Maple Leafs Officially Sign KHL Champ

The Toronto Maple Leafs are preparing to play a must-win matchup against the Boston Bruins in Game 5. If they lose, their season will be over, and another first round exit would surely lead to some big changes during the offseason. 

In preparation for this massive contest, the Maple Leafs have made a roster move, as they have signed Nikita Grebyonkin to a three-year entry-contract that begins immediately. 
There were reports that a Grebyonkin deal could be on the way last week, and now it has officially come to fruition. With it, the Maple Leafs have added to their forward depth. 

Grebyonkin, 21, was selected by the Maple Leafs with the 135th overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-2 forward is coming off of a strong first full season in the KHL with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. In 67 games with the KHL squad, he had 19 goals to go along with 41 points in 67 games. He followed that up with six points in 23 playoff games and, of course, secured the Gagarin Cup. 

Getting Grebyonkin signed to an entry-level contract is notable for the Maple Leafs, as he is a promising young forward prospect who took a big step forward in the right direction this season. 

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