The first arbitration filings between Ilya Mikheyev and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been filed showing a $1.7-million discrepancy between what the player and club want.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Leafs offered two-years at $1-million while Mikheyev asked for one-year at $2.7-million.

This year was his first in the NHL where he played in 39 regular season games scoring eight goals and 23 points. In the playoffs, he appeared in five games scoring no points.

The 26-year-old joined the Leafs after playing the last four season with Avangard Omsk in the KHL.

As TLN writer Mark Norman wrote last week, the Leafs have a strong case against Mikheyev in arbitration largely due to the limited number of games played. His 39 games played are the least by any of the 14 players to have their cases heard by an arbitrator since 2014.

His rookie campaign was shortened after sustaining a laceration to his wrist.

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