Team: HIFK U20
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 179
REPORT: PELICANS @ HIFK, AUGUST 28, 2020
Salin brought a strong offensive game to the table and logged quality minutes for HIFK U20 on the first defensive pairing. He was able to create offense by carrying the puck into the offensive zone multiple times. He was smooth and skilled with the puck and up the ice often. He showed strong edge work, as well as a powerful first step. Right-shot defensemen with this kind of puck skills and skating don’t grow in trees. He had several shot attempts in this game; too many of them missed the net. Salin has some work to do on his defensive zone coverage, but as he gains experience in the U20 league, I think his defensive reliability and reads away from the puck will improve. He is already quite physical, he plays with an edge and finishes his checks.