Kasper Kotkansalo

Detroit Red Wings
Dan Hickling

Fantasy Summary

Reliable third-pairing defender who sees the ice well and makes a solid first pass out of the zone.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 11, 1998
Height 6‘3”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 71

Observations

May 2018 – Kotkansalo took his reliable two-way game to Boston University where he continued to develop and work on his discipline and lateral mobility. While he did not put up a lot of points (two goals and four assists in 40 games played) in his first year with Boston, Kotkansalo has a good and heavy shot and the skills to become a decent offensive contributor at the NHL level. Known as a physical defenceman who sees the ice well and makes a good first pass, Kotkansalo is also a strong skater and closes gaps efficiently.  The Wings will be patient and allow him to continue to develop until he is ready to take the next step. Kotkansalo projects as a potential top-four two-way NHL defenseman and a sleeper candidate down the road. Mark Hillier

 

September 2017 – Drafted by the Red Wings 71st overall in 2017 and a bit of a sleeper pick, Kotkansalo displayed two-way upside and a willingness to play a physical style last season. He often played with a defense-first mentality but he carries the puck well and makes a solid first pass out of the zone. In 2015-2016, Kotkansalo had four goals, 19 points and was a plus-9 in 48 games for the Blues U20 team of the Jr. A SM-Liiga. Last season, he had one goal, 12 points and was plus-12 in 47 games for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. His lack of offensive production can be taken with a grain of salt, as the Stampede were a low-scoring team whose leading scorer had 36 points in 54 games.

After the Red Wings’ development camp in July, Kotkansalo said, “I had a meeting with the GM and the coaches … and we were pretty much on the same page on what are my strengths and what I got to improve on. One thing is skating, like the mobility of the skating, and also getting shots through there so two big things for me.” Kotkansalo will take his reliable play to Boston University. Jameson Ewasiuk


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Finland Selects U13 QC Int PW 4 1 1 2 0 |          
 2012-2013 Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 17 2 1 3 2 | Playoffs 11 1 1 2
  Blues U16 Akatemia Jr. C SM-sarja Q 4 0 2 2 0 |          
  Blues U16 Akatemia Jr. C SM-sarja 16 1 12 13 6 |          
 2013-2014 Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 4 14 18 16 |          
  Blues U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 10 6 7 13 10 | Playoffs 7 2 7 9 24 
  Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Blues U18 Akatemia Jr. B SM-sarja 4 1 1 2 0 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 5 0 3 3 0 |          
 2014-2015 Blues U20 JCWC 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Blues U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 17 4 10 14 10 | Playoffs 9 0 4 4
  Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga - - - - - |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 6 2 2 4 10 |          
 2015-2016 Blues U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 48 4 15 19 36 | Playoffs 6 0 3 3
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 0 0 4 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 6 0 4 4 0 |          
 2016-2017 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 47 1 11 12 43 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 13 2 4 6 8 |          
 2017-2018 Boston Univ. NCAA 40 2 4 6 22 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 17 4 3 7 10 |          
 2018-2019 Boston Univ. NCAA 29 0 9 9 12 |          

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