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Depth defenseman at best


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June 2019 – Kapla did not get a qualifying offer from the Wild which means he becomes an unrestricted free agent.  Jokke Nevalainen

January 2019 – Kapla was traded from New Jersey to Minnesota for former first-round draft pick Ryan Murphy. Kapla reported to the Iowa Wild of the AHL while Murphy reported to the Binghamton Devils. Chris Wassel

July 2017 – Kapla skated in five late-campaign New Jersey contests after finishing his U Mass-Lowell career. He averaged 17:26 minutes per game with more than two-thirds of his starts in the offensive zone, and saw a few minutes on the power play. With their defense in tough shape, the Devils will look to the former River Hawks captain and skilled NCAA blue line playmaker to contend for a job in the fall. While he may make a play for a bottom-pairing, the AHL seems more likely at this point. Kevin Wickersham


March 2017 – Seeking immediate reinforcement and a brief look at a potential future leader on their blue line, New Jersey signed University of Massachusetts-Lowell captain Michael Kapla to a two-year, entry-level contract. Kapla will report immediately to the NHL club to remain through the end of the campaign, using up one year of his deal and rendering him a restricted free agent after 2017-18.

A durable two-way player for his three prior years with the River Hawks, Kapla’s offensive production grew as a senior as he totaled 30 points (including a team-high 27 assists among defensemen) in 41 games. He never missed a collegiate game, playing 161 in all. Somewhat small by NHL standards but his puck skills, instincts for the game and defensive positioning look league-ready. While he shoots from the left, he is comfortable playing on the right as well. Widely praised for his character by college coaches and Devils’ brass alike, he will audition during these last few games hoping to prove he can bring the stability, poise, confidence and winning attitude he showed at UMass-Lowell to the pro ranks.  

Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 2.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Free Agent
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 19, 1994
Height 6‘0”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Eau Claire Memorial High USHS-WI8 2 810 0|        
 2010-2011 Eau Claire Memorial High USHS-WI24 3 3235 16|Playoffs5 1 1011
 2011-2012 Eau Claire Memorial High USHS-WI24 6 3541 6|Playoffs4 1 45
  Team Wisconsin UMHSEHL21 4 37 8|Playoffs1 0 00
  Sioux City MusketeersUSHL3 0 00 0|        
 2012-2013 Sioux City MusketeersUSHL51 9 1625 25|        
 2013-2014 UMass-LowellNCAA41 3 1417 22|        
 2014-2015 UMass-LowellNCAA30 7 1825 28|        
 2015-2016 UMass-LowellNCAA40 4 1620 18|        
 2016-2017 UMass-LowellNCAA41 3 2730 34|        
  New Jersey DevilsNHL5 0 00 0|        
 2017-2018 Binghamton DevilsAHL63 5 1621 22|        
 2018-2019 Binghamton DevilsAHL45 1 1516 10|        
  Iowa WildAHL21 1 78 4|        
 2019-2020 Toronto MarliesAHL14 1 56 6|        
  Newfoundland GrowlersECHL35 1 2021 20|        
 2020-2021 Västerviks IKHockeyAllsvenskan51 8 2331 16|Qualification10 0 77
 2021-2022 Skellefteå AIKSHL52 1 1819 20|Playoffs6 1 01
  Skellefteå AIKChampions HL8 0 00 4|        
 2022-2023 Rögle BKSHL44 7 2128 12|Playoffs9 0 44
  Rögle BKChampions HL8 1 34 6|        
 2023-2024 Rögle BKSHL44 7 1926 14|