Rasmus Kupari

Los Angeles Kings
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Fantasy Summary

Highly skilled playmaking center with top six upside. Elite skater who owns very soft hands and great vision on the ice.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 15, 2000
Height 6‘1”
Weight 189 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 20

Observations

November 2018After being drafted 20th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in June, Kupari signed an ELC on July 13th. He’s currently playing on loan with Kärpät of the Finnish Liiga, where he’s started the season with 13 points, including 6 goals, in 18 games. Kupari recently played for Finland in the U20 Four Nations tournament at the beginning of November. He was also a part of Finland’s gold medal-winning team at April’s U18 World Championships, where he had three points, including two goals, in four games. It seems likely he will once again represent Finland at the upcoming World Junior Championships. Hannah Stuart

March 2018 – Kupari is a highly skilled, playmaking center. He is undersized, but is a strong skater with a high hockey IQ and hockey sense that makes him a dangerous offensive player and a reliable defensive player. Kupari started his draft year with a solid showing for Finland at the Ivan Hlinka scoring two goals and seven points in four games. He started the season playing at the pro level in Liiga despite being drafted by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the CHL Import Draft, but after struggling somewhat with 12 points in 35 games was subsequently loaned to Hermes in the Mestis. Don’t be discouraged by this apparent set back as an undersized 17-year-old, undersized player it simply means Kupari needs more development time before he is pro ready. Kupari was also included on the Finnish World Junior team as an underage player, but was held pointless despite displaying his high skill set. Kupari has a high ceiling, and drawing comparisons to countryman Sebastian Aho gives you an indication of his upside, but he is a long term investment.  Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Titaanit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Titaanit U18 Jr. B Mestis 30 4 9 13 16 |          
 2015-2016 KooKoo U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 4 9 13 6 |          
  KooKoo U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 8 4 2 6 0 |          
  KooKoo U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 20 12 7 19 6 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 11 3 3 6 4 |          
  Finland U16 YOG 6 1 1 2 3 |          
 2016-2017 Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 21 8 9 17 12 | Playoffs 5 3 2 5
  Kärpät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 22 4 10 14 6 | Playoffs 5 2 3 5
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 21 4 5 9 10 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 3 3 2 |          
 2017-2018 Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 2 5 7 0 |          
  Kärpät U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 11 3 4 7 12 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Kärpät Liiga 39 6 8 14 12 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0
  Hermes Mestis 5 1 3 4 4 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 4 2 1 3 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 8 4 6 10 0 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 13 0 1 1 0 |          
 2018-2019 Kärpät Liiga 18 6 7 13 24 |          
  Kärpät Champions HL 7 1 6 7 2 |          

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