Following the rumours we say regarding Egor Korshkov last week, we have news of Mikko Lehtonen returning to Europe, today…
The @MapleLeafs have loaned defenceman Mikko Lehtonen to Jokerit (KHL).
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 1, 2020
— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) August 1, 2020
Since Lehtonen isn’t eligible to play for the Leafs until the start of the 2020-21 season this seem like the necessary move to get him playing sooner and ready to start his career with the Leafs.
How safe playing in the KHL in the middle of a global pandemic remains to be seen, but looking at this strictly from a getting on the ice perspective it makes sense.
Hopefully he’ll be in Leafs camp later this fall, pushing the current group of defensemen.