Leafs sign 2020 first-rounder Amirov to three-year, entry-level deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed 2020 first-round pick Rodion Amirov to a three-year, entry-level contract starting in the 2021-22 season, the club announced Thursday.

However, Sportsnet‘s Chris Johnston reports it is expected the Leafs will loan Amirov to the KHL during the 2021-22 campaign and he will return to Russia if he doesn’t crack the team the following season as well.

The 19-year-old left winger, who was taken with the 15th pick, has wrapped up his season with the KHL’s Ufa Salavat Yulayev, where he put up 13 points in 39 games.

Amirov, who was seen by some as a player who could end up being one of the best to come out of last fall’s draft, also served as an alternate captain for Russia at the 2021 world juniors, recording six points in seven games as the country finished in fourth place at the tournament.

“Our club is pleased to have Rodion formally signed today. We look forward to welcoming Rodion to Canada in the coming weeks and having him begin working with our player development staff in Toronto,” said Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas in a press release.

“We also look forward to continuing to work with Ufa with his development next season. Ufa has done an excellent job guiding Rodion’s development as a player to date and we are excited to work very closely with them through the summer and into the future.”

The Leafs say Amirov will join the club’s AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, and work with the big club’s development program after visa and quarantine requirements are met.

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