Kasper Kotkansalo

Height / Weight
6' 2" / 190 lbs
November 16th 1998 (24)
NHL 2017 mock draft
Draft Type Round Pick Team
Projection 3 71
Big mobile defender who had an entire year of injuries that hampered his growth and confidence. He has soft hands to make those tricky saucer passes, and sees the cross-ice feeds in the attack zone. He use the toe drag to freeze defenders, opening space on the power play. Exits his defensive zone on carries and forcefully enters the attack zone. Has lots of jam and knocks opponents off the puck, closes down hard on the wall, and ties up attackers in front --
all inside the rules. Has good awareness in his end and a hard one-timer he lets go on the power play. After being injured, you can make an argument he was not being played to his strengths. There is still pro potential there. Committed to Boston University.

—Bill Placzek—
Player ranking
Year Rank
2017 58