Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Miro Aaltonen will leave for the KHL after winning the Calder Cup.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Miro Aaltonen (Centre) will leave the rinks of Northern America and will return to the KHL. This according to insider Darren Dreger. Aaltonen, who never made his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was part of the successful Toronto Marlies that won the Calder Cup just a week ago.
Let’s take the time to evaluate this move and what it means for the organization moving forward; will other prospects step up or does this mean Kyle Dubas has a need to address tonight in the NHL draft?
Drafted originally by the Anaheim Ducks as the 177th overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Miro Aaltonen joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization in March 2017 after a strong performance in the KHL. Despite a fair training camp, Aaltonen was assigned to the Toronto Marlies.
With the Toronto Marlies, Aaltonen played 64 games registering 20 goals and 23 assists for a point total of 43. He was an important piece for the Marlies success in winning the Calder Trophy by registering 13 points in 20 playoff appearances.
For now, it seems Aaltonen will never wear the Blue and White as a Toronto Maple Leaf.
It’s likely Aaltonen calculated his chances of making the opening night roster are slim. Nonetheless, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in need of a solid fourth-line centre. It’s unlikely this roster spot will be claimed from the minors. Frederik Gauthier has been tested and tried multiple times on the position and was found too slow.
This means Dubas has either some work to do starting July first when the free agent’s markets will provide opportunities. However, if the opportunity presents itself, it may as well be possible the Toronto Maple Leafs will draft for a fourth-line centre. Though, it’s unlikely a prospect will be ready from the draft to be inserted into the Leafs starting line-up in October.
Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of Aaltonen leaving for the KHL and who you’d like to see on the Toronto Maple Leafs fourth-line position.