Another day, another Finnish signing in the PHL. GKS Tychy has added to their defense with former Liiga defensemen Olli Kaskinen. He is the 14th Fin to sign in Poland this offseason.
The 23-year-old defender was a pretty decent prospect in Finland. He developed in the TPS junior system. He also represented team Finland at quite a few non-IIHF junior events. In 2018, he started playing at the senior level with TPS in the Liiga, playing 10 games while also playing 13 games in the Mestis on loan to TUTO Hockey. He would spend the entire 2019 season in the Liiga, playing in 53 games and recording two goals and three assists. Kaskinen would lose his role in the top league and mainly play in the U20 league over the following two seasons. He played in 79 Liiga games while putting up two goals and four assists. He spent the 2022 season away from Finland for the first time. He played in Italy in the Alps Hockey League. In 44 games with Cortina, he posted 28 points (6G-22A-28PTS).
GKS Tychy has seen a significant shift this offseason on defense. Kaskinen is the fifth defender added to the squad this offseason. The team is looking to get back to championship glory. The young Finnish defender is going to be an exciting addition. His experience sticks out on his resume, and Tychy must be hoping it will make the young defender a crucial part of their defense.
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