Marco Kasper continues the season in North America with the Detroit Red Wings farm team. Two days after his club Rögle BK was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Swedish SHL championship, the 18-year-old from Carinthia was called up to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League (AHL). Rögle announced this on Tuesday. The Griffins are the Red Wings’ farm team and rank last in the AHL’s Central Division.
Kasper was selected number eight by the Red Wings in the 2022 NHL draft and signed a three-year contract in July. However, the young striker was loaned out to Rögle, where he was used as a center this season at the behest of the Red Wings. With the club from Ängelholm, Kasper was eliminated in the SHL quarterfinals on Sunday and was ordered to Michigan.
Kasper scored 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 52 regular season games and retired after three seasons in Sweden. “It was like my second home. I came here when I was 16 and it meant a lot to me to have played and developed here,” the Carinthian is quoted as saying on the club’s website.