Prospect Ramblings: Nick Robertson is here to stay

Curtis Rines

2022-10-22

It only took one game for Nick Robertson to prove he is ready to be the missing piece of the Leafs’ top six.

In his season debut, Robertson played 11:40 at 5v5, posting a 60 CF% and leading the Leafs with 64.92 xGF%. The 21-year-old left winger lined up beside John Tavares and William Nylander on the Leafs’ second line, which seemed to add a spark that the entire forward core had been missing. 

From the start of the game against Dallas, Robertson came out flying, displaying more speed than what we have seen in the past. He showed a much better first-step burst of acceleration which helped him to win more puck battles and be an effective forechecker the entire game. 

His tenacity was also noticeable when playing on the second unit of the powerplay. He is not afraid to shoot (something the Leafs can lack at times), and mixing this with his ability to find open scoring areas allowed him to get his first goal of the game and season. 

So the question now is, what do the Leafs do moving forward regarding their forw