The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone overseas to sign a depth center in Petri Kontiola to a one-year, $1.1 million contract (one-way).

We now know what else Dave Nonis was up to when he visited Finland recently to meet with Leo Komarov. This is a found wallet free agent  if he works out—and if he doesn’t, both parties can go their separate ways without penalty. Why not, right?

Kontiola amassed 112 assists and 175 points in 258 regular-season KHL games for Traktor and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. He put up 130 points in 147 games in the American Hockey League before he went overseas.

The Maple Leafs are building up some depth options at center here. Petri Kontiola, a linemate of Leo Komarov’s in the 2014 World Championships, is a total NHL unknown, but his numbers in the KHL, AHL before he left, and international tournaments (37 points in 46 career games at the IIHF Men’s World Championship; 5 points in 6 games at the Sochi Olympics) are quite good. Tempering expectations, Rickard Wallin also led his team in scoring and he was a dud when he came over to play for Toronto.

This may or may not lay to rest the rumours of David Legwand coming to Toronto; the Leafs would be opting to go with youth and inexperience on their bottom six center group, which is a big leap of faith, if that is the case. More than likely just adding depth center options here, but the 29-year-old Finn appears to be more than just a grinder.

He could also play some wing over here if the Leafs add another center to go along with incumbents Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Peter Holland.

Six NHL teams were reportedly courting Kontiola, who is a former seventh round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Petri Kontiola Video Highlights

Petri Kontiola Statistics

Kontiola is a smart center with great passing ability and playmaking skills. Has decent speed, but could shoot the puck more.
- Erik K. Piri, EP (2010)
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM+/- Postseas.GPGA
1999-00S-Kiekko U16Jr. C SM-sarja133146|
2001-02Tappara U18Jr. B SM-sarja225388|Playoffs210
2002-03Tappara U20Jr. A SM-liiga367101712|Playoffs833
2003-04Tappara U20Jr. A SM-liiga1231215810|Playoffs1044
Suomi U20 LoanMestis61124-7|
Finland U20WJC-20711221|
2004-05Tappara U20Jr. A SM-liiga11010|
2007-08Chicago BlackhawksNHL1205565|
Rockford IceHogsAHL661850683217|Playoffs1255
2008-09Rockford IceHogsAHL61153853223|
Iowa ChopsAHL204598-9|
2009-10Metallurg MagnitogorskKHL5471522246|Playoffs1022
2010-11Metallurg MagnitogorskKHL541434483618|Playoffs1626
2011-12Traktor ChelyabinskKHL531522373417|Playoffs1636
Finland (all)International21145125|
2012-13Traktor ChelyabinskKHL441219315122|Playoffs25109
Finland AWC10881686|
Finland (all)International301120|
2013-14Traktor ChelyabinskKHL5315223734-11|
Finland (all)International2161218249|
2014-15Traktor ChelyabinskKHL-----|

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