Detroit Red Wings recall 2022 first-round pick Marco Kasper; he joins them on trip
The Detroit Red Wings announced late Thursday that they have recalled Marco Kasper from Sweden. He flew with them to Winnipeg, where they play Friday.
That's a significant move, because Kasper, 18, is their prize pick from the 2022 draft, selected at No. 8. The native of Austria has spent the 2022-23 season with Rögle, earning 23 points (eight goals), a plus-seven rating and 72 penalty minutes in 52 regular-season games, plus three assists in nine playoff games. His 23 points were the second-most by any skater 20 years of age or younger in Sweden’s top professional league.
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound center also recorded nine points (four goals), a plus-three rating and eight penalty minutes in 10 Champions Hockey League games this season.
The Wings have eight games left in their season.
The Wings made the announcement after Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, after they had departed Little Caesars Arena for Winnipeg, where they play the Jets Friday.
Kasper played the majority of the 2021-22 season with Rögle, tallying 11 points (seven goals) and 17 penalty minutes in 46 regular-season games and six points (three goals) in 13 playoff games. He was a member of Rögle’s CHL-winning squad in 2022, finishing the tournament with six points (two goals) in 12 appearances.
WHO'S THE NEW GUY? Steve Yzerman: This is why I drafted Marco Kasper at No. 8
This is what general manager Steve Yzerman said about Kasper after drafting him last July.
"We like everything about the way he plays," Yzerman said at Bell Centre. "He has good size, he's a good skater, he's got good hockey sense. I think he's a centerman but I believe he can play anywhere at the three forward positions.
"He's not super flashy, he just make the right play. He can make a pass, he's got a good shot, can carry the puck up the ice. He's not flashy, he's very efficient. He's really fundamentally sound. He plays very simple — he drives hard to the net, drives down the wing, can take the puck to the net, and also pull up and look for the late guy. He's an all-around player."
The Wings saw the debut of their 2021 first-round pick, defenseman Simon Edvinsson, on March 18.
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