Q/A: Visa Vedenpää, Seattle Kraken (2023 6th-Round Pick)

The Seattle Kraken opted to use their sixth-round draft pick to add goaltending depth, by selecting Visa Vedenpää with the 168th overall selection. Vedenpää reigns from the goaltending factory of Finland; a small nation that has scaled some of the best NHL goalie talent.
This selection can be described as a  "flyer" by Ron Francis, and his Seattle squad. Goaltending is one of the most difficult positions to judge at a young, junior level. Vedenpää in specific is a very-raw prospect. Yes, he possess the NHL size, standing in at 6-foot-2, but has shown very little success playing against high-end talent.

The netminder started the season off with the Karpat U18 team. He had a very dominate two game stretch where he put up a .923 save percentage. He was later called-up to the U20 team, where he played the remainder of the season. Vedenpää struggled mightily amongst one of the league's worst team. The Fin appeared in 31 games posting a .886 save percentage.

Vedenpää is likely at least two-years out from reaching the North American ice. It is expected he plays a full-season with the U20 team next year, and will be reassessed once again at the conclusion of next season.


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