Young Leafs Prospect Explains His Career Move to Russia

Published July 12, 2023 at 5:27 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost a member of their already weak prospect pool to Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Bolting to Russia

Former second round pick Semyon Der-Arguchinstsev decided to leave the Leafs organization and return to his home country after spending the past three years in the AHL.

He conducted an interview stating his reason why he left the Leafs organization.


'SDA' as he is known to Leaf fans, was thought to have a bright future as he put up 40 points in 50 games last year for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL, but with his contract expiring, SDA decided to go back home rather than spend another year in the minors, which he felt he "outgrew".

Longshot to Make Team

SDA was considered highly unlikely to make the Maple Leafs next season, as the team brought in multiple veteran wingers through free agency, which would have blocked SDA from making the club.

Another major factor in this decision was that SDA is undersized by NHL standard weighing only 173 pounds in his five foot ten frame.

Perhaps after seeing fellow undersized Leafs prospect Nick Robertson struggle due to size concerns, SDA make to choice to cut his losses and head home.

The Leafs will retain his rights should he decide to return to North America. Loo
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Young Leafs Prospect Explains His Career Move to Russia

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