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NHL Draft 2017: New York Islanders select Robin Salo with #46 overall pick

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Robin Salo, a Finnish defenseman, played 65 games in the Finnish Liiga last season.

Robin Salo playing with the Finnish team.
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With the 46th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders selected Robin Salo. Salo played for Sport Vaasa in the Finnish Liiga last season, putting up a goal and 15 assists in 65 games during the 2016-17 season. He’s also part of Finland’s international set up, playing for their U-18 and U-20 teams.

CanucksArmy has a great write-up of Salo and his potential in the NHL, showing that Salo compares favorably to Miro Heiskanen, who the Dallas Stars selected 3rd overall this draft. Salo posted a 51.9% Corsi-for and is a trusted penalty killer and useful top-4 defenseman for Sport.

For the traditionalists, here’s a look at Salo’s boxcar stats season by season.

Robin Salo

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
2011-2012 Sport U16 Jr. C I-divisioona Q 4 0 0 0 2
Sport U16 Jr. C II-divisioona 8 0 2 2 0
2012-2013 Sport U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 4 4 8 2
Sport U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 28 4 11 15 16
2013-2014 Sport U17 Jr. B2 SM-sarja 3 2 2 4 2
Sport U18 Jr. B Mestis 25 4 7 11 8
Sport U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 18 4 1 5 8
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 4 0 1 1 2
2014-2015 Sport U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 45 10 16 26 32
Sport Liiga 4 0 0 0 0
Finland U17 WHC-17 6 0 0 0 0
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 10 0 0 0 4
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 0 0 0
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 7 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 Finland U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 2 0 2 2
Sport U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 27 10 7 17 8
Sport Liiga 16 0 0 0 0
Hermes Mestis 7 1 0 1 18
Finland U18 WJC-18 7 1 0 1 2
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 4 1 0 1 0
2016-2017 Sport Liiga 54 1 15 16 14
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 11 0 1 1 10
2017-2018 Sport Liiga - - - - -

(Credit to Elite Prospects for the season by season data)

There’s also a video of some of his highlights from the 2016 U-18 IIHF Championship to get a look at what the newest New York Islander can bring.

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