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#9 Vili Saarijarvi
Pos: D
D.O.B.: 5/15/97
From: Rovaniemi, Fin
Height: 5'10
Weight: 165
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2015 draft 3rd rnd, 73rd overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed 3 yr contract with Detroit (NHL) 7/3/15
Plus: offensively creative... Mobile puck carrier... Powerplay quarterback... High energy, motor never quits, plays with high pace...
Minus: Undersized for an NHL defender... Needs to get stronger... Has been a bit injury prone partially due to small frame... Defensive game needs work...
Organizational Comments: Wings Asst GM Ryan Martin "The complete package - size, strength, competitiveness, hockey sense and skill, There's not really one thing that he doesn't do very well. I think his skating's got to maybe come a little bit. It's not bad by any means but I think it wil come with strength. He's committed. This kid is a character kid. Hockey means everything to him and his family. He was just too good for us to pass up."
What GRC says: Fall 2017 One of the rookie blueliners looking to take a regular shift on the Griffins blueline, Saarijarvi is an undersized offensive powerhouse who never stops moving, playing with incredible pace. He also uses his smarts to play a solid defensive game, using good positioning and skating to make up for his lack of stature. The gifted freshman has been a standout at every level he has played, and should pile up points on the Griffins powerplay.

Role: Offensive Defenseman
Projection: 3-4 defender


7/3/15 Signed 3 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
3/24/16 Reassigned from Flint (OHL)
3/28/16 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
4/11/16 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
5/17/17 Reassigned by Detroit (NHL) from Mississauga (OHL)
5/28/17 Reassigned by Detroit (NHL) to Mississauga (OHL)
10/1/17 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/10/17 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)