Leafs prospect Veeti Miettinen not ready to sign in Toronto

Julien Trekker
April 6, 2024  (2:02 PM)

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Veeti Miettinen in action with the St. Cloud Huskies.
Photo credit: St. Cloud State University Athletics

Veeti Miettinen, a 6th round pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2020, is apparently not ready to sign with the team.

Selected 168th overall by Kyle Dubas, Miettinen has played the past four years for the St. Cloud Huskies. During his time there, in addition of scoring 118 points in 146 games, he didn't receive a single penalty thoughout those four seasons.
He expressed his gratitude towards St. Cloud and his intention to pursue a professional career in a recent Instagram post.
"Veeti Miettinen won't return to St. Cloud State for a 5th season and will turn pro, he confirmed on IG.

He finishes his NCAA career with 53 goals and 118 points in 146 games. Didn't take a single penalty over 4 seasons.

TBD whether he'll join Marlies or go elsewhere."
"St. Cloud, thank you for the best 4 years of my life. Forever grateful for everyone who has been part of this ride, for the opportunity to wear the St. Cloud State jersey and play in front of the Husky fans. Memories and friendships will last forever🤞🏼❤️ #gohuskies"

6th round pick Veeti Miettinen to walk away from the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.

A new report suggests that Miettinen will turn pro, but won't sign with the Maple Leafs. It has been revealed that he'll likely become a free agent on August 15th.
"Leafs' prospect Veeti Miettinen is turning Pro.

However, the current indication is it won't be with the Leafs. He would be a UFA on August 15th."

"If nothing comes to fruition with TOR here (appears possible) and he's more of an AHL contract candidate, I don't believe anything is stopping him. A few players signed AHL/ECHL deals elsewhere last year before coming off their drafted teams' reserve list."

"But if he's expecting to sift through ELC offers and no one in contention acquires his rights, his next destination will wait until August 15th."
Brad Treliving is known to prefer physically imposing skaters, which could explain the distance between Miettinen and the organization.
Do you think Miettinen will play in the NHL?