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:

 

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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