October 20th, 2020

Toronto Maple Leafs select Russian winger Rodion Amirov in first round of NHL draft


By The Canadian Press on October 6, 2020.

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas watches as training camp opens in Toronto, on Monday, July 13, 2020, ahead of the resumption of the NHL season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Russian winger Rodion Amirov with the 15th overall pick in the NHL draft.

The Leafs acquired the first-round pick this summer in a deal that sent forward Kasperi Kapanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The six-foot Amirov played 21 games in the KHL with Ufa last season, picking up two assists.

The Russian has three goals and two assists in 10 games with Ufa this season.

Amirov was the first Russian picked in Tuesday’s draft.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020.

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