Red Wings officially sign Finnish defenseman Oliwer Kaski
Detroit — The Red Wings officially announced the signing Tuesday of defenseman Oliwer Kaski to a one-year entry level contract.
Kaski, 23, spent this past season with the Lahti Pelicans in SM-Liga, Finland’s top professional league. In 59 games, Kaski had 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points, ranking sixth overall in scoring.
Kaski (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) won the Lasse Oksanen trophy as the league’s best player during the regular season after leading all defensemen in goals and points.
In three seasons in Finland, Kaski had 73 points (30 goals, 43 assists) in 144 games, with a plus-15 rating and 20 penalty minutes.
Kaski was also on the Finland team which Sunday defeated Canada to win the men’s world championship in Slovakia, earning two assists in 10 games.
A native of Pori, Finland, Kaski played at Western Michigan during the 2015-16 season, earning 12 points (four goals, eight assists) during the season.
Kaski is expected to compete for a spot on the NHL roster.
Also on the personnel front Tuesday, Grand Rapids goalie Harri Sateri is leaving the organization, signing a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk in the KHL.
Sateri played 40 games with the Griffins, with a 22-11-5 record and 2.84 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.
That leaves recently signed Filip Larsson, a 2016 sixth-round draft pick, as the only goaltender on the Griffins roster, depending on whether the Wings decide to bring back goatlender Patrik Rybar, who is a free agent.