Nick Roberston in, Pierre Engvall out

The return of the NHL season is near, and the Leafs are slowly getting their roster for the play-in round established. During today’s practice, the team made an interesting swap at the forward position on the third line:

Some tweaks to the Leafs top two lines today, as well as D pairings:
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) July 21, 2020

Seeing Nick Robertson in a third line role ahead of Pierre Engvall is quite an interesting development, to say the least. Robertson has been making impressive strides early on, including a stint on the top line with Auston Matthews and William Nylander. This is a player that has been hungry to land a spot on the Leafs roster since Day 1 of training camp, and his continued excellence is going to make Sheldon Keefe’s life tougher once it is time to assemble the lines.
If that means Engvall has to sit out, then that is a tough setback for a guy that started his Leafs tenure making impressive strides in his development. He appeared on track to be an effective checking forward on the third line with penalty-killing abilities. But Engvall did struggle to produce offensively prior …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

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