SKA Hockey Club have signed a contract with Finnish national team defenseman and world champion Mikko Lehtonen. The agreement runs for four seasons until 30 April 2025. Lehtonen is joining SKA as a result of a trade with Jokerit Helsinki, with the Finnish organisation receiving monetary compensation and the KHL rights to defenseman Brennan Menell. Lehtonen will wear the number 46 on his jersey with SKA.
Mikko Lehtonen is a defenseman born on 16 January 1994. He stands 182 centimeters tall and weighs 89 kilograms. Mikko progressed through the TPS Turku system, also competing for KooKoo, Tappara Tampere and HV71 before subsequently moving to Jokerit in 2019. In the KHL, Mikko has made 83 appearances so far, contributing with 70 (26+44) points and a +31 plus/minus rating. He was the most productive defenseman in the 2019/2020 KHL campaign. During the 2020/2021 season, he terminated his contract with Jokerit, moving to the NHL where he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets. At international level, Mikko has represented the U18, U20 and senior Finnish national teams. Mikko won the 2014 World Junior Championship and the 2019 World Championship, while also participating in the 2018 Olympic Games. He was included in the Team of the Tournament at the 2019 World Championship. Overall, he has played in 52 games for the senior Finnish national team, registering 27 (8+19) points.