One man’s injury is another’s opportunity.
Think back to what Morgan Rielly’s injury has done for Rasmus Sandin. The 2018 first-round pick cracked the Leafs’ roster out of camp, got a cup of coffee at the NHL level, and got sent back to the AHL where he was also given a chance to carve up the World Juniors. The 19-year-old Sandin easily could have spent the rest of his season in the minors honing his game.
But when Rielly and Jake Muzzin, Toronto’s top two left-handed defencemen got injured around the same time, Sandin was thrown right back into the fire. Muzzin has since returned from the Injured Reserve, but Rielly’s absence will last another few weeks yet. That’s fine for Sandin as he’s taken the opportunity and ran with it.
In eight games since his recall from the Marlies, Sandin has one goal and five points while logging 14:47 minutes per game. Despite his age, his coach and teammates have been impressed by his poise as he plays like a savvy veteran. Even when Rielly returns, it’ll be hard to remove Sandin from the …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation