(Windsor, ON) – General Manager Warren Rychel has chosen goalie Kari Piiroinen (Pea-ROY-nin) with the 30th pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
Piiroinen, who will turn 17 this Sunday (July 1st) is 6’0 and 161 pounds.
In 27 games with HIFK U-18s last season, he posted a 2.73 goals against average and a .912 save percentage before an impressive 1.00 goals against and .957 save percentage in five playoff games.
Piiroinen represented Finland at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia (3.35 / .902 in four games played).
“Kari is the best 2001-born goalie in Finland,” Rychel said. “He has excellent size and is extremely athletic. He gives us depth behind Mikey (DiPietro) and will be a Spitfire for years to come.”
Piiroinen will be eligible for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver.