Debut Review: Nick Robertson

The unknown often brings intrigue and there has been plenty of intrigue surrounding the Maple Leafs greatest unknown, 18 year old forward Nick Robertson. Fresh off a dazzling season with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, Robertson was deservedly invited to compete for a spot in the Leafs playoff lineup.
Handed little more than an opportunity, he began camp near the bottom of the depth chart but his efforts were rewarded as the practices and scrimmages wore on. He spent the latter part of phase 3 skating alongside Alexander Kerfoot and Kasperi Kapanen on the Leafs third line, a spot that was ripe for the taking with Andreas Johnsson still on the shelf.

Sheldon Keefe also confirmed what was obvious, which is that Nick Robertson will play tomorrow night for #Leafs vs. Montreal.
“He is the one guy we’ve had eyes on throughout this.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 27, 2020

Sheldon Keefe knows what he’s going to get out of his big stars, and he should have a pretty good idea what he’s going to get out of guys like Frederik Gauthier and Pierre Engvall as well. Robertson, however, is something of an X-factor. There’s no …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

5 Thoughts from the Leafs shutout win vs. a bad hockey team

There was a lot of intrigue going into this game, as not only was this a game against the Islanders, who have become a rival of sorts since they replaced their ice rink with all the salt that the fans have been crying since Tavares left, but also, Sheldon Keefe had done the unthinkable: start Michael Hutchinson in a non-back to back situation.
Of course, any momentum for this game was killed by the Islanders and their refusal to actually play the game of hockey, and instead try to do nothing (a Mike Babcock classic).
Anyways, let’s break down the game and it’s most interesting points.
1. The Leafs can be whatever you want them to be
It’s hard to believe it, but the same team that won a game 8-6 a week ago, followed by back to back 5-4 games, and a 6-3 win just two days ago just played one of the stingiest games of hockey we’ve seen in the Matthews era, something Mike Babcock could never do apparently, despite trying to die on that hill.
Whether it’s shutdown hockey, a barn burner, relying on the stars, relying on …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation