Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by FinPanda, Oct 8, 2017.
Kaapo Kakko Is Out About 2-3 week's, Just Text Me From Hospital.
He was selected as rookie of the month with 9+9 in 11 games.
He is back in the lineup in todays game against Tappara U20.
I hope he could be healthy for rest of the season.
3 goals in two games this weekend. I don't think they have game tomorrow.
1+0 yesterday vs Tappara U20 and 2+0 today vs Ässät. That makes it 16+13=29 in 21 games.
Scored 2 powerplay goals today, now has 18goals 31points in 24 games.
He leads his team in goals and overall scoring, has played like 7 games less than the rest.
IMO Kakko is atleast a lock to be a top 10 pick if he keeps this up.
Yeah, he really passes the eye test with his mature and skilled game in U20. Even his skating seems strong although his top speed isn't elite. Kind of reminds you of Matthews how he skates, uses the short stick to excel in tight spaces. He is a workhorse who works hard in both ends of the ice.
I would bet on this guy making it big ala Aho, Heiskanen, Laine, Pulju, Tolvanen etc.
Yes I see young Matthews there. Good comparison. Very Mature game and great goalscorer. Not bad playmaker at all.
I havent seen him play, but damn, those stats are IMPRESSIVE as hell
Winger or center?
He is a winger.
Has he ever played center? Based on what I've seen of him, Kakko could thrive with all the extra space around him no matter if he had more two-way responsibilities. His stick-handling, skating and poise are the first things that caught your eye but he seems to be able to distribute the puck as well. The kid has height and size so those will never cause any worry. Considering the tools and physical traits, he looks like an ideal middle man and since the country has so many great wingers on the way, it's almost a pity having to add one more on the list.
Anyway, it's too bad he has no chance of cracking FEL this season without injuries. When you see someone skating as well as Kakko and actually having some size, you can't but think he might already be ready to contribute at the higher level. Really difficult not to get excited about him. Could easily turn out one of the top players in his draft year (if he isn't already).
I went to look if he has ever played center and yes, he has, but not so much. Last year at least one game with B-juniors. But mostly he has been a winger, even in C-jr playoffs. So yeah, he is a winger. But I don't know if he could play center some day like Sebastian Aho.
I am also very excited about Kakko. I think he is a top-5 pick already for next years draft.
His team informed that Kakko will play his first game in Liiga today.
3rd line, but Pikkarainen is a good finisher if Kakko can get the puck to him. Very excited about toninght, hopefully he plays well.
Awesome news, I probably should watch my first Liiga game of the season tonight.
Great news. Will be interesting to see him play against men. I wouldn't be shocked at all if he has a solid game and actually stands out. He is on another level in U20 from what I've watched and doesn't seem to get pushed around despite being the youngest player of his team.
Fantastic! I've been waiting for this for who knows how long. Not a chance I'm missing out on the game. Only 16 years old and gets to play in one the better stacked teams in the league. Quite an achievement alone. He will stick too, book it!
I always hope for the best for these youngsters and would love to see him stick, but I just can't make myself believe it. I think he can't skate fast enough to play with his strengths in Liiga yet.
You don't really need to skate in Liiga~
He's more than talented enough to stick in the league right away in my opinion.
I think Kakko is fast enough to keep up with the pace. Although his top speed isn't elite, he has quite strong first steps which helps him to get in places.
I hope I'm wrong. Would be nice to see him succeed, but a 16-year old Liiga regular is a rarity. The odds are stacked against him.
How does he look? Didn't know he was playing unril now.
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