Sandin to suit up for the Marlies

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He was the Leafs first round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, but starting this season, he will be wearing blue and white with a different team.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Soo Greyhounds defenceman Rasmus Sandin has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, who are the affiliate team of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sandin, who had 0 points in 3 preseason games with the Leafs, was assigned the Marlies after the Leafs reduced their training camp roster to 43 players.

TSN Hockey Insider and former Sooite Bob Mckenzie said on Twitter, “Sandin had a strong camp with the Leafs. TOR will see how he fares in AHL games before deciding where he will be assigned this season. AHL, SHL (SWE) or SSM (OHL), all three remain in play.

Sandin, who was drafted by the Soo Greyhounds in the 1st round (52nd overall) in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, did not suit up for the red and white until October 27th, 2017, but still finished first among OHL rookie blueliners in goals (12), assists (33), points (45), power play goals (4) and +/- (35).

The Uppsala, Sweden native also helped lead the Hounds to the OHL Final the first time since 1993.

If Sandin does end up returning to the Hounds, he will add more experience and offence to their blueline.

So far on the blueline, the Hounds have five defencemen that have returned from last season, including Jordan Sambrook, Anthony DeMeo, Holden Wale, Phil Caron and Jacob LeGuerrier.

And let’s not forget Robert Calisti, who played 6 games with the Hounds last season, before being assigned to the NOJHL’s Soo Thunderbirds.