There is still a lot going on in the Kontinental Hockey League with the postseason still in progress, but some players already need to focus on the decision they will take for their career going forward. While for some players and agents it is quite the puzzle to try and figure out the right move, one situation seems just perfect for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are facing the Boston Bruins tonight in the first matchup of Round 1 in the Eastern Conference.
According to Hockey Buzz and KHL insider Aivis Kalnins, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Yegor Korshkov is looking at his options for next season and it has been reported per business-online, a Russian news site - that the young winger isn't expected to return to play with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Kalnins tried his best to dig some more into the report and after reaching out to multiple people familiar with the situation, a source informed the KHL reporter that Korshkov will be exploring the possibility of signing with the Maple Leafs over the course of the summer.
The forward made the KHL at 18 years old, and was primarily known for leading the second-place Russians in scoring at the 2016 World Juniors before he was drafted. He also had a pretty successful full rookie season in the KHL, finishing with 12 points through 41 games. He just played 24 games the year before when he knew a slower start. This past regular season, he managed to record eight goals and 26 points in 54 contests, but he was however pointless in four playoff games.
21-year-old forward will be a free agent in the KHL on April 30th and will be able to make his decision official with the KHL and the Leafs, who drafted him in the second round, 31th overall during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Kalnins noted that while it all up still in the air and nothing is set in stone, he expected that the Maple Leafs could count on Korshkov for some scoring depth going forward, and that in the meantime, he would be a great addition to the Toronto Marlies.
As it stands now, the Leafs have Patrick Marleau, James van Riemsdyk, Leo Komarov, and Matt Martin down the left side, and it seems unlikely that van Riemsdyk and Komarov return to Toronto with the cap space puzzle they have ahead of them with William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews all set to sign lucrative contract extensions.
The Leafs’ prospect depth at left wing is thin and Korshkov could be a great fit going forward.