It was 411 days prior to now that Nick Robertson flashed what may have been an important smile of his life when he met the media at Rogers Space. Why? On account of on June 22, 2019, the kid from California was drafted throughout the second spherical, 53rd complete, by the Maple Leafs.

On an August night time time in 2020, he had a good larger smile after he scored his first career NHL objective.

Having fun with on Thursday in opposition to the Blue Jackets, Robertson skated down the left wing throughout the second interval and stepped proper right into a go from Kasperi Kapanen, sending a one-timer squeaking earlier netminder Joonas Korpisalo.

He’s the first 18-year-old to score a playoff objective for Toronto since Ted Kennedy in 1944.

After a strong junior season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes, the place he posted 86 components (55 aims, 31 assists), Robertson was invited to the Leafs’ Half three teaching camp in July.

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Sooner than Toronto’s first qualifying spherical sport Sunday, coach Sheldon Keefe knowledgeable reporters that the youthful forward “is a person who has purchased a unbelievable capability set. If he’ll get a risk, he may make a distinction offensively. The big issue that we’ve seen is one of the simplest ways he has been able to work — his work habits and one of the simplest ways that he skates and one of the simplest ways that he’s on the puck.”

Having fun with on a line with Alexander Kerfoot and Kapanen, Robertson has confirmed a extreme hockey IQ and sturdy offensive experience throughout the group’s first three video video games of the postseason. That’s not beautiful, considering he registered 5 components (two aims, three assists) in 5 video video games for the USA on the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The veteran Jason Spezza, who was drafted three months sooner than Robertson was born, grabbed the memento.

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