Kasperi Kapanen

by Jason Banks on July 18, 2016

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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

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

July 2017 – Ever since the calendar changed years, Kapanen showed the level of play everyone has expected from him. During a 19 game span, he posted 15 points and spent 9 uneventful games in the NHL, but the lack of goals (4) left room for concern. Outside of the stats, Kapanen showed positive signs of him being the type of player that brings his A-game when something is on the line. He was a game breaker in the WJC, seemed to come alive late in games when Marlies needed something extra, and was the best player in meaningful/deciding games against Bridgeport and Albany in the AHL playoffs. He still is expected to start 2016-17 in the AHL, but should again be recalled for trials. Maturity will come and talent will show through and he remains a strong notable prospect at this point. Jason Banks

 

January 2016 – Going into the Christmas break, Kapanen has started to turn around his game in the AHL after being rather invisible and a frequent scratch early on. He has a semi-successful World Junior showing compiling five points in seven games. More was expected from the pro as he rarely had a meaningful impact in games until the final, of course scoring the championship winning goal in overtime. His major problem is lack of consistent effort night in and night out, many nights just being a passenger. He has nights where he can dazzle, but many nights I find myself checking game sheets to see if he is in the lineup. The talent is there to be an impactful, offensive, winger but must mature into a full pro. Jason Banks

 

March 2015 – Perhaps inspired by the success of 18-year-old rookie hotshot David Pastrnak with the Boston Bruins, young Finn Kapanen is rumored to be a candidate for Pittsburgh’s postseason 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: B+

 

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

 

Footage:

 

2016 WJC Winning Goal:

 

 

One man wrecking crew vs Albany:

 

 

Displays huge drive and talent to create a rush goal:

 

 

Shows off his hands vs NHL competition:

 

 

2015 WJC goal with slick hands:

 

 

NHL exhabition goal vs Bobrovsky:

 

 

Kapanen scores a highlight reel goal:

 

 

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