2017 NHL Entry Draft

Kasper Kotkansalo

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DETROIT • ROUND: 3 OVERALL: 71

 

Previous Team: Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 95

Vital Statistics

Position: D • Height: 6-1¾ • Weight: 189 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Nov. 16, 1998 • Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: Espoo (Finland U20)
USHL Draft: 2016 by Sioux Falls (Round 2, No. 25 Overall)
USHL Debut: Oct. 8, 2016 (Sioux Falls at Sioux City)
First USHL Goal: March 4, 2017 (Sioux Falls at Des Moines)
NCAA Commitment: Boston University

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Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "A two-way, reliable defender with some offensive upside. He has the sting ability and hockey sense to close gaps extremely well. Backwards skating and balance are both very strong." (Future Considerations)

• "Smooth-skating defenseman with good puck skills. Moves the puck and sees the ice well. Has good awareness in his own zone. Kasper has a good gap defensively and uses his stick well to defend in passing lanes. Has the acceleration to get in the play offensively. Attractive prospect for the NHL." (Jose Charbonneau, ISS Scout)

• "One of those prospects that always seems to play better internationally. ... Lacks offensive upside, but has the size, straight-line quickness and smarts to compete for a bottom-pairing NHL job after attending Boston University." (Recrutes.ca)

• "Coming into the season, he was a guy that I thought could have a good year and possibly be a pretty high pick. He never really got it going and didn’t show much offense. He’s a player who fell down my list." (Mark EdwardsHockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Has soft hands and makes delicate-touch saucer passes off both sides of the blade. Makes great cross-ice feeds in the offensive zone, rushes the puck forcefully, handles it with poise in his own end, and rips hard one-timers on the power play. Uses the body liberally along the walls and easily knocks men off the puck." (Red Line Report)