Well that didn’t take long. The Detroit Red Wings offered Marco Kasper an entry-level deal, inking the 2022 eighth overall pick just days after they selected him.
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today signed center Marco Kasper to a three-year entry-level contract.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 13, 2022
On a day where free agency is expected to be busier for the Red Wings than in years past, it’s the signing of Kasper that generates some major buzz as the Red Wings start their climb out of the rebuild.
Red Wings Like Kasper’s Compete
General Manager Steve Yzerman is careful about the praise he hands out. So his straightforward and honest appraisal of Kasper stands out as the ink dries on today’s deal.
I really like everything about the way he plays,” Yzerman said. “He’s got good size, he’s a good skate. I think he’s got good hockey sense. I think he’s a centerman but I believe he can play anywhere in the forward positions. We just think he’s a really good, solid, all-around hockey player.”
And a good, all-around hockey player is exactly what Detroit needs to proceed out of the rebuild and into a contender status. Though that process won’t happen overnight, Yzerman is targeting some of Detroit’s weaknesses that were exposed last season.
By many accounts, Kasper was considered one of the more NHL ready centers in the draft. Detroit had many options available at eight, but ultimately went with the player they felt best fit the goal going forward.
“He’s really fundamentally sound. Again, I like the way he plays,” Yzerman said. “He plays very simple, he drives to the net, he’ll drive down the wing. He can take the puck to the net. He’ll also pull up and look for the late guy, or he can find a guy through the seams. I just think he’s a good all-around player.”
The Red Wings have another promising prospect locked up. Now the journey, and watch begins on Kasper’s journey to Detroit.