Who is Rasmus Sandin?
Where is Sandin Ranked?
What do the numbers say about Sandin?
Some context to my love for Rasmus Sandin, here are some pretty good comparables. pic.twitter.com/kDo11mbrZk
— Tobias Pettersson (@ManUtdTobbe) March 11, 2018
#2018NHLDraft eligible Rasmus Sandin is tremendous 1v1 defender. Rarely beat at the blue line with a combination of mobility, aggression, and anticipation. Great stick, too.
Further to the upper right the better – just look at Sandin's position relative to his teammates. pic.twitter.com/hZtBkLGjZt
— Mitch Brown (@MitchLBrown) March 28, 2018
Then we have one of my personal favorites and likely late 1st rounder Rasmus Sandin, having a great rookie season in the OHL for Soo. pic.twitter.com/6JqpZyuQxq
— Tobias Pettersson (@ManUtdTobbe) February 27, 2018
What are scouts saying about Sandin?
Sandin is a gifted two-way defenseman…a skilled puckhandler who has the confidence to attempt long stretch passes up the middle of the ice or to skate it himself…his hands are an asset in corralling the puck off a hard pass or making a slick deke…although a decent skater with adequate speed, his edgework isn’t as crisp as it could be and it affects him when moving laterally or changing directions…lowering his center of gravity and using longer leg pushes in each stride could also increase his speed…he isn’t afraid to carry the puck through the neutral zone himself, and is shifty and creative with the puck on his stick…strong at fending off forecheckers in his own zone, as he can outwait physical contact and absorb a hit before skating the puck out of trouble or dishing it to a teammate…he has very good defensive awareness, particularly when switching checks or choosing when to pressure opponents below the goal line…not afraid to play the body to close off an opponent along the boards…has some impressive potential as a puck-mover who can also be effective in his own zone. – Future Considerations
Sandin is a nimble puck-moving defenseman with outstanding agility and closing speed. He is a reliable option for breakouts since he can beat back a forecheck with either his wheels or crisp, timely passes. It wasn’t easy playing as a rookie import on a loaded team, but Sandin’s transition from Rogle in the Swedish Hockey League to the Ontario Hockey League was beyond seamless. In fact, the young rearguard did not take long to distinguish himself among the Soo’s talent-heavy blue line, and by season’s end was playing big minutes and quarterbacking the top power-play unit.
You can make a strong case that he is one of the draft’s best one-on-one defenders, and his quick feet help stay stride for stride with onrushing attackers. Sandin also is reliable in slot coverage and rarely is guilty of puck-gazing his partner into a precarious situation. He could very well become one of the best players to come out of this draft. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst
He’s fantastic with the puck in his own end and rarely seems to make a mental mistake with the puck. Always makes that safe play and starts the breakout with a stretch pass as well as anyone in this draft (including Bouchard). His hockey sense is just terrific. Has a good, low point shot and is very good at picking his spots to jump up into the rush.
But I like his positioning and ability to stay ahead of attackers on the rush. He uses his body and strong lower half to box out forecheckers extremely well and as such, he prevents teams from gaining and extending possession in the Hounds zone. For me the only real drawback is a lack of dynamic skating ability. Sandin is far from a poor skater. He’s mobile, especially laterally. But I don’t think he possesses the elite separation that you’d like to see from a 5’11 defender who’s primary skill is puck movement.
But I see Sandin as, potentially, a very serviceable second pairing defender who can play in all situations and have a long time NHL career. – Brock Otten, OHL Prospects
The Eye Test
— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) May 13, 2018
Why should the Leafs draft Sandin?
While the connection of Kyle Dubas as former Greyhounds general manager exists, I’d argue that it’d be in Dubas’ best interests to you know, not just draft guys because he used to work for their junior team. Sandin himself has a desirable enough skillset to go higher in the draft, but if he’s available, it could be a pretty solid fit. If they’re looking to shore up their blueline, having a backend top-four Rielly, Gardiner, Dermott, Liljegren, Sandin… wait, that’s five! But seriously, if the Leafs were able to take Sandin and have him in the NHL on an entry-level deal in a few years, there’s no doubt he’d be able to make an immediate impact in the lineup pretty quickly. It’s pretty clear this team could use another defender or two, and while he does shoot left, there’s no bad time to keep adding depth to your system.
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