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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2020, 10:16:49 PM »

He'll be the third Mikko Lehtonen in the NHL. There's also been a Mikko Lahtinen and Miikka Lehtonen.
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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2020, 10:29:29 PM »

He'll be the third Mikko Lehtonen in the NHL. There's also been a Mikko Lahtinen and Miikka Lehtonen.

Kari Lehtonen’s kid is also Mikko but he’s much more smol
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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #32 on: May 05, 2020, 09:29:39 AM »
https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/mikko-lehtonens-versatility-shake-maple-leafs-defence/
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Although Kyle Dubas wouldn’t commit to a pairing or position for his latest European prize in 2020-21, the general manager underscored Lehtonen’s versatility as a bonus.

“I played in Sweden a whole season on the right side [with HV71 Jonkoping in 2018-19], so it’s not important to me. Doesn’t matter, right or left side, I’m OK with both. Actually, sometimes I like more right side,” Lehtonen said on a conference call Monday.

https://theathletic.com/1792789/2020/05/05/the-video-scouting-report-on-new-maple-leafs-defenceman-mikko-lehtonen/
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Lehtonen played alongside three primary defence partners this season: righty Alex Grant and lefties David Sklenicka and Viktor Loov. What’s noteworthy about that is that with both Loov and Sklenicka, Lehtonen played the majority of his shifts on the left side. Though Lehtonen does have some experience on his off-side he can lean on if the Leafs ask, it’s definitely worth noting that he wasn’t asked to do that in the KHL, despite playing on a team that also had a predominantly left-handed defence. His ability to play his off-side could dictate his ability to win minutes with the Leafs.

Lehtonen can also kill penalties. It’s easy to look at his production, assume he was deployed in offensive situations and wonder whether he’ll be able to help out a power play that ranked 21st in the NHL this season. He’s not a big shot-blocker, but he can hold his own on the penalty kill.

I’ll be interested to see what he weighs in at with the Leafs because, despite the fact he’s only 6-foot, he looks heavy out there and he plays like it too. And that has helped him defensively in recent years.

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The one quality of his game that stands out is his long-range, one-timer. This is something the Leafs have lacked in recent years. Though Morgan Rielly led all NHL defencemen in goals two years ago, he did it with a wrister. And though Tyson Barrie has long been one of the NHL’s more prolific scoring defencemen, he has done it more as a volume shooter than as a shot threat. Lehtonen’s game definitely resembles Barrie’s in the shot-volume category. He shoots a little too much and that was reflected in his 184 shots on goal (second among all KHL defencemen) this season.
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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2020, 09:33:51 AM »
It appears RHDs don't exist anywhere on this planet.

I actually wonder how many Crazy Hockey Dads are giving their kids right-handed sticks when they first start to play for this reason.

On a whole, there's not many right handed players any more. Probably 2 or 3 to 1, Lefties to Righties on any team I've every coached. Out of 15 skaters this past season I had 2. Both forwards. The year before I had 3. All defence.
I've heard it said that the earlier a kid starts the more likely they are to be left handed. It has something to do with younger kids preferring their dominant hand at the top and older kids naturally putting it mid stick, and most people are right hand dominant.

The study was done to understand why traditionally Canada produces more lefties and the rest of the world always had more righties. That's changing now though, even in Canada kids are starting earlier than they used to. Most people I know started their kids at 3 years old. Mine started at 4 and even that seemed earlier than necessary. I started at 5 when I was little, but there's real pressure to get them going as soon as they can.

My daughter started skating at 3 and playing at 4. I gave her a straight stick at all times(road hockey, hitting a ball around the recroom, etc; ) She appeared to be leaning towards being right handed shot, but once we put her on the ice with a stick, she flipped to the left side.

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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #34 on: May 05, 2020, 09:35:49 AM »
It appears RHDs don't exist anywhere on this planet.

I actually wonder how many Crazy Hockey Dads are giving their kids right-handed sticks when they first start to play for this reason.

On a whole, there's not many right handed players any more. Probably 2 or 3 to 1, Lefties to Righties on any team I've every coached. Out of 15 skaters this past season I had 2. Both forwards. The year before I had 3. All defence.
I've heard it said that the earlier a kid starts the more likely they are to be left handed. It has something to do with younger kids preferring their dominant hand at the top and older kids naturally putting it mid stick, and most people are right hand dominant.

The study was done to understand why traditionally Canada produces more lefties and the rest of the world always had more righties. That's changing now though, even in Canada kids are starting earlier than they used to. Most people I know started their kids at 3 years old. Mine started at 4 and even that seemed earlier than necessary. I started at 5 when I was little, but there's real pressure to get them going as soon as they can.

https://www.purehockey.com/c/why-are-so-many-hockey-players-left-handed

Some interesting stats in there.

My admittedly old-timer theory is that when when my generation were kids, the majority of sticks were right handed, and basically, sticks were passed down and we learned to use whatever was available. On my old-timer team, I'd say 75% of us are right shots.

Kids now often seem to get new equipment to start the sport, or at least, have more choice in the matter.

I'm not sure how true that is. I always recommend giving a kid a straight stick to start and letting them choose. You can tell almost immediately which side they prefer.
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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #35 on: May 05, 2020, 09:47:15 AM »
It appears RHDs don't exist anywhere on this planet.

I actually wonder how many Crazy Hockey Dads are giving their kids right-handed sticks when they first start to play for this reason.

On a whole, there's not many right handed players any more. Probably 2 or 3 to 1, Lefties to Righties on any team I've every coached. Out of 15 skaters this past season I had 2. Both forwards. The year before I had 3. All defence.
I've heard it said that the earlier a kid starts the more likely they are to be left handed. It has something to do with younger kids preferring their dominant hand at the top and older kids naturally putting it mid stick, and most people are right hand dominant.

The study was done to understand why traditionally Canada produces more lefties and the rest of the world always had more righties. That's changing now though, even in Canada kids are starting earlier than they used to. Most people I know started their kids at 3 years old. Mine started at 4 and even that seemed earlier than necessary. I started at 5 when I was little, but there's real pressure to get them going as soon as they can.

My daughter started skating at 3 and playing at 4. I gave her a straight stick at all times(road hockey, hitting a ball around the recroom, etc; ) She appeared to be leaning towards being right handed shot, but once we put her on the ice with a stick, she flipped to the left side.

I just felt being a right shot was natural but it really makes no sense since I catch left, I should be a left shot (especially if you wanted to be a goalie). Also strong hand should be on the butt end. Ah whatever!
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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #36 on: May 05, 2020, 09:56:33 AM »
Athletic: "Lehtonen played alongside three primary defence partners this season: righty Alex Grant and lefties David Sklenicka and Viktor Loov"

Sportsnet: Lehtonen's "main defensive partner with Jokerit was Sami Lepisto"

Toronto media writing about players they didn't know existed 4 days ago is fun.

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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #37 on: May 05, 2020, 01:35:48 PM »
It appears RHDs don't exist anywhere on this planet.

I actually wonder how many Crazy Hockey Dads are giving their kids right-handed sticks when they first start to play for this reason.

On a whole, there's not many right handed players any more. Probably 2 or 3 to 1, Lefties to Righties on any team I've every coached. Out of 15 skaters this past season I had 2. Both forwards. The year before I had 3. All defence.
I've heard it said that the earlier a kid starts the more likely they are to be left handed. It has something to do with younger kids preferring their dominant hand at the top and older kids naturally putting it mid stick, and most people are right hand dominant.

The study was done to understand why traditionally Canada produces more lefties and the rest of the world always had more righties. That's changing now though, even in Canada kids are starting earlier than they used to. Most people I know started their kids at 3 years old. Mine started at 4 and even that seemed earlier than necessary. I started at 5 when I was little, but there's real pressure to get them going as soon as they can.

My daughter started skating at 3 and playing at 4. I gave her a straight stick at all times(road hockey, hitting a ball around the recroom, etc; ) She appeared to be leaning towards being right handed shot, but once we put her on the ice with a stick, she flipped to the left side.

I just felt being a right shot was natural but it really makes no sense since I catch left, I should be a left shot (especially if you wanted to be a goalie). Also strong hand should be on the butt end. Ah whatever!

I was a goalie. I throw with my right/catch with my left. My right is my dominant hand and it's the hand I hold the stick with. I shoot left(right hand as control hand on stick).

I really have no theory as to why right handed players numbers are down. Perhaps so much more focus is being put on the flex of sticks when shooting.  :-\

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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #38 on: May 06, 2020, 12:16:53 PM »
I just watched the Athletic tape review of Lehtonen, he is not flashy at all, the word I would use is "Steady", very collected with the puck and makes the short pass very well, although he can stretch it when he needs to.  Excellent puck carrier. I think he will settle things down out there.  Hope he can play the RHS, like to see him paired with Rielly.
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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2020, 04:59:23 PM »
I just watched the Athletic tape review of Lehtonen, he is not flashy at all, the word I would use is "Steady", very collected with the puck and makes the short pass very well, although he can stretch it when he needs to.  Excellent puck carrier. I think he will settle things down out there.  Hope he can play the RHS, like to see him paired with Rielly.

I saw the clips too.  A bunch of point shots, skating the puck up through relatively open ice to the opposing blue line and dumping it in.  Is he as good as Zaitsev? Better? Worse? I have no idea. I don’t think his offense is going to be any better than Dermott’s though.  He won’t get PP time (or if he does, it’s unlikely to make the pp any better than the next guy) and he won’t score often on those point shots.

How good is his gap control? Can he make a pass when pressured by NHL forwards. Can he prevent passes to the slot? I wish I knew!  But he’s another chance at a decent 4-7 d which is a good thing to have at $950K.

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« Reply #40 on: May 06, 2020, 09:24:37 PM »
I just watched the Athletic tape review of Lehtonen, he is not flashy at all, the word I would use is "Steady", very collected with the puck and makes the short pass very well, although he can stretch it when he needs to.  Excellent puck carrier. I think he will settle things down out there.  Hope he can play the RHS, like to see him paired with Rielly.

I saw the clips too.  A bunch of point shots, skating the puck up through relatively open ice to the opposing blue line and dumping it in.  Is he as good as Zaitsev? Better? Worse? I have no idea. I don’t think his offense is going to be any better than Dermott’s though.  He won’t get PP time (or if he does, it’s unlikely to make the pp any better than the next guy) and he won’t score often on those point shots.

How good is his gap control? Can he make a pass when pressured by NHL forwards. Can he prevent passes to the slot? I wish I knew!  But he’s another chance at a decent 4-7 d which is a good thing to have at $950K.
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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #41 on: May 07, 2020, 10:15:37 AM »
I just watched the Athletic tape review of Lehtonen, he is not flashy at all, the word I would use is "Steady", very collected with the puck and makes the short pass very well, although he can stretch it when he needs to.  Excellent puck carrier. I think he will settle things down out there.  Hope he can play the RHS, like to see him paired with Rielly.

I saw the clips too.  A bunch of point shots, skating the puck up through relatively open ice to the opposing blue line and dumping it in.  Is he as good as Zaitsev? Better? Worse? I have no idea. I don’t think his offense is going to be any better than Dermott’s though.  He won’t get PP time (or if he does, it’s unlikely to make the pp any better than the next guy) and he won’t score often on those point shots.

How good is his gap control? Can he make a pass when pressured by NHL forwards. Can he prevent passes to the slot? I wish I knew!  But he’s another chance at a decent 4-7 d which is a good thing to have at $950K.

I don't know that the Leafs should be looking for another defencemen to play the PP.

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Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« Reply #42 on: May 07, 2020, 11:21:58 AM »
https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-will-nhl-broadcasts-look-season-resumes/

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18) Boy, were some teams sour at the Maple Leafs landing Finnish defender Mikko Lehtonen. There was a lot of interest. I’d be lying if I said I’ve seen much of him, but his talent is widely respected. Jokerit indicated he had another year left on his contract, so several potential NHL destinations peeled off. Toronto was persistent.

Another team indicated they were told Lehtonen would be let out of his contract if he found a situation he wanted. That fits with a second organization indicating that when Jokerit announced Lehtonen’s release, he already knew where he was going.

"Some teams" lol try a little harder next time Bergevin.

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« Reply #43 on: May 07, 2020, 04:42:51 PM »
I just watched the Athletic tape review of Lehtonen, he is not flashy at all, the word I would use is "Steady", very collected with the puck and makes the short pass very well, although he can stretch it when he needs to.  Excellent puck carrier. I think he will settle things down out there.  Hope he can play the RHS, like to see him paired with Rielly.

I saw the clips too.  A bunch of point shots, skating the puck up through relatively open ice to the opposing blue line and dumping it in.  Is he as good as Zaitsev? Better? Worse? I have no idea. I don’t think his offense is going to be any better than Dermott’s though.  He won’t get PP time (or if he does, it’s unlikely to make the pp any better than the next guy) and he won’t score often on those point shots.

How good is his gap control? Can he make a pass when pressured by NHL forwards. Can he prevent passes to the slot? I wish I knew!  But he’s another chance at a decent 4-7 d which is a good thing to have at $950K.

I don't know that the Leafs should be looking for another defencemen to play the PP.

I agree — his high KHL point totals aren’t really relevant.

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« Reply #44 on: May 08, 2020, 02:14:05 PM »
https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-will-nhl-broadcasts-look-season-resumes/

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18) Boy, were some teams sour at the Maple Leafs landing Finnish defender Mikko Lehtonen. There was a lot of interest. I’d be lying if I said I’ve seen much of him, but his talent is widely respected. Jokerit indicated he had another year left on his contract, so several potential NHL destinations peeled off. Toronto was persistent.

Another team indicated they were told Lehtonen would be let out of his contract if he found a situation he wanted. That fits with a second organization indicating that when Jokerit announced Lehtonen’s release, he already knew where he was going.

"Some teams" lol try a little harder next time Bergevin.

I don't get the "being sour" at the Leafs.  Every team had the same opportunity to court this guy, the Leafs can't help it if your scouts/GM are crappy at wooing guys.