Mikko Lehtonen

Toronto Maple Leafs
Photo courtesy of Iltalehti.fi

Fantasy Summary

A very skilled offensive defenseman with very good skating ability. Plays a pretty good two-way game. Best defenseman in the KHL in 2019-2020 and ready to play in the NHL in 2020-2021.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 16, 1994
Height 6‘0”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

May 2020 – The Leafs have signed Lehtonen to a one-year entry level contract.  Jokke Nevalainen

May 2020 – Lehtonen has managed to get out of his KHL contract with Jokerit a year early, making him the best European free agent available right now. Lehtonen is a bit of a late bloomer but the 26-year-old was the best defenseman in Europe during the 2019-2020 season. His 17 goals and 49 points in 60 games led all defensemen in the KHL by a wide margin. It was definitely a breakout season for him but he’s been developing steadily over the years, and there was a lot of NHL interest already after the 2019 World Championship tournament where he won gold and was named to the tournament All-Star team.

Lehtonen is also not just a pure offensive player who would be a liability defensively. He’s not a defensive stud but he plays an NHL level two-way game already. He is also a very good skater which obviously helps matters. He is expected to be NHL ready right away with no time needed in the AHL. Most likely he’ll start on the bottom pair and play on the second power play unit but he could work his way up to the second pair depending on the team he signs with.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 TPS U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 8 4 7 11 2 |          
  TPS U16 U16 SM-sarja 27 5 16 21 20 | Playoffs 7 2 1 3
  TPS U17 U17 SM-sarja 1 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 1 0 1 1 0 |          
 2010-2011 TPS U18 U18 SM-sarja Q 9 3 9 12 14 |          
  TPS U18 U18 SM-sarja 18 8 15 23 14 | Playoffs 12 0 3 3 20 
  TPS U20 U20 SM-sarja 12 1 5 6 2 |          
  Finland U17 EYOF 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 4 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 15 2 3 5 2 |          
 2011-2012 TPS ET 2 0 0 0 4 |          
  TPS U18 U18 SM-sarja Q 1 0 1 1 0 |          
  TPS U18 U18 SM-sarja 1 0 1 1 6 | Playoffs 8 1 2 3
  TPS U20 U20 SM-sarja 39 8 19 27 24 |          
  TPS Liiga 12 0 0 0 2 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 11 0 2 2 2 |          
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 1 1 0 |          
 2012-2013 TPS ET 8 0 0 0 6 |          
  TPS U20 U20 SM-sarja 39 6 23 29 30 | Playoffs 9 1 1 2 16 
  TPS Liiga 13 0 1 1 2 |          
  Finland U19 (all) International-Jr 7 0 2 2 6 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 8 0 1 1 2 |          
 2013-2014 TUTO Hockey Mestis 46 5 13 18 14 | Playoffs 12 1 7 8 20 
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 0 1 1 4 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 8 1 1 2 2 |          
 2014-2015 TPS Liiga 37 0 2 2 8 |          
  TPS Champions HL 8 1 0 1 0 |          
  TUTO Hockey Mestis 19 0 9 9 4 | Playoffs 15 3 6 9
 2015-2016 KooKoo Liiga 60 12 10 22 16 |          
  Finland EHT 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland (all) International 5 0 2 2 2 |          
 2016-2017 KooKoo Liiga 43 6 19 25 20 |          
  HV71 SHL 9 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 16 0 4 4
  Finland EHT 6 0 1 1 4 |          
  Finland WC 10 2 0 2 0 |          
  Finland (all) International 16 2 1 3 4 |          
 2017-2018 Tappara Liiga 55 12 17 29 24 | Playoffs 16 1 3 4 10 
  Tappara Champions HL 8 2 5 7 2 |          
  Finland OG 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland EHT 4 0 1 1 2 |          
  Finland (all) International 5 0 1 1 2 |          
 2018-2019 HV71 SHL 52 5 19 24 30 | Playoffs 9 1 4 5
  Finland EHT 9 2 5 7 2 |          
  Finland WC 10 1 6 7 0 |          
  Finland (all) International 23 5 14 19 2 |          
 2019-2020 Jokerit KHL 60 17 32 49 20 | Playoffs 6 1 3 4 12 
  Finland EHT 3 1 1 2 0 |          
  Finland (all) International 3 1 1 2 0 |          
 2020-2021 Jokerit KHL - - - - - |          

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