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Leafs send former first-rounder to AHL; fans react

october 14, 2019
Rasmus Sandin played well enough in the preseason to earn himself a spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs blueline to begin the regular season. Coach Mike Babcock, at the time, praised the 19-year-old's play, saying he had intentionally put him out in difficult situations to gauge his reaction, and he nailed it every time. Well, apparently the love affair is over, at least for now. The Leafs announced Monday Sandin has been sent to the Marlies of the AHL and the team has called up 27-year-old defenceman Kevin Gravel in his place.

There has been a swift reaction from Leafs fans on Twitter and it is almost unanimously negative. Some are pointing out that Sandin, a first round pick in 2018, has been playing an average of around 10 minutes per game in his first six with the Leafs, so sending him to the Marlies will mean more playing time, in all situations. Still many fans aren't happy with him being sent down, nor are they happy with Gravel being called up.









It is worth noting that with Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott soon to return from injury and Rasmus Sandin earning 900k at the NHL level, the call up of Gravel and the continued use of Justin Holl will save the Leafs some much needed cap space, which is at a premium for the club.

Regardless of the flak that the Leafs may take in the short term, the team appears to favor Sandin's development at this time. With an abundance of turnover expected on the blue line for the Buds next season, it's fair to assume that Sandin will get much longer look in 2020.

Sandin has two assists through his first six games in the NHL.
Do you think sending Sandin down is the right move?
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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 23 44
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 43
BRAD MARCHAND 21 35
JOHN CARLSON 24 35
DAVID PASTRNAK 21 34
NATHAN MACKINNON 21 31
PATRICK KANE 21 28
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 21 28
ALEKSANDER BARKOV 21 27
AUSTON MATTHEWS 23 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 21 19
LEON DRAISAITL 23 16
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 15
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 24 15
AUSTON MATTHEWS 23 14
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 28
LEON DRAISAITL 23 28
JOHN CARLSON 24 27
BRAD MARCHAND 21 22
ALEKSANDER BARKOV 21 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 24 35
DOUGIE HAMILTON 21 23
CALE MAKAR 21 23
ROMAN JOSI 20 20
BRENT BURNS 22 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 21 23
MARTIN NECAS 21 15
VICTOR OLOFSSON 21 15
QUINN HUGHES 21 14
ILYA MIKHEYEV 23 12
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 17 11
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY 18 11
PETR MRAZEK 14 10
JORDAN BINNINGTON 17 10
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 17 10
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
CARTER HUTTON 12 2
PEKKA RINNE 13 2
TUUKKA RASK 13 2
DARCY KUEMPER 14 2
PETR MRAZEK 14 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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