In an announcement that threw a lot of people for a loop, a hard-nosed, big body presence best known by Leafs fans by being a relatively recent draft pick for the team signed a contract with Jokerit last week.

But enough about Viktor Loov. A taller, younger, more-right handed, and more-Finnish Eemeli Rasanen (ranked 15th in my pre-season Leafs prospect pool project) also signed a two-year contract with everyone’s favourite Finnish KHL team, not long after his OHL season ended and he reported to the Marlies to play (read: practice) out an end-of-season Amateur Tryout.

This is a pretty unique development path for both the player and team, particularly because we’re talking about a player that’s never played under the Russian developmental umbrella. With that in mind, let’s break down how this benefits everyone.

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