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29 Vili Saarijarvi D

Detroit Red Wings

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  • Red Wings' Vili Saarijarvi: Will start new campaign in AHL

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (9/20/18) Saarijarvi will start the new season with AHL Grand Rapids, according to Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, MLive.com reports.

    The blue-line prospect didn't end up on the scoresheet in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins, but that certainly doesn't mean that Detroit's bench boss overlooked his performance. "I thought Vili played real well. Vili jumps up in the play," Blashill said. "I think Vili is in a good spot to have a real good year in Grand Rapids and build on what was a real good prospects tournament."

    Red Wings' Vili Saarijarvi: Performs well in development camp

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (7/13/17) Saarijarvi and fellow defenseman Filip Hronek stood out among prospects at the Red Wings' development camp.

    Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill explained that it was "4-on-4 summer hockey" on display at camp and advised against reading too much into a given player's performance, but Saarijarvi and Hronek still managed to get scouts talking. Saarijarvi's only 5-foot-10 and 172 pounds, so naturally he's been working on his strength this early in his career. If there was any question about where the pair of European prospects will be playing this upcoming season, Blashill made it abundantly clear. "I hope they have real good years in (AHL) Grand Rapids," he said.

    Red Wings' Vili Saarijarvi: Focusing on strength at development camp

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (7/8/17) Saarijarvi, who's been participating in Detroit's development camp, said he's focused on getting stronger to complement his quickness on the ice.

    Listed at 5-foot-10 and only 172 pounds, Saarijarvi certainly needs to bulk up to avoid getting physically destroyed in the NHL. "I'm probably not going to grow that much anymore or get much taller, so I just need to add some power so I can be ready to battle and move quickly in every way," Saarijarvi said. "I think the game has gotten quicker but at the same time there are still guys that play hard and strong, I can play a quick game, I have to improve my strength and get stronger." The Finn produced 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 34 regular-season games for OHL Mississauga this past season, so at least at the lower level he's shown an ability to compensate for his small stature.

 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/182
Birthdate:
5/15/1997
Age:
22
Hometown:
Rovaniemi, Finland
Team:
Detroit Red Wings
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