Ka-apo Ka-kko *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*
Just thinking about Sam Rosen saying Kaapo Kakko’s names for the next decade gives me chills. Or the chants the Blueshirts faithful can come up with for him, amazing.
In last weeks NHL draft lottery, the Rangers somehow managed to receive the second overall pick. With the Devils picking first, and almost guaranteed to take American phenom Jack Hughes, Kakko is falling right into Jeff Gorton’s lap. Maybe, JUST maybe, this kid will make him finally crack a smile.
The 18 year-old Finnish prospect is a stud. He had 38 points (22 G, 16 A) in 45 games with TPS Turku. He skates like the wind and has great passing ability. He has a mean slap shot, but the wrister needs a little work. It is not necessarily a below average shot, however. He has a very quick release which helps him.
One thing that makes him an elite prospect and an NHL ready talent is his ice vision. He is always a step ahead, helping develop the play much quicker than a player at his age usually does. He is also strong without the puck, always looking to put himself in the best position to help the team.
If there is one gripe about his game, it is his defense. He isn’t necessarily the most defensive minded winger, but that could develop with age. David Quinn’s philosophy of putting the most hard working lines together will add to that growth, and we could see that defensive aspect change sooner rather than later. But overall, this guy is good.
On June 21st in Vancouver, it will be a big day for the Blueshirts. With their highest pick in franchise history, it is a organizational turn around. Adding Kaapo Kakko to the team will not only make them better now, but for the next decade. Yes, Kaako is that good.
*Photo: New York Post