Monday: The team has officially announced the contract.
Sunday: The Maple Leafs have signed their top pick from last month’s draft as CapFriendly reports (Twitter link) that the team has signed defenseman Rasmus Sandin to a three-year, entry-level contract. The contract carries an AAV of $925K in the NHL and does not contain any performance bonuses. The deal will pay him $70K at the AHL level, the maximum for an entry-level pact.
Sandin started last season with Rogle of the SHL but after just five games in Sweden, he was loaned to Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. He made a big impact with the eventual league champions, collecting 12 goals and 33 assists in just 51 regular season games and followed that up with 13 points (1-12-13) in 24 postseason contests. That performance helped him get selected 29th overall by Toronto last month.
Where the 18-year-old plays next season remains to be seen. Technically, his loan from Rogle was just for last season so he could go back there but the Greyhounds still have his junior rights as well. Because he was on loan from an international team last season, he also becomes AHL-eligible. Toronto getting Sandin signed will allow them to choose where he suits up in 2018-19.
Unless Sandin plays in ten or more NHL games next season, this contract will slide back a year and still have three years remaining on it starting in 2019-20. (This also can happen a second time if Sandin doesn’t play in ten or more NHL contests the following year.)