Robin Salo

New York Islanders
Photo courtesy of Yle.fi

Fantasy Summary

Good two-way defenseman with offensive upside


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 13, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 2; Overall: 46

Observations

March 2019 – After a major setback last season with only five points in 43 games, Salo returned to his usual form with 16 points in 56 games this season in the Liiga. At just 20 years old, Salo is expected to spend a couple of more seasons at least in Finland. While it could be a while before Islanders fans see him in New York, he could make an impact at both ends if he can continue to grow as a two-way defenseman. Salo is a perfect mold of the new school defenceman, which is an above-average skater who can move the puck with ease. It will be important to monitor his offensive growth in Finland in the coming years before you take a chance in your fantasy league. Nate Duffett

January 2018 – Despite being under the weather in the lead-up to the tournament, Salo was named to Finland’s 2018 World Juniors squad. The Finns’ roster was probably about as top-heavy on defense as any team in the event. As a result, Salo played just 20 shifts and 13 minutes in the entire tournament. After 16 points in 54 games last year in Liiga play, the 2017 second round pick has just three assists halfway through this season. Salo doesn’t offer much fantasy upside in any format, no matter the depth of the league. Michael Farkas

June 2017 – Salo played his first full season of pro hockey in Finland with Sport in the Liiga league. He had played a few games over the past two years but broke the roster on a full time basis in his draft year and played good minutes. He was limited to just one goal but had 16 points in total. Salo has a good shot but is better at distributing the puck and plays an all-around game. Skating needs to improve as his stride isn’t very smooth but relies on his positioning and smarts to be effective defensively. Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Sport U16 Jr. C I-divisioona Q 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sport U16 Jr. C II-divisioona 8 0 2 2 0 |          
 2012-2013 Sport U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 4 4 8 2 |          
  Sport U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 28 4 11 15 16 |          
 2013-2014 Sport U17 Jr. B2 SM-sarja 3 2 2 4 2 |          
  Sport U18 Jr. B Mestis 25 4 7 11 8 |          
  Sport U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 18 4 1 5 8 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 4 0 1 1 2 |          
 2014-2015 Sport U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 45 10 16 26 32 |          
  Sport Liiga 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U17 WHC-17 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 10 0 0 0 4 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 7 0 0 0 0 |          
 2015-2016 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 2 0 2 2 |          
  Sport U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 27 10 7 17 8 |          
  Sport Liiga 16 0 0 0 0 |          
  Hermes Mestis 7 1 0 1 18 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1 0 1 2 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 4 1 0 1 0 |          
 2016-2017 Sport Liiga 54 1 15 16 14 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 11 0 1 1 10 |          
 2017-2018 Sport Liiga 43 0 5 5 14 |          
  Hermes Mestis 2 0 0 0 2 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 16 2 3 5 6 |          
 2018-2019 SaiPa Liiga 57 4 12 16 20 | Playoffs 3 2 0 2

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