An hour after the Detroit Red Wings pulled off a dramatic win on Thursday, the team announced it is recalling top prospect Marco Kasper from Rogle of the Swedish Hockey League.
The Red Wings left late Thursday night for a three-game road trip. The Red Wings didn’t announce what their plans are for Kasper who was their first-round draft pick last summer. He was taken eighth overall.
Kasper said after Rogle was eliminated from the Swedish Hockey League playoffs that he planned to play in North America next season. He turns 19 on April 8, but some scouts believe he has a chance to make the Red Wings next season. If he doesn’t, he will play in the American Hockey League for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Are the Red Wings planning to give him a few games in the NHL this season? Details of his call up probably won’t be known until coach Derek Lalonde meets the media tomorrow..
He would certainly benefit by playing with Detroit or the Griffins this season. The Red Wings have prospects Carter Mazur and William Wallinder playing with the Griffins now. Wallinder, a defenseman, played with Kasper in Rogle. He is expected to make his AHL debut this weekend.
Kasper had a good season for Rogle, scoring eight goals and adding 15 assists for 23 points. He plays an edgy game at center. The Austrian forward totaled 72 penalty minutes.