Minten starts hot, Knies comes up clutch, Voit on fire: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Minten starts hot, Knies comes up clutch, Voit on fire: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Nick Robertson has been a focal point of the Leafs Prospect Roundup over the last few weeks, and with his performance this past week, we may not be discussing him as a “prospect” for much longer.
With the Leafs off to a sputtering start through four games and the clouds of controversy starting to roll in, Robertson took the place of Denis Malgin on the second line alongside John Tavares and William Nylander and wasted little time announcing his arrival. Though it was only the fifth game of the campaign, it felt like the Leafs needed to get back in the win column, and it was Robertson who led the charge against his big brother and the rest of the Dallas Stars.
The game was tied early in the third period when Robertson took a hit along the wall to get the puck down low before darting toward the net and taking a slick return feed from Michael Bunting. He made no mistake, burying the puck far side against Scott Wedgewood for his first tally of the season. Robertson’s shot and finishing ability have never been in question, but it was his strong play along the boards and ability to play through traffic that created t …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Robertson rewarded, Moldenhauer & Voit stay hot: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Minten starts hot, Knies comes up clutch, Voit on fire: Leafs Prospect Roundup

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 …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

TLN Prospect #2: Nick Robertson proves ready for a true test with the Maple Leafs

Nick Robertson has had a rough go throughout the past few seasons, but it might finally be time to take the next step in the Maple Leafs organization.
It feels like the 20-year-old has been through it all — from lighting up the OHL, to playing for Toronto in the NHL bubble, to sustaining major injuries in both seasons with the Marlies — all within the last three years.
Robertson is someone who believes he needs a chance to showcase his worth at the NHL level, and in October, he might just get that opportunity.
LW | Toronto (AHL) | Age: 20 | 5-foot-9 | 164 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2019 2rd Round, 53th Overall | 2021 Ranking: 2
To say this is a huge year for Robertson would be an understatement. This is a massive year for the 20-year-old.
Although he’s been injured for much of the past two seasons, Robertson has improved majorly throughout — when it might not have seemed possible to do so.
Looking back to his first year with the Marlies, there was a lot of room for the 20-year-old …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation