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Jesper Lindgren loaned to MODO

Allsvenskan team is his old home club.

Jesper Lindgren when he was drafted.  Will he ever wear a Leafs' jersey for real?
Jesper Lindgren when he was drafted. Will he ever wear a Leafs’ jersey for real?
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MODO of the Swedish second league Allsvenskan is reporting that the Maple Leafs have loaned Jesper Lindgren to the team for next season.

Lindgren spent several years in the MODO system as a junior until moving to Finland for two years to play for HPK in the Liiga. He has played at the SHL level in Sweden for a few games in 2014 - 2016 until the team was relegated. He has one full season in Allsvenskan in 2016-2017, where he had 24 points in 50 games and played a significant role.

The Leafs drafted Lindgren in 2015 in the fourth round. They signed him to an SPC in May of 2018, and he will finish that ELC at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Because he is now 23, this season in Sweden (as long as he plays at least 10 games) counts as a professional season for arbitration rules, and he will be an RFA with arbitration rights in the 2021 NHL offseason. Lindgren played only 31 games for the Marlies this season, due to injuries.

The Leafs have already loaned newly-signed Mikko Lehtonen and Egor Korshkov to their former KHL teams. All of these loans are assumed to have NHL out clauses, so the players can be recalled if the Leafs want them back once they are actually playing next season’s games.

There are a host of players under NHL contract to the Leafs for 2020-2021, who played this season either in junior or the AHL. Many of them are European, and all of them could be eligible for a loan as the European seasons gear up to open in September and October.

The full list with the current assignments looks like this:

Maple Leafs signed juniors/minor leaguers

Name Birthdate Pos 2019/2020 Team 2020/2021 Team Junior Eligible
Name Birthdate Pos 2019/2020 Team 2020/2021 Team Junior Eligible
Mikko Lehtonen Jan 16, 1994 LD Jokerit, KHL Jokerit, KHL
Yegor Korshkov July 10, 1996 RW/LW Toronto Marlies, AHL Lokomotiv, KHL
Jesper Lindgren May 19, 1997 RD Toronto Marllies, AHL MODO, Allsvenskan
Kenny Agostino April 30, 1992 LW Toronto Marllies, AHL
Kalle Kossila April 14, 1993 C Toronto Marllies, AHL
Alexander Barabanov June 17, 1994 RW/LW SKA, KHL
Nic Petan March 22, 1995 LW/RW Toronto Marllies, AHL
Teemu Kivihalme June 14, 1995 LD Toronto Marllies, AHL
Adam Brooks May 6, 1996 C Toronto Marllies, AHL
Joseph Duszak July 22, 1997 RD Toronto Marllies, AHL
Kristians Rubins December 11, 1997 LD Toronto Marllies, AHL
Joseph Woll July 12, 1998 G Toronto Marllies, AHL
Mac Hollowell September 26, 1998 RD Toronto Marllies, AHL
Ian Scott January 11, 1999 G Toronto Marllies, AHL
Timothy Liljegren April 30, 1999 RD Toronto Marllies, AHL
Filip Kral October 20, 1999 D Spokane Chiefs, WHL
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev September 15, 2000 C Peterboroough Petes, OHL Overager
Mikhail Abramov March 26, 2001 C Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL Yes
Nick Robertson September 11, 2001 LW Peterboroough Petes, OHL Yes

If you’re not seeing some names you expect, likely they are expiring RFAs or UFAs who are not currently under contract for the next NHL season.

As more and more players are loaned to European teams, the competition for spots will get tougher. Players already on those teams will move down, then prospects will move back to junior teams, and U20 players might end up on U18 teams instead.

The question of how long these players will stay on these teams is also a very open one. Egor Korshkov should be expected to play most of the season, assuming the KHL even has a season. Several teams collectively decided to cancel all of their preseason games in Moscow today because of COVID-19 concerns in the Russian capital.