Blue Jackets make trade to get Mikko Lehtonen from Maple Leafs

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Canada’s Sam Reinhart checks Finland’s Mikko Lehtonen, from left, during the Ice Hockey World Championships final match between Canada and Finland at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

COLUMBUS (AP/WCMH) — The Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Mikko Lehtonen from the Toronto Maple Leafs for goaltender Veini Vehvilainen.

Lehtonen, a 27-year-old rookie, skated in his first NHL game on Jan. 18 against Winnipeg and earned his first career assist on Jan. 30 at Edmonton.

He will join the Jackets’ taxi squad after securing a work visa and clearing COVID-19 quarantine.

Vehvilainen, 24, made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets on March 4 at Dallas.

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