Aberg is currently a restricted free agent. Having owned the team since, it was no surprise when Kasperi Kapanen made his bantam debut with KalPa's under-16 affiliate in the Jr. C SM-Sarja. Aberg was originally drafted by Nashville in the second round (37th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft that was hosted in Pittsburgh. In 260 career AHL contests, the Stockholm, Sweden native has registered 178 points (97G-81A). Though he was created in Finland, he considers himself a Philadelphia indigenous. He started his junior hockey profession as an associate from the Finnish KalPa group possessed by his dad. Even his dad has been impressed by the growth he’s seen from his son on the ice. “Two years ago it looked like he was still so far away,” said Sami, of his son’s skill-set. Jimmy Rutherford was Sami Kapanen’s GM with Carolina and after coming to the Penguins drafted Sami’s son Kasperi 22 nd overall in 2014. The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Pontus Aberg, and defenseman Jesper Lindgren from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Evan Rodrigues, David Warsofsky, Filip Hallander and a 2020 first-round draft pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. But you get used to it and I really enjoyed it. **, Press J to jump to the feed. “It’s the same guy you just had breakfast with in the morning – so it’s weird. He was beset by injuries, including a bad shoulder which precluded him from playing for gold medalist Finland at the world junior championships in Malmo, Sweden. “Kapanen is a sniper with great offensive instincts,” said Goran Stubb, the NHL’s director of European scouting. The lure to continue in hockey was something that he could not even quantify in either English or his native Finnish. Son of Sami: Kasperi Kapanen is ready to leave his father behind and make his own mark in the NHL PHILADELPHIA — There was only one thing that could bring Sami Kapanen out of retirement. Jimmy Rutherford was Sami Kapanen’s GM with Carolina and after coming to the Penguins drafted Sami’s son Kasperi 22nd overall in 2014. Tags 1996 23 Finland Hockey Player July July 23 Kasperi Kapanen Kuopio Leo, 6-period NBA All-Star referred to as “The Greyhound” for his quick design and chiseled physique. Getting traded back to the Penguins Tuesday had a strong air of familiarity for the younger Kapanen. Kapanen, 17, has emerged as a third-generation star in SM-liiga, Finland's top professional league. There are definitely advantages and drawbacks to being the son of Rutherford and the Kapanen family have long been friendly. admin Kapanen was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round (22nd overall) in 2014. I also remember the series losing goal that happened 10 seconds later. The 24-year-old Kapanen was the Penguins’ first-round draft pick in 2014 before being traded to Toronto in the Phil Kessel deal. Presently the right-winger, who turns 18 next month, is the top-rated European skater in the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau’s rankings. He also appeared in five games for the Maple Leafs, picking up an assist. I went to the inaugural event at that rink when it was called the CoreStates Centre. “He wasn’t thinking and he yelled out, ‘Hey Dad,’ ” said Sami with a laugh. Getting traded back […] He is coming off of a season in which he recorded 36 points (13G-23A) in 69 games for the Leafs, eclipsing the 30-point plateau for the second-consecutive season. It’s probably one of the best things that ever happened to me.”. Kapanen is signed through the 2021-22 season and his contract carries an average annual value of $3.2 million, while Lindgren has one year remaining on his entry-level contract which has an average annual value of $775,833. In 202 career regular-season games, all with Toronto, Kapanen has 41 goals, 49 assists and 90 points. 11.2. Kasperi Kapanen is a Finnish ice hockey player who plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. (He’s) an excellent puck handler with smooth hands – a very good, quick and surprising shot.”. “Having previously drafted him, we know him as a player and feel he can improve our top-6. “The next thing you know he was playing with the men at 16 and at that point when he showed up to our practice I started to realize how fast he is. 2020 NBA Mock Draft 5.0 - Will LaMelo Ball go #1? PHILADELPHIA — There was only one thing that could bring Sami Kapanen out of retirement. Lindgren was originally drafted by Toronto in the fourth round (95th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. “He is a much better hockey player than what he showed during the 2013-14 season,” noted Stubb. In 2013, he had taken the bronze alongside all of those other under-18 Finnish nationwide group on the Sochi Globe Tournament. Close. was completed in 1996. however the Wells Fargo name was used starting 2011. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Posted by 11 months ago. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, **The Toronto Maple Leafs subreddit, home to links and discussion of the Maple Leafs. While with KalPa, he was teammates with his father, long-time NHL player Sami Kapanen. At 5-foot-11 and 180-pounds, Kasperi is slightly bigger than his dad. In 2013, he had taken the bronze alongside all of those other under-18 Finnish nationwide group on the Sochi Globe Tournament. [Masters] Emotional night for Kasperi Kapanen, whose dad Sami played for the Flyers "You see the section & the seats I used to sit in with my mom all the time. Those things he already had after playing more than 800 games in the NHL. This is the last in a series of profiles leading up to the NHL Draft on Friday and Saturday. …. In 2004 and 2005, he performed alongside American hockey participant Adam Hall over the KalPa Finnish group. Even his dad has been impressed by the growth he’s seen from his son on the ice.
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