Now with more cap space from the Kasperi Kapanenwindow.nationTooltips = window.nationTooltips || {}; NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. Some friendly fire on a TLN writer here (sorry Nick!)

He also skated for Finland at the Olympic Games in 2018 and the 2014 World Junior Championships, where he captured gold. Sure, offensive numbers can only show his offensive capabilities, but it is quite evident through his accolades in conjunction with a +/- of +26  that his two-way game is quite present as well. nationTooltips['player-2849'] = JSON.parse('{"id":2849,"name":"Travis Dermott","position":"LD","identifier":"travis-dermott","faceUrl":"https:\/\/s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com\/static.fantasydata.com\/headshots\/nhl\/low-res\/30000706.png","teamName":"Toronto Maple Leafs","playerRating":71.6807561808538,"playerPositionRank":83,"playerPositionRankColor":"#ffd66a","capHit":874125,"draftYear":2015,"blogUrl":"https:\/\/theleafsnation.com\/tag\/travis-dermott?utm_source=nationinfobox&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=nationinfobox","blogLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/5\/theleafsnation.png","dailyfaceoffUrl":"https:\/\/www.dailyfaceoff.com\/players\/news\/travis-dermott\/3263\/?utm_source=nationinfobox&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=nationinfobox","dailyfaceoffLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/7\/dailyfaceoff.png","hockeyfightsUrl":"https:\/\/www.hockeyfights.com\/players\/20763","hockeyfightsLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/8\/hockeyfightslogo.png","puckpediaUrl":"https:\/\/puckpedia.com\/player\/e\/214673?utm_source=nationinfobox&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=nationinfobox","puckpediaLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/9\/puckpedialogo.png"}'); for the final spot in the top 4, and a 2nd pairing of Muzzin – Lehtonen would be much more dynamic than the existing shutdown pair with Justin Hollwindow.nationTooltips = window.nationTooltips || {}; nationTooltips['player-2385'] = JSON.parse('{"id":2385,"name":"Kasperi Kapanen","position":"LW","identifier":"kasperi-kapanen","faceUrl":"https:\/\/s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com\/static.fantasydata.com\/headshots\/nhl\/low-res\/30000443.png","teamName":"Pittsburgh Penguins","playerRating":71.5187894784438,"playerPositionRank":87,"playerPositionRankColor":"#ffd66a","capHit":3200000,"draftYear":2014,"dailyfaceoffUrl":"https:\/\/www.dailyfaceoff.com\/players\/news\/kasperi-kapanen\/2789\/?utm_source=nationinfobox&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=nationinfobox","dailyfaceoffLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/7\/dailyfaceoff.png","hockeyfightsUrl":"https:\/\/www.hockeyfights.com\/players\/21022","hockeyfightsLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/8\/hockeyfightslogo.png","puckpediaUrl":"https:\/\/puckpedia.com\/player\/e\/92226?utm_source=nationinfobox&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=nationinfobox","puckpediaLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/9\/puckpedialogo.png"}'); trade, the Leafs have a chance to add a RHD that would further clutter the depth chart. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Toronto Maple Leafs and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Fine playing either side, he says. All three of those goals came at even strength, and Lehtonen added a primary assist on the PP in the second game to bring his total to 4 points in 2 games. but Lehtonen’s first two games are a terrific answer to the question of “why are so many people assuming Lehtonen will be a solution on our blue line?”.

This provides great prospects for another PP quarterback to help take the load off of Morgan Rielly, not to mention another threat for teams to worry about from the blue line. Please enter your email address to reset your password. Lehtonen's 0.82 p/g is far and away the highest amongst KHL UDFA D pic.twitter.com/VQrePj7g7H, — Earl Schwartz (@EarlSchwartz27) September 4, 2020. @mik_lehtonen tällää 1-1-osuman aikaan 19.00. I think with his upside you have to at least give him a full time spot. Internationally, Lehtonen has represented Finland at multiple events, include the World Championships in 2017 and 2019, winning gold at the 2019 tournament and earning recognition on the World Championship All-Star Team. All Rights Reserved.

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Here is TLN’s initial profile on him. In the second game he would show off his ability to join the rush to score near side: .

So to circle back to the original point, that the Leafs seemed to sign an offensive LHD when they have that in abundance; they did. On the surface a 6’0″ LHD with 49 points in 60 KHL games was impressive, but it seemed as if the Leafs were adding an offensive LD when they already had a surplus of offensive LHD. The Toronto Maple Leafs made yet another signing from overseas this past year. On May 4th 2020, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed LHD Mikko Lehtonenwindow.nationTooltips = window.nationTooltips || {}; The Maple Leafs and mapleleafs.com are trademarks of MLSE. The key difference is that Lehtonen is UFA after his 1 year ELC where Zaitsev was RFA, so the Leafs should be solely focused on making the most of his 1 season under $1m instead of extending him. Between Calle Rosenwindow.nationTooltips = window.nationTooltips || {}; Mikko Lehtonen is ready for the NHL September 10, 2020, 10:48 AM | Earl Schwartz On May 4th 2020, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed LHD Mikko Lehtonen to a 1-year Entry Level Contract. #JOKvsNKH pic.twitter.com/aTOcvfJ3Tl. That would come at the expense of Sandin, who would end up back with the Marlies in this scenario. Leafsnation is a fan site with no direct affiliation to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, NHL, or NHLPA. nationTooltips['player-2805'] = JSON.parse('{"id":2805,"name":"Timothy Liljegren","position":"D","identifier":"timothy-liljegren","faceUrl":"https:\/\/s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com\/static.fantasydata.com\/headshots\/nhl\/low-res\/30003648.png","teamName":"Toronto Maple Leafs","playerRating":71.87378772751072,"playerPositionRank":null,"playerPositionRankColor":null,"capHit":863334,"draftYear":2017,"blogUrl":"https:\/\/theleafsnation.com\/tag\/timothy-liljegren?utm_source=nationinfobox&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=nationinfobox","blogLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/5\/theleafsnation.png","dailyfaceoffUrl":"https:\/\/www.dailyfaceoff.com\/players\/news\/timothy-liljegren\/3215\/?utm_source=nationinfobox&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=nationinfobox","dailyfaceoffLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/7\/dailyfaceoff.png","hockeyfightsUrl":"https:\/\/www.hockeyfights.com\/players\/24302","hockeyfightsLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/8\/hockeyfightslogo.png","puckpediaUrl":"https:\/\/puckpedia.com\/player\/e\/224910?utm_source=nationinfobox&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=nationinfobox","puckpediaLogo":"https:\/\/api.dailyfaceoff.com\/uploads\/nation_site\/logo\/9\/puckpedialogo.png"}'); yet, which gives you some sense of the depth the Leafs are dealing with.

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