Petes’ Robertson makes NHL debut with Maple Leafs


Peterborough Petes forward Nick Robertson put the cherry on top of a 55-goal season on Sunday night, making his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The CHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player, Robertson skated in a playoff game at the age of just 18, becoming the sixth player in NHL history to do so joining Rod Brind’Amour, Randy Moller, Jarome Iginla, Gary Stewart and Mike Modano.

“I thought Robbie had some good moments in the game,” said Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe. “He was good in a game that was difficult to play.”

Robertson saw 12 minutes and 28 seconds of ice, nearly scoring his first NHL goal in the early shifts of the first period as Toronto was shutout in a 2-0 loss to goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The matchup kicked off a best-of-five game Stanley Cup Qualifier series between the two clubs.

Toronto’s second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft last summer, Robertson comes off a tremendous season in Peterborough that saw him lead the OHL in goals (55), shorthanded goals (8) and game winning goals (10). He also represented the United States at the 2020 World Juniors in Ostrava, Czech Republic and was voted an OHL First Team All-Star at left wing.

A 2001-born talent from Northville, Mich., Robertson would be eligible to return to the Petes for his 19-year-old season in 2020-21.

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