Maple Leafs prospect Rasmus Sandin thinks Timothy Liljegren ready for NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs defence prospect Rasmus Sandin says he thinks his friend and teammate Timothy Liljegren is ready to make the jump to the NHL. The post Sportsnet’s 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings: January appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Sandin, currently with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, says some good performances of late from Liljegren have him on the cusp of being a full-timer with the NHL club.
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The— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) have recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the (AHL).
Timothy Liljegren has joined partner Rasmus Sandin on the Leafs roster ahead of tonight’s game vs the New Jersey Devils. Will either of them play?
Why not both?
Liljegren, too old this year for the WJC, was left behind when Rasmus Sandin went off for a month over Christmas only to come home with only a bronze medal. Liljegren didn’t just sit around. He’s on a scoring streak, anchored the top pair for the Marlies without Sandin, and has been impressing everyone lately.
Maple Leafs recall two defenders ahead of their roadtrip
I don’t think they’re allowed to play two at once to replace Jake Muzzin, though.The @MapleLeafs have recalled defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Teemu Kivihalme from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). pic.twitter.
Maybe the Leafs would call up Liljegren and it would prove to be too early. If that’s the case, they can always send him back. Some people will say that Liljegren is not ready, but the fact is, he might be. It’s easy to play it safe and slough off the idea of taking a risk, but in this situation the risk is minimal
Timothy Liljegren speaks with members of the media at Leafs Development Camp on Friday afternoon.
He’s still just a young player, only one year older than Sandin, and the two of them do Stupid Rookie Things™ sometimes. But the rest of the time... This might just be a case of the benefit outweighing the risk of playing talent this raw right in the NHL.
Check out Hardev’s recap of the latest Marlies action for more details.
The Marlies are still in Texas and play San Antonio again on Thursday. In the meantime, the Leafs should take the opportunity to see both of these players in game action as much as possible over the next three games before their bye week.
Liljegren’s contract cannot slide this year, no matter how much he plays in the NHL. And there’s so many high-cap-hit players on LTIR, we just don’t even need to talk about that right now.
We’ll update you when we know what the playing roster decisions are for tonight’s game.
Tavares has three points, Sandin adds two assists as Maple Leafs beat Devils .
TORONTO — Auston Matthews, with his first hat trick since bagging four in his NHL debut in October 2016, led an injury-hit Toronto as the Maple Leafs beat the New Jersey Devils 7-4 on Tuesday. John Tavares scored as part of a three-point night and Rasmus Sandin had two assists in his first game since getting called up from the minors to help reinforce the Maple Leafs' depleted defensive corps. William Nylander and Zach Hyman, with a goal and an assist each, and Frederik Gauthier provided the rest of the offence for Toronto (25-16-6), which entered winless over its last three following Sunday's ugly 8-4 road loss to the Florida Panthers.