Travis Dermott and Ilya Mikheyev have received qualifying offers from the Leafs

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Less than 24 hours after the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft ended, the Leafs made the expected move of retaining two key players that were RFAs.

This is a decision that I’m sure a lot of you expected to see but it is still relieving nonetheless. Mikheyev’s party has confirmed they will resume negotiations after the draft is finished and while Dermott’s camp hasn’t mentioned their plans, my best guess is that they will likely do the same thing.

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Prior to a wrist injury that kept him out of the lineup for months, Mikheyev scored eight goals, 15 assists, and 23 points in 39 games. Dermott missed the first part of the season and managed to produce four goals, seven assists, and 11 points in 56 games played.

The number of Leafs RFAs the team has to deal with was shortened following today’s announcement. Denis Malgin was given a one-year extension less than a week ago and Kyle Dubas revealed yesterday that the team has no plans of giving a QO to Evan Rodrigues. Which leaves three RFAs for the Leafs to decide on with Frederik Gauthier being the most notable of the bunch.

The deadline for teams to send out QOs to their RFAs is today at 5 p.m. EST.

All stats unless otherwise noted are from Hockey-Reference.com.

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