Columbus Blue Jackets acquired defender Mikko Lehtonen from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goalkeeper Veini Vehvilainen, the team announced on Friday.
Lehtonen, 27, made his NHL debut this season and has put in three assists with four penalty minutes and 1 plus / minus in nine games. He will join the Blue Jackets taxi squad after clearing quarantine and obtaining a work visa.
Maple Leafs signed Finland on a one-year contract in May 2020 after spending his career in the Continental Hockey League and the Swedish Hockey League. He was a member of the Finnish Olympic Team 2018.
Also from Finland, the 24-year-old Vehvilainen played his only NHL game in his career on March 4 in Dallas and stopped three of four shots at 10:40 ice time.
The Blue Jackets selected him in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. He played in 132 careers in Liiga with TYPE, Sport and Karpat and posted a 67-37-24 record with 2.00 goals against the average, 923 save percentage and 14 suspensions.
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