Good morning, Kaapo Kakko is here to remind you why he’s in the running to go first overall at the upcoming NHL Draft.
The 18-year-old phenom buried the opening goal for Finland at the world championships on Friday, and it was a beauty. Less than 10 minutes into the game, Kakko splits the Canadian defense, fights through a delayed penalty from a sprawling Brandon Montour and still manages to tuck it past Matt Murray through an impossibly small space. Pretty good, kid.
This caught the attention of a few eager NHL teams who would be thrilled to get their hands on the top prospect at the end of June.
It’s especially interesting that the New Jersey Devils, who have first pick this year, also tweeted the eyeball emoji at the Finnish star’s goal. It’s almost been a guarantee this season that Jack Hughes would be selected first overall. Are these just mind games? Possibly.
Kakko finished the game with two goals after giving Finland the 3-1 insurance with an empty netter. The young prospect was named Finland’s player of game in his debut. Your move Jack Hughes.
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