Which rookies can leave a strong impression on the Toronto Maple Leafs coaching staff?
All eyes will likely be on a trio of youngsters in training camp; Nick Robertson, Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren.
It seems like Robertson will have the toughest path to making the team considering how many forwards will be looking to earn a job in camp. What could be working in Robertson’s favour is the strong showing he had in development camp.
If Robertson isn’t playing a big role with the Leafs, he should be playing top-line minutes in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies.
Sandin and Liljegren should be eager to show what they can do as the competition beyond the top two pairings seems wide open. Travis Dermott likely sees action on the right side and Sandin with a chance to build on a strong first impression minus a rough game in the playoffs.
Liljegren could show that he can be an option on the right side and maybe he makes Keefe re-consider who is paired up with Jake Muzzin? While some will want the young defencemen to be on the ice as much as possible even if it’s in the AHL but at this rate, they need experience against NHL competition.