By @MichaelCaples –
Oliwer Kaski didn’t get to spend much time at his former home.
The Western Michigan alum has been traded to Carolina in exchange for defenseman Kyle Wood.
Kaski, 24, has played in 19 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins this season, registering two goals, three assists and a -8 rating, since he signed with the Wings this past offseason.
He played for Western Michigan for a full season in 2015-16, before playing one game in 2016-17 and then returning to his native Finland.
In return from the trade, the Wings have picked up a former third-round pick of the Hurricanes in Wood, a 23-year-old defenseman. The native of Waterloo, Ont., has spent the last four seasons playing in the AHL; last year he recorded 35 points in 68 games (with a +16 rating) as an assistant captain for the San Jose Barracuda.
He is a product of the North Bay Battalion of the OHL; he turned pro in 2016-17.