Defenseman Rasmus Sandin has been loaned to the Swedish squad to compete in the 2020 World Junior Championships, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Sunday.
The pioneering blueliner has appeared in six Leafs races this season, garnering only two assists. His last NHL game was a 5-2 victory at Detroit Cord Fields on October 12, where he recorded only one assist in 15 shifts.
Going 29th overall in the 2018 draft, Sandin played his first season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, scoring six goals and 22 assists in 44 games. The 19-year-old got his first chance to play on the NHL ice this season, helping to make his debut.
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Sandin joins several of his compatriots and colleagues, including Winnipeg Jets prospect David Gustafsson (center) and New York Rangers prospect Nils Lundkvist (defender) and Karl Henriksson (center).
Playing in the tournament will give the young defender more time to develop against strong competition.
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Sweden to end with Finland at 1:00 pm ET on Thursday, December 26 at the Werk Arena in Třinec, Czech Republic during the second set of games on the first day of the competition. At the same time, Canada and the United States will end at the Ostravar Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The tournament will last until Sunday, January 5, with the team phase ending New Year’s Eve.