Egor Korshkov to stay in KHL for rest of season

Egor Korshkov to stay in KHL for rest of season

Egor Korshkov is staying with his KHL team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, until the end of their season, said a source close to the 24-year-old.
Lokomotiv is currently third in the KHL’s Western Conference and their last game is on February 27th, which would mean the 24-year-old may not return to Toronto until then. If Lokomotiv makes the playoffs, it’s possible that he isn’t back until the end of April. Korshkov currently leads all Lokomotiv players in scoring with 19 points in 27 games and is 30th in all of the KHL.
There were a lot of question marks regarding if the Russian winger would make the Maple Leafs, or be a part of the possible “taxi squad” when the NHL season starts. But with this news, he may not play with the Leafs at all this upcoming season.
The NHL is currently working with the NHLPA to try and have a start date of January 1st, but with the NHL’s salary deferral/escrow asks (according to Pierre Lebrun), the start date may be pushed back. If that happens, it’s possible Korshkov can return to North America in time to play with the Maple Leafs or Marlies.
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Circle of COVID Life: Lehtonen back to the KHL

Following the rumours we say regarding Egor Korshkov last week, we have news of Mikko Lehtonen returning to Europe, today…

The @MapleLeafs have loaned defenceman Mikko Lehtonen to Jokerit (KHL).
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 1, 2020

The @MapleLeafs have agreed to loan defenseman Mikko Lehtonen to #Jokerit. Lehtonen was the #KHL’s top defenseman last season and will join the team next week.
— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) August 1, 2020

Since Lehtonen isn’t eligible to play for the Leafs until the start of the 2020-21 season this seem like the necessary move to get him playing sooner and ready to start his career with the Leafs.
How safe playing in the KHL in the middle of a global pandemic remains to be seen, but looking at this strictly from a getting on the ice perspective it makes sense.
Hopefully he’ll be in Leafs camp later this fall, pushing the current group of defensemen.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Egor Korshkov returned to the Marlies

He was playing at a goal per game pace, but Egor Korshkov has been returned to the Marlies after a short stint up with the Leafs.

The @MapleLeafs have loaned forward Egor Korshkov to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).#LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) February 21, 2020

Korshkov was recalled last weekend along with Mason Marchment ahead of the Sabres game, where he notched his first and only goal in 10 minutes of ice time during arguably the team’s worst game of the season. No word on if this signals another roster move on the way, but either way, it’s at least nice that what seemed like a long-shot prospect is getting reps in, even if they’re limited, and is hopefully chipping away at making it full time.

Korshkov’s first NHL goal couldn’t have come at a better time. 2-1. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/BlG1m5KN8N
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) February 17, 2020

 

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Egor Korshkov, most notably not Alex DeBrincat, has signed with the Leafs

I guess it’s Egor now not Yegor. Fascinating. Despite the title I don’t want to relive the trauma of this selection. We’re going to focus on the player, the signing, and leave the bad decisions in the past. None of that is on Korshkov.

.@SportChek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have signed forward Egor Korshkov to a two-year entry level contract.
Details >> https://t.co/mR8SzfxRiK#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/SKi1Qzheav
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 1, 2019
His deal is a two year entry level deal starting next season @ $925k/yr and he has a pro tryout with the Marlies for the remainder of their playoff run.
Who is he?
Well, he’s a 22 year old (soon to be 23) 6’4winger with five seasons of KHL experience. His best season had him with 26 points in 52 games and he hasn’t cracked the double digits on goals at any point of his KHL career. He’s been a frequent selection for Russia in International competition, and even had some Olympic consideration. At 187 lbs, he’s a bit of a bean pole, so count of reach and positional play, not outright physicality. Also hope that weight is outdated and that …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation