The Toronto Maple Leafs may be close to bringing in one of their prospects as NHL.com’s Igor Eronko reports that Yegor Korshkov is set to sign in Toronto. Korshkov, the Maple Leafs’ second-round pick from 2016, has been playing in the KHL for the last five years with many wondering if he’d ever come over.
Of course, Korshkov who is currently playing with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the second round of the Gargarin Cup playoffs isn’t eligible to sign a contract until the team is eliminated. They are current underdogs in this round to SKA St. Petersburg, but it may still be a few weeks before the Maple Leafs can begin negotiations to bring Korshkov aboard.
The 22-year-old prospect has not put up dominant numbers in his time in the KHL, however, with many people suggesting that the 6-foot-4, 180-pound winger may not live up to having been the first pick in the second round that year. Toronto did pass over several big names that were still on the board at No. 31, including Alex DeBrincat, Carter Hart, Samuel Girard and Jordan Kyrou to name a few.
Korshkov, who has progressed in every year he’s been in the KHL, opted to stay one more season with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. However, the forward was injured on the second game of the season and missed several months, therefore only playing in only 19 games this season, having scored three goals and five points in that span.
While injuries have been a problem throughout Korshkov’s career, the Maple Leafs have high hopes that his size will translate well to the smaller North American rinks. On top of that, he’s been used as a depth forward in the KHL and has never been developed to become a top-six forward, where he could be used in that role if he plays for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL. Both possibilities could suggest that Korshkov could still develop into a solid scorer, other than the fact that he’ll be 23 when next season starts and with the need for at least one full year in the AHL, he likely wouldn’t arrive to the Maple Leafs until he is 24, a little old for a bona-fide prospect.