Is anyone envious of other teams (besides presto)?
It's more important than ever. Look how huge it is that we've got Robertson in there this season on a rookie deal. Pity it's wasted on another truncated covid season, but what can you do.Apparently this isn't something that should be measured, because of free agents and young players already on the NHL roster.
I'd guess the Leafs think they're both NHLers. Whether they're ready or not is another matter. I could easily see both, Sandin less so, going back for more development. Robertson's a tough one, as he's clearly figured out junior and can't play in the AHL or some comparable Euro league.
If he gets caved in, it's a big issue, to my mind. The problem with rushing young players, besides health risks, is killing their confidence. Robertson was pretty good against the BJs fourth liners but still underwater on the possession/sc stats.I think he's kind of a no-brainer, really.
The Leafs need cheap players on the NHL roster who can contribute. And Robertson is too good for the OHL under normal circumstances, let alone whatever the state of Canadian junior hockey is going to be trying to play during a pandemic.