MAPLE LEAFS SIGN RODION AMIROV TO ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Rodion Amirov to a three-year entry level contract for the 2021-22 season. As his season with Ufa is now complete, Amirov will be joining the Marlies and Maple Leafs development program after visa and quarantine requirements are met.
“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. “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.”
Amirov, 19, 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 before skating in nine playoff games for the club. He also appeared in three games for Toros Neftekamsk (VHL) and recorded a goal and an assist and later registered three assists in five playoff games for Tolpar Ufa (MHL). 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.
Internationally, Amirov was an alternate captain for Russia at the 2021 World Juniors and recorded a pair of goals and four assists, earning a fourth place finish. He took home a silver medal and was named a tournament All-Star and a Top 3 Player on Team for Russia at the 2019 World U18 Championships after registering nine points (six goals, three assists) in seven games during the tournament. He also captured a bronze medal at the 2018 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, recording a pair of assists in five games.
Amirov was selected by the Maple Leafs in the first round (15th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft.