NHL Draft War Room: Kasperi Kapanen

Kasperi Kapanen

THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings: #10 (Feb 2014)

THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #11 (March 2014)

Kasperi Kapanen, right (Raitis Purins/YIS Photo)
Kasperi Kapanen, right (Raitis Purins/YIS Photo)
  • Hashtag/Nickname: #TheFinnishSniper
  • Team: #42, KalPa, SM-liiga
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 180 lb.
  • Born: Kuopio, Finland, 23-Jul-96
  • Twitter: @kasperikapanen


Other Rankings

  • 6 – NHL Combined – Mid-term, Jan-14
  • 9 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14
  • 12 – ISS, Feb-14
  • 14 – Craig Button, Jan-14
  • 15 – Future Considerations, Feb-14

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  • Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, at NHL.com,

“Kasperi is at present the No. 1 European prospect.  He’s a regular with Kalpa in the Finnish league and is off to a good start. He’s a sniper who will play for Finland at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He possesses excellent vision and has great skills … he’s a star in the making.”

From the War Room

  • Eldon MacDonald, THW: A few words on Kasperi Kapanen:
    • Offense – High-end sniper with the speed, dangle and shot to really make things happen.
    • Compete – Top level, always in the mix.
    • Genes – Plays with his Dad, 13 year NHL veteran Sami Kapanan. And no, he doesn’t play with his grandfather, Hannu Kapanen, who also played in the SM-liiga in the seventies.
    • Improvements to Make – Like most players his age, his defensive game is still a work in progress. Also, he needs to sacrifice himself a little more to make plays succeed.  
    • Draft Placement – Most have him in and around the top 10. He could go higher to a team in love with his sniper abilities or he could slide a bit, like another relatively slight Finnish sniper,  Teuvo Teräväinen, the excellent Chicago Black Hawks prospect in 2012.


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