Rasmus Sandin

Toronto Maple Leafs
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Fantasy Summary

Likely to be a useful NHLer, unlikely to be a top offensive choice


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 7, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 29

Observations

October 2019 – Sandin has been returned to the AHL.  His versatility shone through in his six game audition, making good plays and not looking out of place in many instances, even throwing a coupe unexpectedly big hits. However, he also hemmed himself into bad positions and made unnecessary giveaways occasion, and despite his generally NHL-level play he was only seeing 12 minutes per night on average which limited his fantasy value. He proved that he’ll be in the Leafs lineup next fall, and good option later this year should injuries occur. Playing big minutes on the Marlies won’t do him any harm, it just means fantasy owners will have to wait one more season before he provides dividends. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2019 – After a phenomenal 2018-19 season skyrocketed Sandin’s fantasy stock, fans were ready to watch him push for an NHL roster spot out of training camp. The organization challenged him by bringing in multiple depth options such as Harpur and Gravel and hanging onto press-box regulars Marincin and Holl, but he has survived all cuts and will start the season as a Leaf. He appears to hold 3rd-pairing slot until either Dermott returns from injury or too many mistakes force the coach’s hand. Until that time comes, expect moderate point and SOG production from the rookie with obvious upside in a few years’ time. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2019 – Sandin finished the WJC tournament with 4 points in 5 games, but more importantly was a standout on the Swedish blueline beside Erik Brannstrom. He saw big minutes and thrived. His adaptability to new leagues and new teammates is a strong indicator than Sandin will challenge for an NHL spot next season. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2018 – Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has said Sandin (and defense partner Liljegren) will be loaned to Team Sweden for the upcoming WJC. Sandin is having a strong year in the AHL with 7 points in 12 games, but more importantly is looking smooth and smart as a rookie pro, and looks like he will push for an NHL spot as soon as next season. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2018 – The Leafs have cut Sandin from the pre-season roster, loaning him to the Marlies. Normally he would need to return to the OHL, but his status as a loaned player last year lets him transition to the AHL, which greatly accelerates his development timeline. A strong campaign with the Marlies will allow him to push for an NHL spot as soon as 2019-20, and give us better insight as to his offensive upside, which is limited compared to other youngsters in the organization. He looked strong in camp, earning praise from coach Babcock for his smart play. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2018 – Sandin has been drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 29th overall pick. Based on most expert rankings, this was an appropriate spot for the Swedish d-man playing in the OHL to land.

 

Sandin is one of the safer picks of the draft. He has all the tools to be a useful, reliable d-man, but does not project to have outstanding offensive upside. He has moved between leagues a lot without adjustment problems, which is always promising. He wont turn pro post-draft – he will either return to the SHL or to the Soo (which GM Kyle Dubas may encourage due to his ties there). Hayden Soboleski


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Sweden Selects U13 WSI U13 9 2 1 3 2 |          
 2013-2014 MODO Hockey U16 U16 Elit 11 4 3 7 6 |          
  MODO Hockey U16 U16 SM 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Ångermanland TV-Pucken 6 1 3 4 18 |          
  MODO Hockey U16 U16 Elit 11 5 11 16 6 |          
  MODO Hockey J18 J18 Elit 6 1 3 4 0 |          
  Almtuna IS U16 2 U16 Div.1 1 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sweden Selects U15 WSI U15 7 1 0 1 4 |          
  Almtuna IS U16 U16 Div.1 14 7 15 22 16 |          
  Almtuna IS U16 U16 SM 6 2 2 4 2 |          
  Almtuna IS J18 J18 Allsvenskan 10 0 3 3 4 |          
 2015-2016 Ångermanland TV-Pucken 6 1 4 5 0 |          
  MODO Hockey J18 J18 Elit 20 5 17 22 6 |          
  Brynäs IF U16 U16 SM 3 0 4 4 2 |          
  Brynäs IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 18 1 7 8 2 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 6 1 0 1 2 |          
 2016-2017 Brynäs IF J18 J18 Elit 7 2 5 7 2 |          
  Brynäs IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 12 
  Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 36 3 15 18 14 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 6 0 2 2 2 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 15 0 10 10 6 |          
 2017-2018 Rögle BK SHL 5 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 51 12 33 45 24 | Playoffs 24 1 12 13
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 3 3 2 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 5 0 3 3 2 |          
 2018-2019 Toronto Marlies AHL 44 6 22 28 16 | Playoffs 13 0 10 10
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 5 2 2 4 4 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 7 2 4 6 6 |          
 2019-2020 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 0 2 2 2 |          
  Toronto Marlies AHL 9 2 7 9 6 |          

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