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Petes’ Robertson to join Maple Leafs in preparation for return to play

 

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas announced Wednesday that Peterborough Petes forward and 2019 second round NHL Draft pick Nick Robertson will join the club as it prepares for a return to action on the other side of the COVID-19 hiatus.

Dubas discussed Robertson’s continued progression and development as a player with Sportsnet’s Tim & Sid, citing the 18-year-old’s impressive 55-goal season with the Petes along with a strong showing representing the United States at the 2020 World Juniors this past January.

Robertson, who led the CHL in goal-scoring, was also recently named the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player. He’s maintained a structured training regiment throughout the extended break, working out with brother and 2018-19 OHL scoring champion Jason Robertson who spent this past season with the AHL’s Texas Stars.

“I think that I’ve enhanced a lot of my off-ice performance now which can help me with my on-ice,” Robertson told Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston on Wednesday. “Overall I think I’m ready. We’ll see what the coaching staff and what Toronto wants, but just personally — mentally and physically — I think I’m there.”

Robertson is currently staying with family friends in Windsor, Ont., after making his way up to Canada last Thursday to start serving the country’s mandatory 14-day quarantine and plans to travel to Toronto once that’s completed.

“The commitment to your fitness level as an individual and as a team is going to have such a major, major impact on how you perform coming back from [the COVID-19 pause],” Dubas said on Wednesday. “Nick is a person who is as committed as any that I’ve seen — certainly at that age — and I know what he’s been doing since he’s been back home in Los Angeles, and quarantining at home, and I know his commitment to being in the best possible shape that he can be.”

For more on Robertson’s pursuit of a playoff roster spot with the Leafs, visit sportsnet.ca.

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