Nash will start skating soon, Sandin will have a longer look, Andersen is nearing return
The Leafs’ three-day break is coming to an end and their tilt to the Canadiens is almost 24 hours at the time of writing. Tuesday’s practice saw some interesting tidbits of information become available on how the team’s rosters might look like in the end.
First, one of the deadline acquisitions is almost ready to start training with their new teammates.
While not having details, Sheldon Keefe said he expects Riley Nash to start skating with the Leafs this week.
– Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) April 27, 2021
Riley nash is currently on the sidelines with a sprained knee he suffered on April 4. It turned out to be his last game as a Blue Jacket since being traded to the Leafs for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft, which would become a sixth if he plays in 25% of playoff games. from Toronto.
Speaking of the playoffs, that’s probably when Nash makes his Leafs debut, as three weeks into his scheduled six-week recovery period, his clearance would likely be around the time the playoffs begin. playoffs would begin. It’s also because his salary of $ 2.75 million wouldn’t match the Leafs right now, as they would be way over the cap.
The Canucks delaying the start of the playoffs for North Division teams could be a blessing for Toronto and Nash as it would give him more time to train with the team and better get used to the system before he can play. a match. Once he enters the roster, Nash will likely move into the fourth row and give his team solid defensive play both evenly and from the penalty spot.
Sandin gets a makeover
Keefe says he expects Sandin to “play most, if not all” of the # Leaves‘eight remaining games.
– Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) April 27, 2021
It’s not too shocking that Sheldon Keefe told the press they would play Rasmus Sandin in the majority of the last eight games. He was their best defender available with Zach Bogosian indefinitely after sustaining an upper body injury in Vancouver last week and Keefe said that he wanted to give Sandin as many chances as possible to succeed.
So far, he has played only five combined NHL-AHL games due to injuries and a lack of available playing time. Sandin probably coming out of training camp for the 2021-22 season, it is imperative that he ends the season with a lot of confidence and that he has something to develop throughout the offseason. Since entering the roster, Sandin has seen a lot more ice than before and he got an assist in Saturday’s win.
I imagine the reason Keefe will want to play Sandin in most games is that he would also want to see what he has in Timothy liljegren and Ben hutton, which was acquired on the day of the trade deadline. Don’t be surprised if one of the two players mentioned turns with Sandin or Travis Dermott in the last few weeks.
Does Zach Bogosian’s injury offer opportunities for other Leafs defensemen?
Andersen is approaching his return
Frederik Andersen was a full participant in training for the second day in a row and even picked up the starting crease at points judging by the line rushes.
Line sheets in training
– David Alter (@dalter) April 27, 2021
Andersen spoke to TSN’s Kristen Shilton about the injury that sidelined him since March 19 and how his recovery has reached this point. Most significantly, the standby free agent was hoping to appear in some games before the playoffs started, but wanted to focus on getting 100% before exploring that idea.
To put it mildly, it won’t be easy to get Andersen back into the roster ahead of the playoffs unless they get into some capering shenanigans. The Hockey News’ David Alter made it clear how this could work, and he mentioned that the most likely scenario is that the Leafs can put Bogosian and Zach Hyman on LTIR to open up enough room for Andersen’s return. It’s entirely possible that things will get more complicated, but they have Brandon Pridham to help them figure out if that were to happen.
Prior to his injury, Andersen had played 23 games and posted a 13-8-2 record with a save percentage of .897 and a GAA of 2.91.
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