Leafs coach Babcock basically confirms Sandin will make opening-night roster

Steven Psihogios

Toronto Maple Leafs defensive prospect Rasmus Sandin has put forward an impressive preseason, and it looks as though he’s earned himself a spot on the NHL roster.

After the team’s 5-0 preseason win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, head coach Mike Babcock all but confirmed the 19-year-old will start the year in the big leagues.

After stating that the team has four spots solidified, Babcock then added Sandin’s name immediately to the mix.

The Swedish blueliner was the club’s first-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft. He proved to be a solid contributor on the Toronto Marlies last season, posting six goals and 28 points through 44 contests. In the post-season, he added 10 assists in 13 games.

After an off-season that saw the Buds lose three regulars in Nikita Zaitsev, Jake Gardiner and Ron Hainsey on the back-end, Sandin’s positive preseason performance seemingly gives the club a solid option that can help fill the holes.

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