Can’t Stop the Sandman: Rasmus Sandin Thriving As A Member of the Capitals

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When the Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Rasmus Sandin from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2023 trade deadline, they did so anticipating that the 23-year old would play a significant role on the blueline in the then-absence of John Carlson and after his return.

Through his first 13 games in a Washington sweater, Sandin is making good on the potential General Manager Brian MacLellan expressed in him and that made him a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Sandin recorded an assist on Craig Smith’s goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, marking his 13th point in 13 games as a Capital.

In that same span, Sandin ranks behind only Dylan Strom and Alex Ovechkin team scoring.

On the season, Sandin has a total of five goals and 33 Points in 65 Games Played with Toronto and Washington.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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6 Responses to Can’t Stop the Sandman: Rasmus Sandin Thriving As A Member of the Capitals

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have heard he lacks speed to be a top tier defender!

    • Dave says:

      He does. But then so does Adam Fox. I doubt Sandin will ever be at that level (few are), but his “ceiling” would be as a lower-case Adam Fox: a smaller defender who lacks speed but is super-intelligent and can move the puck and rack up assists. His “floor” would be as a more robust Christian Djoos: someone who needs to play sheltered minutes due to his defensive deficiencies but who can move the puck exceedingly well (and, unlike Djoos, is robust enough to withstand the rigors of the NHL). My wish is that Sandin spends the off-season watching tape of how Fox defends; he excels at it despite his lack of size or speed so it can be done.

      • KimRB says:

        Speaking of Djoos: he’s the #1 defenseman on Swiss team Zug EV, who lost today, in the first game of the semifinals. He looks well suited to that league. The dirty work for Zug was done by Caps prospect Tobias Geisser, who was in the face of every Geneva Servette player who got near his goaltender.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

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  3. KimRB says:

    Is Rasmus really the long lost son of actor Owen Wilson? Dang, they look alike!

  4. Anonymous says:

    13pts….. -6

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