Kasperi Kapanen: 2014 NHL Top Prospect

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KasperiKapanen200Kasperi Kapanen — 

League:  SM – Liiga      Team:  KalPa Kuopio

Position:  RW     Shoots:  Right

DOB:  July 23, 1996     Birthplace:  Kuopio, Finland 

Height: 5’10     Weight:  165

2013-14  Stats:  Games: 47   G: 7   A: 7  Pts:  14  PIM: 10 Plus/Minus:  -8

Kasperi Kapanen plays in the SM-Liiga (Finnish Elite League) for KalPa Kuopio.

Week 25:  Arizona Hockey Talk’s preliminary evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Kasperi Kapanen.

Achievements:  

1.  Represented Finland  at the World U17 and World U18 Hockey Challenges. 

2.  Represented Finland  at the 2013 World U18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament. 

3.  Drafted in the 1st  round 25 overall by Barys Astana in the 2013 KHL Draft.

Kasperi Kapanen is wearing Jersey #42

Offensive Buzzwords

Kasperi Kapanen is a highly skilled forward with great moves in one on one situations.  He has a decent shot with a quick release.  He is a good playmaker with exceptional on ice vision and also has a good scoring touch.  Like all top players he has a high “Hockey IQ” and makes smart plays and uses his linemates effectively.  He currently plays in a men’s league which is very impressive considering his size and age. 

Skating

Kasperi Kapanen is a very good skater with excellent mobility and quick feet that make him very dangerous off the rush.  He has an elusiveness about him with great escapability.     

Defensive Buzzwords

Kasperi Kapanen competes well in all three zones of the rink.  

Kasperi Kapanen is wearing Jersey #42

Prospect Analysis 

Kasperi Kapanen  is considered the top prospect in Europe and should be a Top 15 selection at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.  He has good bloodlines as his father was long time NHLer Sami Kapanen.  He has a skillset that could see him drafted in the Top 5-10 picks but he may slide a bit because of his size.  I see him being drafted in the first round between 10-20.  

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