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Maple Leafs Loan Robertson, Two Others to Marlies of the AHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shuffled their roster a bit, loaning Nick Robertson and two others to the Marlies of the AHL.

On Saturday the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they would be sending three of their players down to the American Hockey League to join the Marlies. Those players were forwards Adam Brooks, and Nick Robertson, as well as defenseman Rasmus Sandin. 

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The reaction on social media among Leafs Nation is a bit mixed, but it’s important to note why these moves were made.

In the case of Robertson, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said the forward has been cleared to play, hence his assignment. That he’s going to the Marlies is likely about getting him game reps.

The American Hockey League season just kicked off and these moves are potentially more about development time and active action than anything else. There was no need to rush him into the main lineup. Keefe said a few weeks ago that Robertson can play in the AHL (post-injury or otherwise) because the OHL is not currently running. There was nowhere else to put him in terms of a development league.

Get These Players Games

Luke Fox of Sportsnet writes:

Biggest reason for today’s Leafs moves is to get Nick Robertson, Rasmus Sandin and Adam Brooks playing games. Keefe indicates Robertson will be back up with Leafs before too long.

Rasmus Sandin Toronto Maple Leafs
Rasmus Sandin Toronto Maple Leafs

As for Sandin, the 20-year-old has appeared in one game with the Leafs so far this season. It doesn’t make much sense to simply have him sitting all the time and he’s better served to go down a play a ton of minutes versus getting one game in and only five minutes of ice time. Considering Toronto has been playing well and other players like Justin Holl have stepped up on on the blue line, Sandin wasn’t about to get in any time soon.

The Leafs are also expecting Joe Thornton back right away, even though he was not cleared to play. In the same announcement, the Leafs noted they were assigning two players to the taxi squad: defenseman Matt Marincin and recently signed forward Scott Sabourin. 

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