WATCH: Kaapo Kakko’s FIRST NHL goal

Kaapo Kakko scored his first career NHL goal in the first period of today’s Rangers/Oilers game. Pure. Joy. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 12, 2019 Try not to get chills listening to this. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 12, 2019

WATCH: Kaapo Kakko’s amazing OT winner

Kaapo Kakko scored the OT winner for the Rangers in their game against Minnesota in Traverse City. Kaapo KakkOT. #NYR — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 9, 2019

Kaapo Kakko signs entry-level contract

The Rangers have announced that Kaapo Kakko has signed his three-year entry-level contract. Kakko’s cap hit is $925,000 per season. (CapFriendly) His contract, per-year, breaks down as: $832,500 in base salary $92,500 in signing bonus $850,000 in A bonuses $1,800,000 in B bonuses If Kakko achieves any of his bonuses the resulting cap charge would be part of the Rangers cap the following season. The “A” level bonuses Kakko can…

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The kind of player the Rangers are getting in Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko’s coach in Finland, Kalle Kaskinen, told Matt Larkin in the 2019 Hockey News Draft Preview issue that Kakko is the best player he’s seen at this age. He said that Kakko can “play with the puck, beat you 1-on-1, take hits and give hits” before adding “he’s like a man already.” Kakko’s coach at the World Championships, Jukka Jalonen, told the NY Times that if the Devils want…

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Rangers select Kaapo Kakko with the Second Overall Pick

With the Second Overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers selected Finnish RW Kaapo Kakko. From the Rangers release: Kakko, 18, skated in 45 games with TPS of Liiga (Finnish Elite League) this past season, registering 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points, along with a plus-one rating and 10 penalty minutes. Kakko’s 22 goals in 2018-19 were the most any U18 player has registered…

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How close it is between Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko

While Jack Hughes is ranked 1st on TSN‘s draft rankings, Bob McKenzie noted that many of the scouts he spoke with had Hughes and Kaapo Kakko very close together. One scout told McKenzie that while his team has Hughes ranked 1st, it’s “almost too close to call” and another that said “flip a coin, it’s that close.” (TSN) McKenzie notes that in TSN’s September, January and April rankings Hughes was…

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