Kasperi Kapanen - Photo Courtesy of www.mtv.fi

 

Kasperi Kapanen, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 181

Born: 1996-07-23

Hometown: Kuopio, FIN

Drafted: 2014 by Pittsburgh Penguins, 22nd overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

December 2014 – In 19 games with KalPa in Finland, the potential star Pittsburgh winger has nine goals, seven assists and a plus-4 rating in his country’s top hockey league. He’s on loan from the Penguins, who will keep tabs on the progress of their 2014 first-round draft pick. Kapanen will be Finland's go-to offensive talent at the 2015 World Junior Championship slated to begin on Boxing Day. Mark Allan

 

December 2014 – Finland is a long way from Pittsburgh, but you can bet the Penguins are following the progress of this potential star winger. A larger version of his father, former NHLer Sami Kapanen, the six-foot youngster had seven goals and as many assists in 14 games with KalPa in his country’s top hockey league, and was plus-six. Pittsburgh’s 2014 first-round draft pick also recorded two goals and two assists in four international games with Finland’s U-20 squad. Mark Allan

 

October 2014 – On loan to KalPa, the son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen had three goals and three assists in five games in Finland’s top hockey league (as of October 27th). He added two goals and two assists in four international games with the country’s U20 club. Mark Allan

 

Oct. 12, 2014 - A longshot to make the Penguins this season - he very nearly did thanks to an impressive prospects camp and a promising main camp. The son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen is playing with Finland’s KalPa Kuopio squad. He’s not expected back in North America this season, but bears watching at Pittsburgh’s 2015 training camp. Mark Allan

 

July 2014 – Kapanen certainly impressed the Penguins brass during prospect camp and its scrimmages. He's left such a good impression that there are rumors that he could make the opening day roster if he keeps up his effort in main camp and throughout preseason action. Obviously, expectations should be tampered since Kapanen is still only 17-years-old. He says that it is his goal to make the NHL roster but that he wouldn't be opposed to spending another season in his native Finland playing against professional men. Though it is early, Kapanen has looked like an absolute steal thus far. Seth Brisendine

 

June 2014 – The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Kasper Kapanen 22nd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

February 2014 – Playing alongside father and former NHLer Sami Kapanen in KalPa, Kasperi has overcome injury that kept him from competing for Finland at the 2014 World Junior Championship and remains high in the ranks simply because few possess his top-end puck handling ability. His game lacks physicality but his hockey sense, on-ice vision and playmaking skills are unparalleled and in a draft class with few game-breakers, Kapanen will be coveted. When attacking one-on-one, there are few players who are as dangerous as Kapanen. Brendan Ross

 

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Kapanen projects as a dynamic top-line winger with promising offensive upside.

 

 

 

Footage:

 

Kapanen scores a highlight reel goal:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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