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Korshkov walks out on Leafs, will play in KHL

The 23 year old winger returns to Russia.

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This past weekend Russian publication Sport24.ru published a report that indicated Toronto Maple Leafs forward Yegor Korshkov was leaving the team and will return to his native Russia to play for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv.

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As it became known to Sport24, Russian striker Yegor Korshkov, who did not make it to Toronto’s final squad for the NHL playoffs, will continue his career at Lokomotiv.
The 24-year-old striker will return to Yaroslavl for one season on loan. The deal will be officially announced soon, with minor details left to be settled.Korshkov in the 2019/20 season played 1 match for Toronto and scored 1 goal. In the 2018/19 season, he played 19 meetings in the KHL for Lokomotiv and scored 5 (3 + 2) points. [Google Translate]

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman also confirmed the report in his latest 31 Thoughts column. 

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There was a report that Toronto’s Egor Korshkov is going back to the KHL. Word is that it will be a “loan,” so there will be an opportunity for him to play next season. The large number of positive COVID cases on some teams might lead to a delay in the start of that league’s season, too.

The 24 year old forward played just a single game with the Leafs this season, scoring one goal... and I gotta say, it was a pretty nice snipe.

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He also played 44 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies this season scoring 16 goals and 25 points. It should be no surprise though that he's returning to Yaroslavl considering that Korshkov did not make the Leafs' "bubble" roster for the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs and there's no telling when the AHL may resume. The 6 foot, 4 inch, 215 pound left winger played five seasons for Lokomotiv before signing his entry-level contract with the Leafs. He put up an impressive eight goals and 26 points in 52 games with the team in 2017-18. He was originally drafted in the 2nd round (31st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

As Friedman reports, the door is open for Korshkov to rejoin the Leafs or Marlies in 2020-21, but personally I wouldn't be surprised if Korshkov spends the rest of his career in the KHL. He has NHL skill, but given the Leafs' roster makeup it's difficult to see how he factors into things.