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Maple Leafs Sign Rodion Amirov to Entry-Level Contract

Toronto Maple Leafs announced the team has signed forward Rodion Amirov to a three-year entry level contract for the 2021-22 season

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Thursday that the team has signed forward Rodion Amirov to a three-year entry level contract for the 2021-22 season. His season with Ufa is now complete, thus Amirov will be joining the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs development program after visa and quarantine requirements are met. 

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Amirov was the 15th overall pick for Toronto in 2020 NHL Draft, but as per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Amirov becomes the latest Leafs prospect to forego performance bonuses in his entry-level contract, which will make him easier to recall to the NHL when he’s ready. Deal includes $92,500 signing bonus and $832,500 NHL/$80,000 AHL salary.

Toronto GM Kyle Dubas released a statement regarding Amirov’s signing:

“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. 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.”

What Will Amirov Offer the Leafs?

There are high hopes for what Amirov will offer the Leafs down the road. Just 19, he skated in 39 games for Salavat Yulaev (KHL) in 2020-21, recording 13 points (nine goals, four assists) to rank third among U20 skaters in the KHL. He played in nine playoff games for the club. He has recorded 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 60 career KHL games, five points (two goals, three assists) in eight career VHL games and 51 points (25 goals, 26 assists) in 60 career MHL games. 

With the signing, the Maple Leafs gets some certainty on his development timeline and Amirov can work more closely with the organization’s staff. Expect the Leafs to loan Rodion Amirov to the KHL for the 2021-22 season. He’ll be back in Russia again in 2022-23 if not on the NHL roster.

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