Kaapo Kakko

2019 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of Liiga.fi

Fantasy Summary

Top-line forward with upside to be a franchise player. Known as a winger but has played center in the past. More of a playmaker but more than capable of finishing plays as well.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 13, 2001
Height 6‘2”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

October 2018 – Kakko has had a great start to his first full season in the Finnish Liiga. If he keeps up his current pace, he’ll have one of the best U18 seasons in the history of the league. His U17 season in the Finnish junior league a year ago was also one of the all-time bests. Kakko has all the tools to become an elite level player in the NHL. His skating is very good. His hands and vision are excellent. He has good size, and his puck-protection skills are unbelievable. His shot is good as well but he doesn’t use it often enough. He’s more of a playmaker but using his shot more frequently could open up passing lanes. Kakko is ranked second or third in the early rankings but he has all the tools to challenge for the top spot in the 2019 NHL Draft – especially if he gets to showcase his play down the middle. Most people think of him as a winger but he has a history of playing center in junior.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 8 3 7 10 2 |          
  TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 25 14 12 26 2 | Playoffs 4 0 3 3
 2016-2017 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 2 1 3
  TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 35 24 17 41 8 | Playoffs 5 7 0 7
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 7 0 4 4 0 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 8 6 2 8 2 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 6 7 4 11 4 | Playoffs 5 4 5 9
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 38 25 30 55 16 |          
  TPS Liiga 6 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 4 6 10 2 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 13 6 11 17 4 |          
 2018-2019 TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga - - - - - |          
  TPS Champions HL 5 2 0 2 2 |          
  TPS Liiga 28 9 11 20 2 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 2 3 5 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr - - - - - |          

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