Kasimir Kaskisuo

Hometown:

Espoo Finland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-10-02

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2012

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Kasimir Kaskisuo was with Jokerit’s U16 team in Helsinki but missed the season due to injury.

2009-10: Kaskisuo played for Jokerit’s U18 team — sharing the goaltending with Samuli Eskuri.  In 17 regular season games he had a 3.06 goals against and .916 save percentage. Jokerit finished first in the regular season before falling to HIFK in the playoffs. Kaskisuo played in three playoff games and had a 2.37 goals against and .934 save percentage. 

2010-11: Kaskiskuo spent time with Jokerit’s U20 team as a 17-year-old and was the backup to Finland U17 national team goalie Jooonas Korpisalo (CBS) with the club’s U18 team. He had a 2.51 goals against and .920 save percentage in six regular season games and played in two playoff games for Jokerit’s U20 team; posting a 2.43 goals against and .919 save percentage. Kaskisuo had a 2.86 goals against and .920 save percentage in 10 regular season games and a 3.72 goals against and .910 save percentage in two playoff games with Jokerit’s U18 team. 

2011-12: Kaskisuo played in nine games for Jokerit’s U20 team as a backup to Joonas Korpisalo and appeared in two men’s games with Bewe Hockey in Porvoo in Finland’s third league (Suomi-Sarja). In two games with Bewe Hockey he had a 2.50 goals against and .915 save percentage. Kaskisuo had a 2.82 goals against and .888 save percentage for Jokerit’s U20 team and did not appear in any playoff games in the run to the finals as 20-year-old Frans Tuohimaa (EDM) and Korpisalo handled the goaltending.  

2012-13: Kaskisuo played in 13 games as part of a crowded goaltending trio for the Jokerit U20 team that also included Joonas Korpisalo and 17-year-old Kevin Lankinen. He had a 2.72 goals against and .905 save percentage. In what was a disappointing season. Jokerit missed the playoffs; finishing 12th in the 16-team league. 

2013-14: Kaskisuo moved to North America in hopes of securing a college scholarship — skating for the NAHL’s expansion Minnesota Wilderness in Cloquet, MN. In 32 regular season games he was 21-6-5 with nine shutouts and had a 1.48 goals against and .944 save percentage. The Wilderness finished second to Fairbanks in the Midwest Division before falling in the first round of the playoffs. Kaskisuo was 2-2 with one shutout and had a 1.75 goals against and .943 save percentage in five playoff games. In January 2013 he committed to playing college hockey at Minnesota-Duluth in 2013-14. Kaskisuo, in his third year of draft eligibility, was ranked 16th amongst North American goaltenders in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings but was not selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Kaskisuo stepped into the starting goaltending role for the University of Minnesota-Duluth as a freshman — playing in 36 of 40 games for the Bulldogs. He was 18-14-3 with one shutout and had a 2.30 goals against and .917 save percentage. The Bulldogs finished fifth in the National College Hockey Conference, winning 20 games in the regular season. UM-D received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after being swept by fourth-place Denver in the NCHC quarterfinals and defeated Minnesota in the NCAA Northeast Regional before falling to Boston University, 3-2, in the regional final.

2015-16: Kaskisuo signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in March 2016 following his sophomore season at Minnesota-Duluth — making his professional debut with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. He was 1-0-1 with a 2.40 goals against and .908 save percentage in two games with the Marlies. Kaskisuo backstopped UM-D to an unlikely run to the NCAA Northeast Regional in his final season of college hockey. Playing in 39 of 40 games, he was 19-15-5 with five shutouts and had a 1.92 goals against and .923 save percentage. After struggling for much of the season, the Bulldogs won seven games down the stretch, defeating eventual national champion North Dakota, 4-2, in the NCHC semifinals before losing, 3-1, to St. Cloud State in the conference final. UM-D received an at-large berth in the NCAA Northeast Regional, defeating defending national champion Providence, 2-1 in overtime, before falling to Boston College, 3-2.

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