The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Miro Aaltonen to an entry-level contract, the team announced Friday.
The 23-year-old spent this past season with Vityaz Podolsk in the KHL. His 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists in 59 games) was the most in the league among players aged 24 and under.
Aaltonen was drafted 177th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 2013 but has never suited up for an NHL regular season game. Listed at 6-0 and 185 lb., the Joensuu, Finland native is known for his speed and skill, which is the type of player the Maple Leafs have coveted lately.
Prior to this past season in the KHL, Aaltonen played the bulk of five seasons in Finland’s SM-Liiga. he spent more 3 1/2 seasons with the Espoo Blues where he put up 105 points in 175 games. In 2015-16 he was teammates with Sebastian Aho and Jesse Puljujarvi on Oulun Kärpät.