In the first period of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night, Tyson Barrie left the game and did not return after this:
After the game, reports came out that X-Rays were negative and the Leafs don’t expect Barrie to be out for long. Of course, they said the same thing about Andreas Johnsson and we know how that turned out...
So, where does that put the Leafs? Well, they have yet another player in the increasingly crowded injury ward. Whether or not Barrie does have to go on IR at all remains to be seen. The logical replacement for Barrie seems to be Rasmus Sandin. He might not be a righty to replace that role Barrie was playing, but he got a stint to start the year with the Leafs already. He’s also done well in the AHL since his demotion.
How good? Well, for that I go to our resident Sandin fanclub:
Sandin and Liljegren are really impressing with their breakouts these days. pic.twitter.com/0ioxYs86IW— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) December 14, 2019
Sandin and Liljegren lead the rush once again: pic.twitter.com/NwS9ibC0IX— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) December 12, 2019
Sandin jumps up into the play, kicks the puck up to his stick, draws the defender and goaltender towards him, then gives Agostino an open net. pic.twitter.com/2UtqnXEkeN— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) December 7, 2019
However, it doesn’t seem to be so clear. During the intermission segments, Chris Johnston offered this:
As mentioned on Saturday Headlines, the #leafs will revisit their pending decision on Rasmus Sandin's availability for the world junior championship after losing Tyson Barrie to an ankle injury in Edmonton tonight.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 15, 2019
So if Barrie is not out for long, we might not see Sandin after all. Maybe it’s Liljegren, maybe it’s someone like MarMar or a different call up from the Marlies. Maybe it’s the Leafs top draft pick from last year, Nick Robertson!
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Have a happy Sunday everyone!
Who do you want to see the Leafs use to replace Barrie?