Toronto Maple Leafs Postseason Overseas Prospect Update

EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 30: Topi Niemela #7, Roni Hirvonen #22, Anton Lundell #15 and Kasper Simontaival #29 of Finland celebrate a goal against Slovakia during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship at Rogers Place on December 30, 2020 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 30: Topi Niemela #7, Roni Hirvonen #22, Anton Lundell #15 and Kasper Simontaival #29 of Finland celebrate a goal against Slovakia during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship at Rogers Place on December 30, 2020 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /
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Jul 13, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas during a NHL workout at the Ford Performance Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Artur Akhtyamov

Age: 19

H/W:  6’1″/157 lbs

POS:  G

2021 Team: Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)/Bars Kazan (VHL)/Irbis Kazan (MHL)

Drafted: 106th Overall (Round 4) 2020 NHL Entry Draft

Artur Akhtyamov’s season was spent all across the vast leagues in Russia as well as the U20 WJC.

In 3 games in the KHL, Akhtyamov posted a .904 SV% with a record of 0-1-1. In the VHL, a record of 5-4-4 with a SV% of .927, and in the MHL a record of 5-4-4 with a SV% of .935 – not bad numbers for a young goaltender bouncing around from league to league and team to team (stats eliteprospects.com).

In December Akhtyamov would join fellow Toronto Maple Leaf Prospects in the 2021 World Junior Championship where he would play as the Russian Backup Goalie. In the one game he appeared in, he posted a SV% of .944 and secured a victory. The Russians finished fourth in the tournament.

Like Amirov, Akhtyamov has a lot of room to grow physically and with time, that will come. Ahktyamov still has a good foundation in the net though with good positional saves and quick reflexes on second chances.

Goalies have a tendency to take longer than almost anyone else to develop, so odds are that we’re still a few years away from seeing Akhtyamov getting a shot on the Toronto Maple Leafs.