WATCH: Who is Rodion Amirov? Breaking down the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first pick and the opening round of the NHL draft

The NHL’s 2020 draft got underway Wednesday night and aside from the new virtual format and a cameo from Alex Trebek, it went mostly as expected, with a few fireworks.

The New York Rangers chose Canadian Alexis Lafrenière as the first overall pick, Quinton Byfield went second to the Los Angeles Kings, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as reported earlier, kept theirs at No. 15. However, their pick, speedy Russian forward Rodion Amirov, may have had the Leafs fan base asking, “Who?”

In the latest episode of “Indoor Recess,” Star hockey reporter Kevin McGran and digital producer Justin Smirlies discuss the newest addition to the Leafs, Kyle Dubas’ comments on Frederik Andersen and what options Toronto has for a right-handed defenceman.

Plus, we hear a little bit of Kevin’s experience from when he covered the 2013 world juniors in Ufa, Russia, the current home of Amirov in the KHL.

You can watch it here:

Star hockey reporter Kevin McGran and digital producer Justin Smirlies talk about how the NHL Draft went and what the Leafs could do next. Plus, a little bit of Russian storytelling from Kevin.

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