Another player has left the Leafs organization to try his hand overseas — on Friday, Swedish League outfit Lulela announced that Brendan Mikkelson had agreed to a contract.
Mikkelson, 27, spent all of last season with the AHL’s Marlies after attending Leafs camp on a PTO. He went on to score 23 points in 60 American League games; it was actually his second tour of duty with Toronto, as he also played for the Marlies during the 2009-10 campaign.
The 31st overall pick at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Mikkelson had previously spent time with the Anaheim, Calgary and Tampa Bay organizations, appearing in over 130 career contests.
As mentioned above, Mikkelson is the latest Leaf to leave the organization. Last week, Joakim Lindstrom — acquired from St. Louis at the trade deadline — announced he was signing with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg.
Joakim Lindstrom’s return to North American was a brief one.
On Friday, Swedish outlet Hockey Sverige reported that Lindstrom, who returned to the NHL this season with St. Louis — before getting traded to Toronto — has signed with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg.
The 31-year-old, who spent time with the Blue Jackets, Coyotes and Avalanche in his first North American tour, signed with the Blues last summer following three very productive years with Skelleftea of the Swedish League.
While he was OK in St. Louis (six points in 34 games), he didn’t have a significant presence and wasn’t a lineup regular, eventually getting flipped to the Leafs at the deadline as part of the Olli Jokinen trade.
With Toronto, Lindstrom scored four points in 19 games, averaging 10:30 TOI per night.
Lindstrom is expected to fill the gap at SKA left by Artemi Panarin, who recently signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, who has been battling a deep bone bruise on his right hand, is making his first start since March 10 tonight and was tested early.
Leafs’ forward Joakim Lindstrom was hauled down by Sens’ defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and awarded a penalty shot.