Ilya Mikheyev assisted on a pair of goals in Toronto's 3-1 win over Arizona on Thursday night. He also posted four shots on goal, one hit and a +2 rating. He's now up to 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 24 games.
Mikheyev skated for 18:32, which was his highest total since back on November 2nd (18:36). He also snapped a streak of eight straight games where he played 15:38 or less. Interestingly, Thursday's boost in ice-time ran parallel to Sheldon Keefe's debut as head coach. Keefe opted to slot Mikheyev on John Tavares' left wing on the Maple Leafs' second line. This is certainly an encouraging development for the 25-year-old Russian as he's shown so far this season that when given the opportunity, he can produce. Mikheyev has skated 15 minutes or more in 16 games so far this season and has 12 points in those games (three goals, nine assists). Comparatively, he has just two points in the eight games he has received less than 15 minutes of ice-time. Simply put, if this ice-time keeps coming and he's out there on your waiver wire, he's worth scooping sooner rather than later.