Last week’s leading story was Nick Robertson and his pursuit of a spot on the opening night roster. He got off on the right foot with three goals and an assist through his first three exhibition contests and only cemented his case further by tallying four more assists in his final two games of the preseason this past week to finish in a tie for second in NHL preseason scoring.
Robertson with a sick play along the boards, finds Nylander and Willy makes it look easy. pic.twitter.com/o9eZyKLgjm
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Robertson was held out of the Leafs’ final preseason game on Saturday as the club opted for one last look at some of the other depth options, signaling that a decision had already been made on the 21-year-old sniper. That decision was seemingly confirmed on Sunday when the Leafs placed veteran forwards Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Clifford, and Adam Gaudette on waivers.
There are still some salary cap hurdles to climb in order to make Robertson’s $796k cap hit fit, and he will likely be assigned to the Marlies in a paper transaction ahead of the roster deadline and then later recalled on an emergency basis with John Tavares still expected to miss some time.
Making the opening night roster is a nice feather in Robertson’s cap and a deserving reward for his strong play thus far, but he will have t …
Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation