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Oliwer Kaski
Pos: D
D.O.B.: 9/4/95
From: Pori, FIN
Height: 6'
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
Drafted: Undrafted
Acquired: Signed to 2-yr contract by Grand Rapids (AHL) 4/3/18
Plus: Tremendous on-ice vision and offensive instincts... A gifted passer with a knack for holding onto the puck until the last second to make a play... Great work ethic... lethal shot terrorized European goaltenders...
Minus: Defensive game still needs work... Unproven against higher levels of competition
Organizational Comments: Wings Dir of Player Assessment Jiri Fischer "It's really impressive how calm he is under pressure. When there's a forechecker coming and he's got the puck, he doesn't panic, he always tries to make a play, tape-to-tape, he really tries to play the puck-possession game."
What GRC says: Summer 2019 The reigning Finish League MVP, Kaski is a low risk, high reward signing for the organization. A dominant offensive defenseman with excellent vision, Kaski also brings some experience with the smaller ice surfaces in North America after having played to seasons of college hockey at Western Michigan University. Kaski should battle for a spot in training camp, and if he doesn't steal a job on the Wings blueine, he should be in the running for the first call-up.

Role: Powerplay Quarterback
Projection: NHL Top Four Defenseman


5/28/19 Signed 1-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)