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7 Facts: Leo Komarov

Get to know the one of the Islanders newest free-agents

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders signed Leo Komarov to a four-year contracton Sunday. The 31-year-old Finn joins the Isles after playing five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2012-13, 2014-18) as well as a lengthy pro career in Finland's Liiga and Russia's KHL. 

He's 5'11, 209 lbs., a left-handed shot and was drafted in 2006 (R6, P 180) by the Leafs. You can also follow him on Twitter at @LKomarov. Get to know one of the newest New York Islanders in this edition of 7 Facts. 


1. HIS STATS:

Komarov has 122 points (52G, 70A) in 327 NHL games, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Komarov's best season came in 2015-16, where he recorded 36 points (19G, 17A) in 67 games, setting career-highs in goals and points. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2016. 

Komarov recorded an additional 110 points (44G, 66A) in 210 KHL games with Dynamo Moscow and 56 points (18G, 38A) 202 games in Liiga with Pelicans and Assat. 


2. HE'S A PHYSICAL PLAYER:

Komarov plays a physical game, racking up 219 hits last season, good for 14th in the NHL. He's been one of the most prolific hitters over the past four years, accumulating 984 hits over that span, which is fourth in the NHL. 


3. HE KILLS PENALTIES: 

Komarov averaged 2:35 SH/TOI last season, the most shorthanded minutes of any Maple Leafs forward, and 2:09 SH/TOI in 2016-17. The Leafs PK has finished 10th in the league in each of the past two seasons, converting 81.4% last year and 82.5% in 2016-17.


4. HE WON A KHL CHAMPIONSHIP:

Komarov won a Gagarin Cup - the KHL title - in 2012 with Dynamo Moscow and recorded seven points (2G, 5A) in 20 playoff games. 

Komarov started the next season with Moscow before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL for the lockout-shortened 2013 season. He played 13 regular games for Dynamo that year and while he didn't play any playoff games, was credited on the champions list as Moscow won another Gagarin Cup in 2013. 

Komarov also played in the 2011 KHL all-star game during his first KHL stint. 


5. HE WON AN OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDAL:

Komarov won a bronze medal with Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The gritty forward was an alternate captain on Finland's Olympic squad. 


6. HE'S WON A LOT INTERNATIONALLY WITH FINLAND:

Komarov won a gold medal with Finland at the 2011 World Championships, silver medals at the 2014 and 2016 World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2006 World Juniors. 


7. HE WAS AN ALTERNATE CAPTAIN IN TORONTO:

Komarov wore an A on his sweater in each of the past three seasons with the Maple Leafs. He was also named an alternate captain on Finland's 2014 Olympic and World Championship teams, as well as Dynamo Moscow (KHL) in 2013-14.

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