According to the team’s official Twitter account, the Maple Leafs have inked defenceman to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Welcome to Leafs Nation, Mikko!
The Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Mikko Lehtonen to a one-year entry level contract. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/y2g4D4ufU8 pic.twitter.com/76VN57iVN0
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 4, 2020
Lehtonen, a left-handed defenceman who turned 26 years old in January, has spent his entire career playing in Europe. He came up through the Finnish system but has also played professionally in the Swedish Hockey League and the Kontinental Hockey League, for his home country’s Jokerit. He also had success with Finland internationally, helping his country win the World Juniors in 2014 and the World Hockey Championship in 2019.
Most recently, Lehtonen made a name for himself as one of the best names playing outside of North America with a huge season in the KHL. Lehtonen’s 17 goals and 49 points with Jokerit this season led the KHL in both goals and points among defencemen. He also led his team in scoring.
Here’s a scouting report, courtesy of Dobber Prospects…
Lehtonen has managed to get out of his KHL …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation