Khan, Nevalainen: Jared McIsaac heads to Finland to play for HPK Hameenlinna

Updated 2x with Kulfan and HSJ @ 12:37 PM: According to MLive’s Ansar Khan and DobberProspects’ Jokke

McIsaac was #RedWings fourth pick in 2018 (36th) and played 28 games last season in juniors after returning from shoulder surgery.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) September 21, 2020

LHD Jared McIsaac (DET) has been loaned to #Liiga team HPK for the entire 2020-2021 season.

RHD Oskari Laaksonen (BUF) and C Otto Somppi (TBL) have been loaned to Liiga team Pelicans until NHL training camps start.— Jokke Nevalainen (@JokkeNevalainen) September 21, 2020

HPK posted a press release regarding McIsaac’s loan, and it emphasizes the fact that this is a full-season loan for McIsaac, who rehabbed from major shoulder surgery this past season.

Update: Guess who got there first?

Jared McIsaac has been loaned to HPK in the Finnish Liiga. According to HPK, the intention is for him to spend the entire 2020-2021 season with them. #LGRW— Red Wings Prospects (@DRWProspects) September 21, 2020

Update: The Wings confirm:

Update: The #RedWings have loaned defenseman Jared McIsaac to HPK (SM-Liiga).— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 21, 2020

Khan also wrote an article about McIsaac’s loan:

This will be McIsaac’s first pro season following four years in juniors. He would have played for the Grand Rapids Griffins but the AHL season is in limbo due to the pandemic.

McIsaac (6-1, 191) missed the first half of the season after having shoulder surgery but returned for the World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal with Canada.

He is a two-way puck-moving defenseman who competes hard and plays a physical style. He had four goals and 15 assists in 28 games last season, getting traded from Halifax to Moncton after three games.

McIsaac was the Red Wings’ fourth pick, 36th overall, in 2018.

Update #2: Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press weighs in:

Every player on loan can be recalled at the Wings’ discretion, assistant general manage Ryan Martin told the Free Press. 

“All our agreements written the same way,” Martin said. 

Basically, the Wings can leave a player as long as they want with a European team. 

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