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Kasperi Kapanen, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 181

Born: 1996-07-23

Hometown: Kuopio, FIN

Drafted: 2014 by Pittsburgh Penguins, 22nd overall








March 2015 – Perhaps inspired by the success of 18-year-old rookie hotshot David Pastrnak with the Boston Bruins, young Finn Kapanen is rumoured to be a candidate for Pittsburgh’s post-season roster. Not exactly ripping up Finland’s best hockey league, the teenaged son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen is nonetheless improving on his numbers last season with KalPa. In 41 games on loan from the Penguins, Kapanen has 11 goals and 10 assists for seven more points than he had for the same squad last season in six more games. Mark Allan


January 2015 – After a miserable world junior tournament in which he had one goal and no assists in five games, and Finland failed to defend its championship, the skilled young winger is back with club team KalPa. In 24 games in the country’s top hockey league on loan from Pittsburgh, the son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen has nine goals, seven assists and a plus-1 rating. However, he’s pointless and minus-3 in his past five games, which is not the development the Penguins expect from their 2014 first-round draft pick. 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.






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