are the skates, theoretically, Sandin is going to have to be ready to fill next fall. That’s a big ask, given that Barrie has established himself as a 55-60 point defenceman at the NHL level.

Any decisions Kyle Dubas makes with Sandin, then, have to be based on how they impact Sandin’s ability to be in the position to replace Barrie for the start of 2020-21.

As long as the Leafs choose to have Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares on the roster chewing up more than $40 million (U.S.) of cap space, these are the kinds of projections Dubas and Co. are going to have to make. For example, either one or both of young goalies Joseph Woll and Ian Scott need to be ready to make the jump to the NHL two years from now, when Frederik Andersen will be and unrestricted free agent and likely much more expensive than his current $5 million cap hit.

Sandin, despite being demoted, has given Dubas evidence he’ll be ready for next fall, particularly if he can be loaded down with big minutes and lots of special teams responsibility this year in the AHL.

The Leafs used to play these kinds of situations wrong. Now, more often than not, they get it right.

Damien Cox is a former Star sports reporter who is a current freelance contributing columnist based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @DamoSpin

Leafs’ Sandin disappointed by demotion: ‘I’ll be back up there soon’ .
If Rasmus Sandin was still feeling low after getting his taste of the high life with the Toronto Maple Leafs cut short, he wasn’t showing it Wednesday. The post How Bryan Little’s absence has hurt Adam Lowry and the Jets’ team defence appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.But if Rasmus Sandin was still feeling low after getting his taste of the high life with the Toronto Maple Leafs cut short, he wasn’t showing it Wednesday.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 19
This is interesting!