Intelligent two-way defender with a heavy shot and great offensive awareness. Plays a physical game for his size but could stand to add some explosiveness to his stride.
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May 2022 – Sandin made the Leafs out of camp in 2021-22 and played a regular role for most of the season, putting up excellent underlying numbers while playing mostly third pairing minutes. His offensive production was modest but he had begun to find the scoresheet more regularly before a knee injury forced him to miss the end of the season and playoffs. For the season, he got into 51 games and scored five goals to go along with 11 assists. Perhaps more importantly, he looked far more comfortable handling the pace and physicality of the NHL. There is still room for improvement, especially in terms of defending the net-front area, but his instincts and offensive abilities are obvious. Sandin is a pending restricted free agent and a cheap, short-term bridge contract with the Leafs seems likely. If he is able to continue on an upward trajectory and reach his potential as a top-four defenceman, his next contract should be more substantial. Nick Richard
May 2021 – The hockey gods have repaid Sandin after his cruel start to the season. As he returned from injury, an NHL opportunity quickly arose and he hasn’t looked back. Down the final stretch of the regular season he managed 3 points in 8 games but most im