Prospect Report: Toronto Maple Leafs

I attended one of the two Toronto Marlies games this past weekend. During the game I paid close attention to three prospects. In this prospect report, I will discuss how each if them did this weekend. I will also detail how each prospect is doing so far this season.

Rasmus Sandin – LHD

Rasmus Sandin is being given every opportunity with the Marlies in the American Hockey League (AHL) to develop all his skills. He is being used on both the power play and penalty kill while also receiving plenty of ice time playing at even strength. During Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Utica Comets, Sandin had one assist and finished the game with a -1 plus/minus rating. He continues to show great speed and puck handling along with great passing.

During Sunday’s game Sandin even dropped the gloves to fight Comets forward Kole Lind. Lind had a both a size and reach advantage on the smaller Sandin. The fact that Sandin was willing to fight the bigger Lind is a respectable attribute. It shows his teammates, his coaches, management, the fans and other teams that he is not to be taken lightly.

So far this season, Sandin has two goals and eight assists for ten points in 13 games with the Marlies. He also has two assists in six games with the Maple Leafs. It is almost a guarantee that Sandin will be playing full time with the Maple Leafs next season. His defence partner on the Marlies Timothy Liljegren could also be making the jump to Maple Leafs next season

#7 Timothy Liljegren & #8 Rasmus Sandin
The future of the Maple Leafs blueline

Timothy Liljegren – RHD

During Saturday’s game against the Comets, Liljegren showed better defensive awareness than I’ve seen him show in the past. Just like Sandin, Liljegren finished Saturday’s game with a -1 plus/minus rating and one assist. Although his foot speed is still a bit of an issue, Liljegren looks like he has improved his positioning. He has also showed a bit more of a physical side and by doing so is winning more puck battles.

So far this season he has two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 18 games. Liljegren is also receiving plenty of ice time this season as he is inevitably looking to make the jump to the Maple Leafs next season. With the Maple Leafs not having a lot of cap space to work with next season, Liljegren’s $863,333 cap hit should help him make the team.

Joseph Woll – G

Joseph Woll did not have a great game on Saturday, but he looked steady. He was beaten four times on 24 shots faced. In 8 games this season Woll has a record of 4-2-3 and has allowed 26 goals against. His overall stats for the season are 3.21 Goals Against Average (GAA) and 0.895 Save Percentage (SV%).

Depending on what happens with the backup goalie situation with the Maple Leafs, Woll could see more games in the second half of the season. This is his first season playing professional hockey after spending the last three season playing at Boston College. He finished last season with a 0.919 SV% and 2.41 GAA with three shutouts. The Maple Leafs are very high on Woll and don’t want to rush him. The expected course of action would be to remain the backup for the Marlies this season and given the Marlies starting goaltender job next season.

#35 Joseph Woll

Final Thoughts

Looking through this prospect report, both Sandin and Liljegren seem destined to make the Maple Leafs roster next season. Sandin could even see himself playing in the top four. Woll will need to continue his development in the AHL for at least this season and next.

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