I will start off by saying this is a decent pick that has potential. This kid is compared to Vatanen who looked like a stud for Anaheim in the playoffs with his speed and passing ability. I get it, he's smaller then most would want but the higher end skill is there and is pretty obvious from the videos I have watched of him.
Here is his 14-15 season in a nutshell, pretty impressive if you ask me:
U18 WJC All-Star Team
U18 WJC Best Defenseman
U18 WJC Most Assists by Defenseman (6)
U18 WJC Most Goals by Defenseman (3)
U18 WJC Most Points by Defenseman (9)
U18 WJC Silver Medal
U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
USHL All-Rookie Second Team
Helene St. James @HeleneStJames 15m15 minutes ago
Third round, RedWings draft defenseman Vili Saarijarvi, 5-10 Finn. HE SHOOTS RIGHT!!!
Lord Stanley @Pandaramaaa 7m7 minutes ago Helsinki, Finland
@HeleneStJames Faster than Darren Helm. Unique.
Dennis Schellenberg @ScoutingFactory 16m16 minutes ago
Red Wings arent afraid to pick what they think is best for them Saarijarvi is a smallish D but was the best Finnish D at the U18 #RedWings