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Miro Aaltonen Returning to KHL

Reported by Darren Dreger on Thursday night, Miro Aaltonen will be returning to the KHL for the 2018-19 season, per his agent.

Putting a dent into many 2018-19 forward line-up predictions, Aaltonen seemed to be in contention for fourth-line center spot.

Aaltonen signed a one-year entry-level contract last summer and spent all season with the Marlies in the AHL. Scoring 20 goals and 43 points in 64 games, Aaltonen played an important role in the Marlies top-6 all season. Predominantly in the playoffs, centering their top line with Andreas Johnsson and Carl Grundstrom.

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Turning 25-years-old last month, Aaltonen isn’t really considered a prospect and has most likely maxed out his potential as a player. He will certainly be a top-tier talent in the KHL, in the 2016-17 season with Vityaz Podolsk, he scored 19 goals and 44 points in 59 games. Certainly earning a shot at making the NHL.

With the rumours swirling of Tavares, and the possibility of Nylander moving to center, Aaltonen surely had to impress in camp to earn a spot on the Leafs roster. He will be missed for his Calder Cup-winning performances, but it’s not a problem in the big picture.

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  • Matmarwill

    I read comments from people who watched the marlies this past season that aaltonen, though having a good 200ft game, was weak on faceoffs (somewhere in the low 40s%) which was likely going to handicap his shot at the 4c job next season, since the buds/babcock would want a good pk/faceoff guy for the 4c. That, combined with the signing of Lindholm was likely the writing on the wall for Miro.

    Oh well, good luck Mr. Aaltonen and thanks for this past season on the marlies.