Ilya Mikheyev

Ilya Mikheyev has some work to do this offseason

Welcome to the TLN Year in Review series on the Leafs players. One by one we’ll go through the entire roster and assess what went right and what went wrong for each player last season and what we think the futre holds for them. Today’s article features souperman Ilya Mikheyev.
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Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: One of each in loss

Mikheyev scored a goal on three shots and added an assist in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Jets. Mikheyev set up Pierre Engvall's opening tally in the first period, then scored one of his own in the second. The 26-year-old Mikheyev finished 2020-21 with seven goals and 18 points in 54 contests, a slight disappointment after he racked up 23 points in only 39 outings last year. The Russian winger will likely continue to see middle-six minutes in the postseason.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Production suppressed down lineup

Mikheyev has a single assist in his last nine games and no goals in 10. Mikheyev still plays an important bottom-six role for the Leafs, but his fantasy value is nil right now. He has real talent, but it's suppressed when he plays down the lineup. Mikheyev's fantasy worth would rise if he could skate on the second line, but the team's depth prevents that.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Gets assist in return

Mikheyev (undisclosed) picked up an assist Saturday in a 4-1 win over the Jets. Mikheyev had sat out two games and while the helper came on an empty-net goal, it still counts the same. He's best-served in fantasy if he gets time on a scoring line, but the Buds are too deep to guarantee Mikheyev that kind of playing time. Glad to see him get the helper, though.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Ready to rock

Mikheyev (undisclosed) will play in Saturday's game against the Jets. Mikheyev will return after two games in the press box. He's set to skate on the third line with Alex Kerfoot and Wayne Simmonds as he aims to build on the 15 points he accrued through the first 45 games.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Unavailable against Winnipeg

Mikheyev (undisclosed) isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Jets per the NHL's official media site. Mikheyev came into the game deemed a game-time decision for the clash, but the undisclosed issue will hold him out of his second straight game. With the 26-year-old sidelined, look for Pierre Engvall to enter the lineup in his absence.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Game-time call

Mikheyev (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup with the Jets, David Alter of The Hockey News reports. Mikheyev skated on Toronto's third line during Thursday's morning session, but the 26-year-old winger's status against Winnipeg nonetheless won't be confirmed until pregame warmups. He's notched 15 points through 45 contests this season.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: No-go versus Vancouver

Mikheyev (undisclosed) is considered day-to-day ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Canucks, Mark Masters of reports. Mikheyev will miss at least one contest with his undisclosed issue. The 26-year-old winger will be reevaluated ahead of Thursday's game against the Jets.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Questionable for Tuesday

Mikheyev (undisclosed) will be questionable for Tuesday's tilt with the Canucks, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports. Mikheyev has appeared in all 45 games so far this season, scoring six goals and 15 points with a plus-2 rating. It appears that he'll be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Moves up lineup and produces

Mikheyev scored a goal and added an assist Saturday in a 6-5 win over the Senators. Mikheyev stepped onto the second line with John Tavares and Zach Hyman because lines were shuffled to address the absence of William Nylander (COVID-19 protocols). He showed off the skills he flashed last season and is clearly a solid fantasy play while Nylander is out.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Offensive step backwards this year

Mikheyev has just two points -- both goals -- in his last nine games. Mikheyev has taken a significant step backwards, at least in terms of his production. His 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 34 games pales to his rookie work of 23 points in 39 games. Mikheyev has performed well in a defensive role and has been a versatile presence in the lineup, but he doesn't move the fantasy needle much.

Snake-bit Maple Leafs’ Ilya Mikheyev Finally Bites the Snake Back

Ilya Mikheyev has been snake-bit all season. And, it’s not as if he hasn’t had his chances. That’s especially true on the penalty kill where it seems as if he’s had about 15 breakaways without scoring a goal. In fact, his scoring this season has been way down. And that...

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: On modest three-game point streak

Mikheyev collected an assist, three shots on goal and three hits in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Canucks. Mikheyev has gotten on the scoresheet in each of the last three contests. The 26-year-old winger is up to eight points, 48 shots on net and 23 hits through 25 contests. He's worth a look for DFS while he's hot, but season-long fantasy managers can likely pass him by for now.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Collects third goal of year

Mikheyev notched a goal on two shots and had a pair of hits in Wednesday's 6-1 win over Edmonton. The 26-year-old sophomore found a rebound in front and swept a backhander past Edmonton goalie Mike Smith to extend Toronto's second-period advantage to 4-0. It was the third goal of the season for Mikheyev, who skated on Toronto's third line with Zach Hyman and Pierre Engvall.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Manages helper

Mihkeyev produced an assist and four shots on goal in Monday's 3-0 win over the Oilers. Mikheyev had the secondary assist on the opening tally by Zach Hyman. The 26-year-old Mikheyev snapped a four-game point drought with the helper. The Russian winger hasn't found much scoring consistency in his third-line role -- he has six points and 43 shots on net in 23 appearances.
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Toronto Maple Leafs: Ilya Mikheyev Is About to Heat Up

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been killing their competition in the North Division this year, despite a slow start from one of their top wingers. Ilya Mikheyev started the season on the third line with Alex Kerfoot and Zach Hyman but has been promoted to the second-unit with William Nylander and John Tavares due to injuries. This is familiar territory for the 26-year-old, who shared a lot of ice with those two last season.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: Provides helper Monday

Mikheyev notched an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 3-1 win over the Canucks. Mikheyev set up Alex Kerfoot at 9:33 of the third period, just 11 seconds after Auston Matthews' go-ahead goal. It's been a slow start to the year for Mikheyev, who has only three assists to go with 20 shots on net and an even plus-minus rating in 13 appearances.

Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev: No goals in first 10 games

Mikheyev has two assists and 16 shots, but no goals, in the first 10 games of the season. He is the only Leafs forward that has played in every game that is without a goal so far. Mikheyev is big and fast, so he can use those tools to draw penalties and force the play. The goals should come -- he had eight in 39 games last year before suffering a wrist injury.