Native of Riga, Latvia, Kaspars Daugavins was the star player for Latvia’s National team in many different tournaments. He played for Latva in three World Championship Under-18 tournaments in 2004, 2005 and 2006 accumulating 7 goals and 7 assists in 15 games. His last appearance in 2006 was the most memorable as he notched 5 goals and 4 assists along with 20 penalty minutes and a +6 rating in just 5 games.
2005-06: Daugavins played his 2005-06 season with Riga 2000, a powerhouse team that won the Latvian league championship. He registered 3 goals and 12 assists in 42 games.
2006-07: This marked Daugavins first season of North American hockey, which he spent between the OHL and AHL. In 61 games with the Toronto St. Michaels Majors (OHL), he tallied 18 goals and 60 points, as well as a career-high 64 penalty minutes; he was nominated to the OHL All-Rookie Team for his play. He also saw action with the Binghamton Senators (AHL), registering a pair of goals, the first of his pro hockey career, in 11 games. He also competed with the Latvia National Team, where he tallied three goals and as many assists in six games.
Daugavins put his name on the map playing as a 17-year-old for the Latvian National Team at the 2006 World Championships held right in Riga. In three games, he notched one assist for the host team. He also represented Latvia at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver.
2007-08: Splitting the season between the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (OHL) and the Binghamton Senators (AHL), the winger had a successful season of hockey. In OHL action, he netted a career-high 40 goals and 74 points, adding two more goals and an assist in four playoff games. While he only saw three games with the B-Sens, he didn’t see the same success that he did in the OHL. He also competed with the Latvia National team, but failed to register any points at the WC; he saw more success at the WJC, where he netted two goals and 10 points for Latvia.
2008-09: Daugavins once again split the season between Binghamton (AHL) and Mississauga (OHL). In 23 games with the B-Sens, he tallied a pair of goals and three points. He had more success in the OHL, where he netted 11 goals and 28 points in 30 games with the St. Michael’s Majors. Expect to see him start the 2009-10 season with Binghamton.
2009-10: After a slow start with Binghamton a year ago, Kaspars found himself sent back to Mississauga. This time around he came back with a vengeance, scoring 21 goals and 25 assists with the Binghamton Senators. For his success, he was awarded a game with Ottawa but failed to register on the score sheet.
2010-11: Coincidence or not, Daugavins played some of his best hockey at the end of the year and in the AHL playoffs as his entry-level contract was coming to an end. Daugavins did not see any NHL action in his third pro season but scored 19 goals with 35 assists and was +4 in 73 games for AHL Binghamton. He was especially effective on the power play, scoring eight times. In Binghamton’s run to the Calder Cup playoff championship, he had 10 goals with 10 assists and was +8 in 23 games. Daugavinis was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Senators in August 2011.
Daugavins is an excellent all-round skater. He has a strong stride, good lateral movement and agility, and a deceptive top gear. Daugavins has a decent sized frame and he isn’t afraid of making contact, although he is not a big hitter by any means. He is an extremely slick and creative player who can thread the needle with passes. One knock on Daugavins is that he does not use his shot often enough. Daugavins an excellent stickhandler and can fool defensemen in one-on-one situations. He has tremendous vision, anticipation, and his positioning in both zones is excellent. Daugavins uses his linemates well and is an excellent team player. He is very passionate and always wears his heart on his sleeve.