Veeti Miettinen selected in the sixth round by Toronto. Photo Courtesy of lastwordonhockey.com
This past NHL season had an interesting ending to say the least. With the Tampa Bay Lighting taking the Stanley Cup Final and this one of a kind season coming to the close. The NHL looks to not miss a beat moving into the next season as the NHL Entry Draft took place in early October and one Husky found his name on the list.
In the sixth round with the 168th overall pick, incoming freshman Veeti Miettinen was taken off the board by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Miettinen hopes to join the Huskies as soon as possible but is currently waiting to obtain a visa to make it to the Unites States. Miettinen is focusing on online classes while awaiting arrival to St. Cloud.
Miettinen, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound forward is a touch undersized at this level, but his explosiveness and goal scoring ability is what stuck out to SCSU and Toronto. Last season, Miettinen was a star on the Kiekko-Espoo U20 program producing a league high in goals (42) and points (31) in the SM-liiga. His high level of play set league record for most goals in a career (80) and most goals in a season (42) which he achieved last year.
The Maple Leafs held 12 draft picks in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Miettinen is not the only Toronto draft pick with ties to Minnesota as future Gopher Joe Miller was also selected in the sixth round with the 180th pick. Miller has spent the last three seasons with The Blake School in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. Toronto finished this past NHL season with 81 points in the Eastern Conference, which placed them third in the Atlantic division before falling in the first round of the playoffs to Columbus.