Chalk up another win in Europe for the Maple Leafs, as the team announced on Monday they have signed defenseman, Mikko Lehtonen.
Widely considered the best defenseman overseas, Lehtonen signed a one-year entry level deal, full of bonuses, much like the recent contract of Alexander Barabanov and Ilya Mikheyev from a season before.
The #leafs have signed Mikko Lehtonen to a one-year, entry-level contract. He was widely viewed as the top defenceman playing in Europe this season.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 4, 2020
Lehtonen, 26, appeared in 60 games with Jokerit (KHL) last season and tallied 49 points in 60 games, leading all KHL defenseman in points. He was named an all-star and the KHL defenseman of the month, 3 consecutive times.
Lehtonen also has represented Finland at multiple World Championships and Olympics, and has also captured gold with his country’s World Junior team back in 2014
The Maple Leafs are hopeful Lehtonen will jump right into the mix next season, and it appears, from a ton of hockey insiders, Lehtonen will be a stud.
Kudos to Kyle Dubas on winning Europe this season.
Lehtonen is a left shot who played left side in KHL this season but he did play RD for FIN at last year’s World Championship. He’s a candidate, along with multiple others, to play RD but Travis Dermott is probably the LS D with the most experience/aptitude to play RS. https://t.co/8aalTq74nE
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 4, 2020