The forthcoming draft in the National Hockey League (NHL) on Friday at 1 a.m. Central European Time is also of interest to Austrian ice hockey fans. Because Marco Kasper is classified by many experts as a first-round draft. He is even considered a safe candidate! But Vinzenz Rohrer is also in the thick of things instead of just being there. The Vorarlberger is expected in the second or third round (Friday, 5 p.m.).
Kasper made people sit up and take notice with strong performances in the Swedish league. The Carinthian also wrote in the notebooks of numerous scouts because of his convincing performance at the World Championships in Finland. The son of former ÖEHV team defender Peter Kasper scored seven goals and four assists in the regular season in the Swedish league and impressed in the play-off with three goals and three assists each. He also won the Champions Hockey League with Rögle and made a significant contribution to the success with two goals and four assists.
He contributed two goals and four assists to the triumph in the Champions Hockey League. can prevail. Kasper was able to increase its value over the past season. Many experts expect the ice hockey talent to be among the top 15. At the NHL Combine in Buffalo, where performance tests and interviews were on the program, the Carinthian was interviewed by 30 of the 32 clubs. “It’s generally a cool time right now. The whole year with Rögle, winning the Champions Hockey League, the World Cup with the national team and now the opportunity to present yourself to the NHL teams,” explained Kasper.
After Thomas Vanek, Marco Rossi and Michael Grabner, Kasper would be only the fourth Austrian whose rights were acquired by an NHL club in the first round of the draft. Vanek was selected number five by the Buffalo Sabers in 2003 and Marco Rossi was selected number 9 by the Minnesota Wild in 2020. Grabner was picked by the Vancouver Canucks in 2006 (number 14). Rohrer (17), on the other hand, has hit the Ottawa 67s in the Canadian junior league OHL.
The 17-year-old Rohrer hit the Ottawa 67s in the Canadian junior league OHL (Ontario Hockey League). The son of former tennis Davis Cup player Stefan Lochbihler was number one in his first year with 25 goals and 48 points in the team of former Vienna Capitals coach Dave Cameron and was nominated to the second all-rookie team of the OHL. In the annual draft, 32 NHL clubs secure the rights to 224 global talents aged 17 to 19.