Sandin is pushing to make the Leafs' Opening Night roster, reports Sportsnet.ca.
"He's been outstanding," said fellow defender Morgan Rielly following the first few preseason games. Sandin has a great fantasy future, but at 19, his entry-level status plays hard against him. Like Travis Dermott last season, the Sandman can move freely to the AHL Marlies without passing through waivers. Four other contenders for the bottom D-pairing would have to clear waivers. Still, Sandin's poise and talent bely his youth and the Leafs need talent on the back end. At minimum, he's stash-worthy in keeper formats.