Rasmus Sandin was recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday after Morgan Rielly went down with a fractured foot. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old rookie made his presence felt each on the ice and on the scoresheet in his workforce’s 7-Four victory over the Devils. Whereas each objectives scored off of Sandin’s pictures can be marked as assists for the teen, it was his shot and his imaginative and prescient that created the tallies.
Twice within the first interval, Sandin launched pictures from the purpose that had been deflected in entrance of New Jersey Devils goalie Louis Domingue for scores.
On the primary aim, Maple Leafs captain John Tavares slapped the puck downward off Sanidn’s providing, making a bounce that eluded Domingue and gave Toronto the early 1-Zero lead.
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The latter got here on the person benefit and prompted Sportsnet coloration commentator Greg Millen to go with Sandin’s potential to play “quarterback” of the power-play unit and create the scoring probability together with his mobility.
Such reward is often reserved for confirmed superstars, so it would come as a shock to distant observers that Sandin’s two-point effort on Tuesday was simply his seventh recreation on the NHL stage in his younger profession.
Drafted within the first spherical of the 2018 draft, the defenseman made his NHL debut on opening evening this season, notching an help within the 5-Three win. He received his second help in his final recreation on Oct. 12 earlier than being despatched again all the way down to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. He doubled his level whole in opposition to the Devils.
Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe absolutely took notice after Sandin’s strong outing on the World Juniors wherein he led all defensemen in scoring (three objectives, seven assists) and completed fifth total. The Swede additionally scored a aim within the bronze-medal match in opposition to Finland; Sweden received 3-2.
Nobody is aware of how lengthy he’ll stay with the Leafs (Rielly will miss not less than eight weeks tending to his fractured foot) however having too many productive defensemen looks like a great drawback to have.