After weeks of speculation regarding whether the Leafs would keep their newly acquired first round pick or trade it for immediate help, Mitch Marner stepped in front of the camera and announced that the Leafs had selected winger Rodion Amirov. Through 10 KHL games with Ufa in the KHL this season, the 19 year old Russian forward has scored three goals and 2 assists.
“He strikes with strong habits, deploying crossovers through arced attacks on the rush, made all the more potent with a nice variety of rush patterns through the neutral zone preceding these forays. His anticipation, the ability to see plays before they develop, is one of his high-level tools”
In TLN’s recent mock draft, Nick DeSouza selected Amirov on behalf of the Maple Leafs at 15th overall so the pick isn’t what you would call “off the board.”
Leafs take Rodion Amirov!
In @TLNdc’s mock draft, we had the Leafs taking Amirov. Here’s what I had to say about him. A skilled player who can do a little bit of everything well. pic.twitter.com/rwS6h5y4Gz
— Nick DeSouza (@NickDeSouza_) October 7, 2020
In the lead up to the draft, I previewed Amirov as a potential …
Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation