Ht/Wt: 5’11″/184 lbs
Team: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
SANDIN LED OHL ROOKIE DEFENSEMEN IN GOALS, ASSISTS AND POINTS WITH 12-33—45 IN 2017-18 (51 GP) TO HELP THE GREYHOUNDS SET SINGLE-SEASON FRANCHISE RECORDS FOR WINS AND POINTS EN ROUTE TO CAPTURING THE OHL’S BEST REGULAR-SEASON RECORD. HE LED ALL OHL ROOKIES IN ASSISTS AND POINTS WITH 1-12—13 IN 24 POSTSEASON CONTESTS BEFORE SAULT STE. MARIE WAS ELIMINATED IN THE OHL FINAL BY THE HAMILTON BULLDOGS IN SIX GAMES.
HE APPEARED IN FIVE GAMES WITH ROGLE OF THE SWEDISH HOCKEY LEAGUE IN 2017-18 PRIOR TO JOINING THE GREYHOUNDS. HIS BROTHER, LINUS SANDIN, IS A FORWARD WITH ROGLE.
INTERNATIONALLY, HE CAPTAINED SWEDEN TO A GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2016 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE (0-2—2 IN 6 GP) AND TO A BRONZE MEDAL AT THE 2017 IVAN HLINKA MEMORIAL (0-3—3 IN 5 GP).
MODELS HIS STYLE OF PLAY AFTER BLACKHAWKS DEFENSEMAN DUNCAN KEITH.
Sam Cosentino – SportsNet – April 28: “Another elite puck mover who makes quick decisions and passes with pace. Underrated defender who benefitted moving to the OHL.”
Steve Kournianos – SportingNews/The Draft Analys – April 28: “Sandin is proof that you don’t have to be fancy with the puck in order to achieve results. His decision to leave Sweden’s junior league for the OHL is looking smarter by the day, as he is a top contributor for the Soo as they vie for a Memorial Cup bid. Sandin is a smooth skater who is as dependable away from the puck and he is with it on his stick.”
Cam Robinson – DobberProspects – April 26: “Transition defender who offers strong vision and crisp passes. A smart player who knows when to pinch and can read the play happening at both ends of the rink. Lacks elite quickness but has a knack for changing gears to create separation while on the attack.”
Peter Harling – DobberProspects – Mar. 3rd: “Sandin moves the puck well and is smooth with the puck carrying it up ice. Sandin plays big minutes and consistently makes good decisions with the puck.”