It may be the player outside the national hockey League (NHL) the most attractive to teams in the circuit Bettman in view of the off-season : who is Mikko Lehtonen, and what can he bring?
The defender Finnish 26-year-old is coming off a remarkable first season with the Jokerit Helsinki in the national hockey League continentale (KHL), while his 49 points in 60 parties have made the rear most productive in the league and his sixth best pointer in the whole.
It is to be noted that the custodian substitute for Jokerit, in 2019-2020, was a certain Antti Niemi. Here’s one that could boast of the charms of Montreal to the defender left-handed while the Canadian would be among the teams interested in his services after that Lehtonen has announced his departure from Jokerit two days ago by making his contract a year in advance.
Never drafted into the NHL, the one who wore the number 44 in Helsinki is not particularly beefy at 6 ‘ and 196 lbs. Good skater, Lehtonen possess beautiful qualities offensive, obviously, in addition to being reliable defensively. He seems to enjoy the wrist shot from the blue line in full circulation and get a lot of success with it.
“It comes out more quickly, and you can place it in the right place more easily than a shot, he said in an interview to the official website of the KHL. I use more comfortably to the wrist shot when I’m at the blue line.”
Calm in possession of the puck even when it undergoes the pressure of its opponents, Lehtonen seems to also make good decisions and be a skilled passer. A true “quarterback” in the digital advantage, in sum.
Lehtonen is one of those players that have developed slowly but continuously. And if it did ever come close to the NHL, his career in Sweden and Finland, before disembarking in the KHL, the shows. What’s more, the skater of Turku has represented Finland in a variety of competitions over the past ten years, which indicates that the men’s hockey of his country in high esteem.
Moreover, it is at the world Championships of 2019, there is about a year, so that Lehtonen has actually been noted for the first time. Amassing seven points in ten games he has appeared, while Finland went to get the gold medal. He would have received some calls from the NHL at this moment before you choose the Jokerit.
It is also worth noting that Lehtonen won gold with Finland at the world junior Championships in 2014 alongside a certain Artturi Lehkonen.
According to several media reports, the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, and the Los Angeles Kings would also be interested in the services of the defender.