The Toronto Maple Leafs added some forward depth to their organization on Friday afternoon when the team announced it has agreed to terms with forward Miro Aaltonen on a three-year, entry level contract.
Aaltonen, 23, was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the sixth round (No. 177 overall) of the 2013 NHL draft but never signed with the team.
Since then he has spent the past few years playing professionally in Europe, including several years in the Finnish league as a member of both Blues and Karpat. He spent the 2016-17 season playing for Chekhov Vityaz in the KHL where he finished third on the team in scoring with 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists) in 59 games. The Maple Leafs also pointed out that he was the top scorer under the age of 24 in the KHL this past season.
He doesn’t have great size (listed at 6-feet, 180) but he has some skill and has been a productive forward at every stop in his pro career in Europe.
He also represented Finland at the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships.
His first goal in the KHL this season was a beauty.