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New York Rangers Draft Kalle Väisänen 106th Overall

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With the 106th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers selected left wing Kalle Väisänen from TPS of Liiga.

Väisänen is a right-hand shot, and was ranked 74th by Draft Prospects Hockey, 78th by NHL Central Scouting among European Skaters, 101st by Smaht Scouting, and 213th by FC Hockey.

The Rangers’ newest prospect comes in at 6’4” and 180 pounds, and is described by Elite Prospects like this.

Brings a decent amount of physicality, Väisänen is primarily an effective playmaker with decent skill and speed,

And here’s a snippet from Future Scope Hockey from September.

He’s a big kid, standing at 6’4 but still yet to fill out, and already knows how to use his body to his advantage. For a tall player, Väisänen is an exceptionally mobile skater, and has a pretty nice top speed. His puck handling skills are also very impressive for a player his size, especially his ability to stickhandle through traffic. Väisänen plays on the left wing, and as a right handed player, it gives him more opportunity to cut to the middle of the ice, and to be more dangerous when doing so.

Väisänen tallied 30 points in 27 games (9 goals and 21 assists) with the TPS U20 team this season, and 39 points (18 goals and 21 assists) in 44 games with the TPS U18 team in 2019-20.