The Penguins have selected KalPa (Finland) right winger Kasperi Kapanen with the No. 22 overall pick in the first round.
In 47 games last season, Kapanen (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) scored 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). he missed approximately a month of action due to a shoulder injury including the World Junior championship tournament.
A few highlights:
Kapanen, 17, is the son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen, a right winger with with the Whalers, Hurricanes and the Flyers. The Kapanens have been teammates the past two seasons with KalPa. Sami Kapanen played for current Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford when he held the same post with the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise.
A scouting report from NHL.com says:
“He’s a good-skating wing and can also play center. He has a smooth and surprisingly fast style that has surprised many unsuspecting defensemen. His tricky puck skills and quick release have paid off in many games and he has good hand-eye coordination. He’s not overly physical, but does not shy away from rough situations.”
From Hockey's Future:
"Kasperi Kapanen plays a cerebral game with the skills and speed to allow him to make the proper plays in all situations and make the players around him better. While not over whelming from a physical standpoint and with room to continue growing, his hockey sense is on par with the other top players in his age group and he maximizes his talents to get the best out of his game."
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