During his early-season visit to Russia, GM Kyle Dubas met with a couple of upcoming unrestricted free agents.
Per @plysenkov Kyle Dubas had meetings with Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Nesterov while being in Russia. Both will be UFAs next year #LeafsForever
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) October 14, 2019
Both forward Mikhail Grigorenko and defenceman Nikita Nesterov have had their fair share of experience in the NHL, but have found their services unwanted and have signed with their respective KHL teams.
Both players have been in Russia since the 2017-18 season.
For Grigorenko, the former Sabres first-round pick had a mediocre first season for CSKA Moscow but has recently been one of the premier forwards in the league. Since the start of the 2018-19 season, the 25-year-old has scored 22 goals, 67 points in 71 games played.
His most recent seasons in North America were spent being a depth forward for the Colorado Avalanche, averaging just under 14:00 TOI a game. During his time in Colorado, Grigorenko played 149 games to a tune of 16 goals and 50 points — not the most explosive offence, but he was a supplementary player after all.
When it comes to 26-year-old Nesterov, he was originally drafted by the Lightning, but then had a short stint …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation