Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced they had signed the highly coveted Mikko Lehtonen to a one-year entry-level contract. The native of Turku, Finland had recently terminated the final year of his contract after a breakout season with Jokerit of the KHL to pursue his NHL options.
Cam Lewis has the initial scoop on the Lehtonen signing here.
When word first broke on May 1st that Lehtonen had become a free agent, it was widely reported that the New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens were in heavy pursuit of the 26-year-old Finn. That the Leafs jumped to the front of pack and were able to land Lehtonen speaks volumes to the team’s positive reputation with European free agents and to Jim Paliafito and his ability to continuously unearth these free wallets for the team.
In this post though, I wanted to take a closer look at Lehtonen’s game and try to identify what he brings to the table and where he might slot in next season.
First, let’s take a look at Lehtonen’s boxcar stats dating back to the 2014-15 season, when Lehtonen became a full-time player …
Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation