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Marco Kasper Makes NHL Debut Tonight in Toronto



Marko Kasper, 2022 NHL enry draft prospect

Prize center prospect Marco Kasper will be in the Detroit Red Wings lineup tonight when they play on the road game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal reports that Kasper, who played in the Swedish Hockey League this season, center a line with Andrew Copp and Lucas Raymond.

This could be the first time fans see four Steve Yzerman first-round picks playing together.  Regulars Moritz Seider (No. 6,  2019) and Lucas Raymond (No. 4, 2020) will be joined by defenseman Simon Edvinsson (No. 6, 2021) and Kasper (No. 8, 2022). The only missing first rounder is goalie Sebastian Cossa (No. 15, 2021). The 6-foot-6 goalie Cossa is having a strong season for the Toledo Walleye in the ECHL.

Edvinsson didn’t play the Red Wings’ last game in Winnipeg, but the Red Wings have indicated they wanted to give him a chance to play some road games.

Kasper plays a two-way. He can create offense and plays with an edge. He posted 72 penalty minutes this season for Rogle in the Swedish Hockey League. The Austria native is a smart player with a quality skill set.  Kasper, who turns 19 this week, had eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 50 games this season.

The Red Wings will give Kasper an opportunity to make the Red Wings next season. However, Yzerman historically doesn’t give a roster spot to a player simply because he is top prospect. Draft picks have to earn their spots by playing impressively in training camp and preseason games.

By bringing over Kasper, the Red Wings will get an early look at where he is at in his development. If Kasper doesn’t make the Red Wings next season, he will play for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

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