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Fantasy Summary

Gifted offensive center with strong skating and stickhandling. Needs to improve his defensive game and on-puck habits, but could be a top-six producer at the NHL level.


Observations

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January 2024 – Even though he is considered a center, Kaskimaki spent the majority of the 2024 World Junior Championship playing on the left wing of the second line. It was not catastrophic, but it was still an underwhelming tournament for him. He finished with only four points in seven games, falling short of the expectations for a 19-year-old in this competition. All signs indicate that Kaskimaki will return to the Liiga to continue his development in his home country. Cedrick Blais-Turcotte

October 2023 – After a disappointing last season, Kaskimaki has already made significant progress this year with HIFK. In just 12 games, he not only matched his goal total from the previous year (three), but also increased his shots per game from 1.6 to 2.3. This improvement has already had an impact on his ice time, as he is playing an additional three minutes per game. Although it is still too early to jump to conclusions, it’s undoubtedly a major step taken by the young center. Cedrick Blais-turcotte

 

June 2023 – Kaskimaki’s weight increased by 13 pounds since his 2022 draft, but it did not translate to a better performance on the ice. Last season, in 41 games in the Liiga, Kaskimaki scored only seven points. Despite his reduced role on the team, this was not sufficient. When on the ice, his team only scores eight goals all season, and he did not help that with an awful 4.62 shooting percentage. His playoff performance was a glimmer of hope in an otherwise disappointing season as he equaled his goal tally for the year in just seven games. Cedrick Blais-Turcotte 

 

July 2022 – Kaskimäki was drafted 73rd overall by the St. Louis Blues. Pat Quinn

 

May 2022 – Kaskimäki had a successful draft-year campaign, scoring 19 goals and adding 21 assists in 31 U20 games in Finland and scoring his first two professional points in the Liiga, earning a goal and an assist in four games for HIFK. The prospect also wore an A at the U18 Worlds, scoring four points in six gams for Finland at the tournament.

A high-end skater with good puck skills, Kaskimäki weaves in and out of pressure very well, and mans the transition quite well. He can connect plays at high speeds and make himself an option off the puck, while having the one-on-one skill to be a handful for defenders, especially at the junior level. His defensive game and vision need to come quite a long way for him to stick as a center at the pro level, and projects better as a winger given his strengths and weaknesses, but Kaskimäki is definitely worth a top-75 pick as a result of his high offensive ceiling. Hadi Kalakeche

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type Europe
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 6, 2004
Height 6‘0”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 3; Overall: 73

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2018-2019 Jokipojat U16U16 SM-sarja Q27 17 2037 10|        
  Jokipojat U16U16 SM-sarja18 12 1224 6|Playoffs2 3 14
 2019-2020 Jokipojat U16U16 SM-sarja Q12 9 1423 8|        
  Jokipojat U16U16 SM-sarja6 7 916 4|        
  Jokipojat U18U18 Mestis Q18 22 2648 4|        
  Finland U16 YOG4 0 11 4|        
  Jokipojat U18U18 Mestis7 10 717 4|        
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr17 4 48 10|        
 2020-2021 HIFK U18U18 SM-sarja3 2 02 2|        
  HIFK U20U20 SM-sarja13 1 12 0|        
 2021-2022 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 3 03 2|        
  Finland U18 EYOF4 2 35 2|        
  HIFK U18U18 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs2 1 01
  HIFK U20U20 SM-sarja31 19 2140 20|        
  HIFKLiiga4 1 12 0|        
  Finland U18WJC-186 1 34 0|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr20 9 817 6|        
 2022-2023 HIFK U20U20 SM-sarja4 1 45 0|        
  HIFKLiiga41 3 47 4|Playoffs7 3 14
  Finland U20WJC-205 0 00 0|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr13 1 23 4|        
 2023-2024 HIFKLiiga43 9 615 14|        
  Finland U20WJC-207 2 24 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr6 1 01 2|        

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