Kaapo Kähkönen

by couching on February 11, 2018

Kaapo Kahkonen - Photo Courtesy of www.jatkoaika.com-

 

Kaapo Kähkönen, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 298

Born: 1996-08-16

Hometown: Helsinki, FIN

Drafted: 2014 by Minnesota Wild, 109th overall

 

Observations:

February 2018 - Kahkonen only continues to improve in the Finnish Liiga playing against men. The 21 year old is almost a shoe-in for an ELC at year’s end with his Liiga contract expiring, and his 2.13 GAA and .925 SPCT, 4th and 3rd in the league respectively. In the time since his last update, he’s gained a bit of notoriety after scoring a goal in a pre-season tournament. Kahkonen is a big, heavy goalie who can make saves, and looks primed to make the jump to North American ice. Will Scouch

 

March 2017 –- Kähkönen has finished his second full season in Finland’s top division of men’s hockey and he seems to have taken a big step forward with Luuko. The team missed the playoffs, winning just 17 of 60 games, but Kähkönen held the fort well as he faced nearly 33 shots per game, and managed to save 92 per cent of those shots. Being a starting goaltender in any top men’s league is an achievement and Kähkönen has done so for two years running. His contract with Luuko ends next year, so an entry-level deal likely won’t come until then, but it seems highly likely he will be a member of the Iowa Wild come 2018-19. Will Scouch

September 2016 – Kaapo Kahkonen’s learning curve can’t get much stagnant after getting peppered last year while playing for the Espoo Blues of SM-Liiga. The silver lining is that the worst is over when it comes to getting use to the workload he’ll see at that level. Good thing too, as he’ll most likely be reporting back there for another tour of duty this season. Edric Joseph

January 2016 – Kaapo Kahkonen’s individual efforts at the recent World Junior Championships left interested parties wanting more with a 0.909 save percentage, but his lackluster performance fell into the background easily with his four wins on route to Team Finland’s second World Junior title in three years. Had the team given up more chances it could’ve been a different story at the pace Kahkonen was stopping shots but onlookers need to keep in mind that this tournament doesn’t do him justice given his unfamiliarity with the team defense and how he’s a goalie that tends to thrive under a heavy workload. Edric Joseph

December 2015 – Look for Kaapo Kahkhonen to get some playing time for Team Finland in the Under-20 World Junior Championships. Not only is Predator prospect Juuse Saros no longer eligible to participate but Kahkonen has been holding his own (and then some) in the SM-Liiga including a 0.921 save percentage and 2.26 GAA. Edric Joseph

May 2015 In an unprecedented April shower of goaltender goals, Wild prospect Kaapo Kahkonen manages to score two goals in just four games. While anything but sustainable, it is a testament to the raw ability that he has in the way of puck handling under duress when the opposition is fielding an extra attacker in the clutch. That being said, Kahkonen has his work cut out for him if he is to compete for a significant role in North America with the likes of other standout prospects such as Stephen Michalek and Brody Hoffman ahead of him on the depth chart. Staying abroad seems more and more probable at this juncture given how impressive the former two were this past season and how Kahkonen will get more starts in Finland. Edric Joseph

January 2015 – For a recently drafted project, Kaapo Kahkonen has been progressing nicely. Exhibits good decision making, when coupled with his athletic butterfly style gives Minnesota Wild fans something to look forward to in three years time or so. Thrives under duress, and seems to almost enjoy himself when experiencing a heavier workload. It was truly regrettable that we could not see him in action at the 2015 World Junior Championships but he is the favourite to be the starting goaltender for Team Finland in 2016. Edric Joseph

June 2014 – The Minnesota Wild selected goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen 109th overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

June 2014 – Hailing from Finland, Kaapo Kahkonen should immediately be on radars after the nation has become arguably the best developers of goaltenders in recent years. Kahkonen is a hybrid goaltender using a variety of styles to keep the puck out of the net. He is exceptionally quick down low and is able to return to his feet sharply. A reactionary goaltender with good instincts, Kahkonen is expected to make the jump to the top Finnish league in 2014-15 and is a legitimate top 60 goaltender for the 2014 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross

 

 Fantasy Outlook: B+

There aren’t many young high upside goalies in Minnesota’s system, so Kahkonen will be given every chance to succeed should he come to Iowa. He may be a few years away, but an NHL role seems very possible.

 

Footage:

Kaapo Kahkonen Interview (in Finnish) from 2012:

 

 

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