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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: Kasperi Kapanen

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 12:00 AM CT / Features
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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: Kasperi Kapanen

Kasperi Kapanen



Birthplace: Kuopio, Finland

Date of Birth/Age:
July 23, 1996 (17)

Current Team:
KalPa (Finnish Elite League)

Position:
Right Wing

Height:
5-11

Weight: 180 pounds

For 17-year-old Kasperi Kapanen, hockey is more than a game or a future career, it’s a family business. Kasperi is the son of former NHL All-Star Sami Kapanen and grandson of former professional and Olympic hockey standout Hannu Kapanen.

Kasperi has been ranked as the top European skater by most scouting services and is coming off a seven-goal, 14-point season with KalPa, a team in Finland’s top professional league.

Kasperi plays alongside his father, Sami, who is also the majority owner and general manager of KalPa.

“It's pretty incredible,” Kapanen said in an interview with NHL.com. “I can't describe what it feels like to see him every day on the ice and be on the ice with him. When we're on the ice I see him as a teammate, but when we go home and eat dinner I see him as a father.”

While Kapanen has looked impressive with KalPa, where he’s really excelled is on the international stage. At the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Russia, he was second among all players in the tournament with five goals, including the game winner in the Bronze Medal Game. Kapanen also participated in the 2014 Under-18 World Championship picking up a goal and an assist in five games. He is a strong candidate to make Finland’s 2015 World Junior Championship team after missing the 2014 edition with a shoulder injury. Finland Head Coach Karri Kivi has mentioned that he has been really impressed with his talent and competiveness saying, “It goes in the family.”

Returning to Philadelphia for the Draft on June 27 will be a homecoming of sorts for Kapanen, who spent his youth growing up around the Flyers locker room while his dad played there from 2002-08. Kapanen claims that the Flyers are his favorite NHL team. Former Flyers forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are also two of Kapanen’s favorite players.

On the ice the younger Kapanen compares more favorably to speedy Islanders youngster Kyle Okposo, who was just shy of a 30-goal season in his first full year in New York. Yes, Kapanen is undersized but he makes up for it with his quick shot, skating ability and high hockey IQ. He is a lock to be drafted early in the first round.


Scout’s Comments:

“He’s a good skating wing and can also play center. He has a smooth and surprisingly fast style that has surprised many unsuspecting defensemen. His tricky puck skills and quick release have paid off in many games and he has good hand-eye coordination. He’s not overly physical, but does not shy away from rough situations.” Goran Stubb, Central Scouting Director of European Scouting


Statistics

 Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

TP

PIM

    

Playoffs

GP

G

A

TP

PIM 

 2010-2011

KalPa U16

Jr. C SM-sarja Q

0

0

0

0

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

KalPa U16

Jr. C SM-sarja

26

14

8

22

10

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2011-2012

KalPa U16

Jr. C SM-sarja Q

8

12

4

16

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

KalPa U16

Jr. C I-divisioona

2

1

1

2

10

|

Playoffs

4

4

7

11

 

KalPa U18

Jr. B SM-sarja Q

2

0

0

0

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

KalPa U18

Jr. B SM-sarja

25

13

11

24

6

|

Playoffs

2

0

0

0

 

Finland

YOG

6

4

2

6

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U16 (all)

International-Jr

16

11

6

17

20

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2012-2013

KalPa U18

Jr. B SM-sarja

3

3

3

6

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

KalPa U20

Jr. A SM-liiga

36

14

15

29

16

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

KalPa

Liiga

13

4

0

4

2

|

Playoffs

4

0

1

1

 

Finland U17

WHC-17

5

3

6

9

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18

WJC-18

7

5

3

8

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18

Hlinka Memorial

4

1

1

2

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18 (all)

International-Jr

8

1

1

2

15

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2013-2014

KalPa

ET

6

3

0

3

16

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

KalPa U18

Jr. B SM-sarja

2

5

1

6

0

|

Playoffs

4

6

1

7

 

KalPa

Liiga

47

7

7

14

10

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18

WJC-18

5

1

1

2

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U18 (all)

International-Jr

5

1

1

2

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland U20 (all)

International-Jr

5

1

0

1

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2014-2015

KalPa

Liiga

-

-

-

-

-

|

 

 

 

 

 

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com



Combine Results:
Kasperi finished in the Top 10 in the following categories at the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine at Toronto International Centre on Saturday, May 31, 2014:

Mean Power Output

Pos.         Name                            Watts/KG

1               WILLIAM NYLANDER         11.6

2               KASPERI KAPANEN             11.3

3               JAYCE HAWRYLUK              11.3

4               NICK SCHMALTZ                  11.1           

5               ONDREJ KASE                     11.1

6               BLAKE SIEBENALER             11.0

7               DYLAN SADOWY                  11.0

8               SHANE GERSICH                   11.0

9               MILES GENDRON                 10.9

10            RYAN MACINNIS                  10.9

Right Hex Agility

Pos.         Name                               Seconds

1               HAYDN FLEURY                     3.00

2               REID DUKE                           3.21

3               KASPERI KAPANEN             3.23

4               SAM REINHART                  3.23

5               BRYCEN MARTIN                  3.31

6               OLIVIER LEBLANC                3.35

7               CHASE DE LEO                    3.36

8               DANIEL AUDETTE                 3.36

9               BRENDAN LEMIEUX           3.38

10            ANTHONY DEANGELO       3.39

                                                Via NHL.com

Where Kasperi Kapanen is ranked:

NHL Central Scouting has him ranked first among European skaters.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=712854

International Scouting Services have him ranked as the 13th-best overall player.
http://www.isshockey.com/

Future Considerations has him ranked as the 26th-best overall player.
http://futureconsiderations.ca/

Corey Pronman of ESPN has him ranked as the ninth-best overall player.
http://espn.go.com/

Craig Button of TSN has him ranked as the 13th-best overall player.
http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=49649


Video:

Kasperi Kapanen prospect highlights:




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