Robin Salo..............Knight's 2016 Import Draft Pick
ROBIN SALO: Finland
BIRTHYEAR 1998-10-13 BIRTHPLACE Espoo, FIN
AGE 18 NATION Finland
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6'0" WEIGHT 84 kg / 185 lbs
NHL DRAFT Top Prospect eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
RANKINGS Ranked #34 by Future Considerations
Ranked #20 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
2016-17 Sport Liiga 54Games 1G 15A 16Points 14PIM
Finland U20 11Games 0G 1A 1Points 10PIM
Sport Liiga is the top Pro Hockey League in Finland.
Salo played full season for Sport Liiga 2016-17 and parts of 2015-16 and 2014-15
Finnish defender with prototypical size, who plays a solid and steady game with good positioning, good reads and a quick stick. At this juncture doesnít project as impact up ice offensive performer, but has many tools that are on an uptick. He is a solid stickhandler and can handle the reception of hard passes even on the fly. Doesnít rush in his end when the puck comes to him for its trek back to the offensive side; he will start his feet moving before trying to rush it off his stick if there is the time to start moving out. He then finds the best outlet into the attack zone. has upside with time.
2016-10-07 at Sport - Tappara, Liiga by Asko Huuki
Salo is not the flashiest player on ice but his defensive skills are impressive for a player of his age. He already looks solid in menís league, positions himself well and even shows some grit and willingness to play physical game. However Salo could add some power to his skating as he seems bit slow at times. While his offensive skills are somewhat limited, he is capable of decent passing play and the defender even got two assists against Tappara.
2016-10-12 at Ilves - Sport by Miika Arponen
Salo played once again a solid game with TOI of 18:20. He didnít look at all out of place among grown-up professionals. His skating looks a bit clumsy at times, but he isnít slow in any way and joined the rush a few times in this game. He was put on the ice at the end when Sport hunted for the equalizer with an extra attacker, which was a good move by the coach, because Salo assisted the equalizing goal.
Sometimes Salo still overplays situations especially when he sees an opportunity to a turnover, but his defensive awareness is still high quality. His gap control is excellent and he can defend well both with his stick and with his body.
2017-02-16 at SaiPa - Sport, Liiga by Asko Huuki
Salo once again played for almost twenty minutes. He has progressed well during the season. Defender still has work to do with his skating and he isnít agile enough in quick transitions. However on the own end he is already one of the best players on his teams because he wins majority of his board battles and he also has excellent gap control. Salo also seems more and more comfortable with the pace of Liiga. While defender plays simple game, he plays with the puck and joins the rush more often compared to the beginning of season. If he continues to develop at this pace, he should become really good two-way defender.
References: https://finnprospects.com/player/robin-salo/ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=197821
Personally Iam getting tired of all the American Knights.
London dominates because of Americans. They'd be a good team regardless, but being able to convince Americans to play in the OHL (which few other CHL teams can do) is what separates them year after year.
They combine that with a steady stream of Ontario players as well. Most of their 1-3 round picks are from Ontario, and then they usually go for a good American in the 4th round (same thing happened this year, although Perrott is an American with Dual-Citizenship).
I don't think it is the job of Canadian junior hockey to develop Canadian players. It is a business. If development of Canadian players was important, there would be a model similar to the USNTDP. There isn't.
CHL teams get paid to win and develop NHL players.
Mitch Marner............World Championships for Canada
Article: Cary Byron
This should be great news for Toronto Maple Leaf fans who have an extended opportunity to see Marner play this season.
The experience for Marner should only continue to bolster his development as a player and provide him with the opportunity to
line up alongside other established NHL veterans. Other Maple Leaf players have decided to call it a year and get some much-needed rest,
but Marner clearly has more left in the tank.
Marnerís Rookie Campaign:
Marner finished fourth in rookie scoring this season, notching 61 points (19 goals/42 assists) in 77 games during his rookie campaign.
It could be argued that in any other year Marner, and many other rookies, would have been a front-runner for the Calder Trophy.
However this year we have seen such an influx of highly skilled rookie standouts who all had very impressive seasons.
Marner put up decent numbers in his first NHL playoff stint though, contributing 4 points (1 goal/3 assists) in the 6 playoff games.
The lack of space and more brute style of playoff hockey is a difficult adjustment for many. http://editorinleaf.com/2017/04/26/t...eading-worlds/