Offensive-leaning right-handed defenseman with great mobility. Improving his in-zone play and physical game will help bring out his top-four D potential.
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July 2022 – The Los Angeles Kings have selected Salin in the fifth round of the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard
May 2022 – Salin has quietly had a great campaign in Finland, where he figured among only three draft-eligible defensemen to play pro this season. He played six games for HIFK, earning an assist and two penalty minutes in that span. He averaged just over 10 minutes of play at the pro level, whereas he’s had games for HIFK’s U20 squad in which he’s played up to 27 minutes. At the junior level, Salin earned 12 points in 11 games, outpacing all but three forwards on the squad for points per game.
Vision, puck skills and mobility are the name of the game for Salin. His crossover use, his cutbacks, his forwards and backwards skating, all look very solid. He covers lots of ground and doesn’t waste energy, being selective in his rushes up-ice. When he joins the offense, whether in transition or in the offensive zone, he takes calculated risks and has the vision required to identify the right time and place for his incursions, although his manipulation of lanes could use some work. When he finds himself in po