The Maple Leafs organization issued the following statement regarding the 20-year prospect on Wednesday.
“I regret to inform our fans that Rodion Amirov has been diagnosed with a brain tumour,” general manager Kyle Dubas said in a statement. “Rodion commenced the 2021-22 season with Salavat Ufa of the KHL but suffered an injury to open the season. During the course of his recovery from this injury, he developed some new, unrelated symptoms that required ongoing extensive investigations over the last few months
“Rodion is currently undergoing treatment at a medical facility in Germany and will not return to play for the remainder of the season. Our medical staff has been involved throughout the process alongside Ufa’s and we are in direct contact with the facility on an ongoing basis to monitor his treatment and care. Rodion has the complete support of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and we will continue to ensure he receives the best care possible through this process.”
Toronto drafter Amirov with the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. He spent his first season with Ufa Salavat Yulaev of the KHL in 2020-2021 and clocked nine goals and 13 points in 39 games.