Kasperi Kapanen
Kasperi Kapanen
24-Year-Old Right WingRW
Toronto Maple Leafs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kapanen started on the fourth line last season, but roared into the top nine due to William Nylander's absence. He even spent considerable time with stud Auston Matthews, so it's not surprising that the 2014 first-round speedster was able to put up 19 goals and 41 points in his first 63 games. Yes, Kapanen's offense cooled considerably at the end of the season, but we like his combination of positive possession, elite speed, excellent hustle and great hands. Kapanen should reprise his role alongside Auston Matthews in 2019-20, and should be a 55-to-60 point player. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9.6 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs in June of 2019.
Slides pair of helpers
RWToronto Maple Leafs
August 6, 2020
Kapanen registered two assists, one shorthanded, in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
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Kapanen's two helpers were his first points in the series. The Finn has added 14 PIM, six hits and four shots in three games. Kapanen managed 13 goals and 36 points in 69 contests during the regular season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:47
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:15
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:39
 
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2017–18
11:15
0:02
1:05
2018–19
16:37
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2019–20
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Kapanen was a beast on the fourth line in 38 games with the Buds in 2017-18. His speed made him impossible to handle. In fact, he's probably the fastest Leaf on two blades and one of the speediest guys in the entire league. Kapanen scored seven goals and added two assists with the Leafs, plus another 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 28 AHL games last year. Kapanen will bring his talented speed game to the Leafs' bottom-six in 2018-19. He'll duke it out with Connor Brown for a gig on the third line, and while he's more likely to see penalty-killing duty than power-play time, he could have 15-20 goals in his stick this season. There's fantasy value in that, but only in deep formats.
Kapanen's game has really grown in the AHL -- he delivered at a point-per-game pace in 43 contests for the AHL Toronto Marlies in 2016-17. There, he developed a much stronger two-way game and even earned time on the penalty kill. Kapanen's future with the Leafs is somewhat cloudy, though. He profiles as an excellent two-way right winger in the bottom six, but the Leafs are flush with right wingers. Couple that with his flexibility -- he can go back and forth between the AHL and NHL without passing through waivers -- and that means he'll likely break camp with the Marlies. Kapanen will be an injury recall for the Leafs, but that isn't enough to roster him this season.
Kapanen was the centerpiece of the Phil Kessel trade, but does that make him a future stud? Scouts are torn. Some see him as a smooth-skating, high-skill winger with strong hockey sense who scores goals at will. Others wonder if his size (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) will prevent him from truly exceling and that his ultimate upside is in the top-nine of a strong team. His defensive game needs help, but that’s nothing new for many teenage players. And he needs time to thicken his body before we truly see where he’ll fit into the Leafs’ overall structure. Leafs fans love him, but we’re more realistic. We like him and hope he can become the scorer he was projected to be when the Pens drafted him in the first round. He’ll grow his game in the minors this season, and we’ll reassess next year.
Kapanen makes for a strong pickup in keeper leagues. The Penguins have stated that the son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen will get a long look at training camp to make the team. He certainly impressed scouts during this summer’s rookie camp with his combination of vision and speed. Still, it's unlikely the 18-year-old makes much of a fantasy impact in 2014-15. He suited up against older players -- including his father -- for KalPa in Finland last season and scored seven goals and 14 points in 47 games. Taken 22nd overall by Pittsburgh as one of the best European prospects on the board, Kapanen will have to really impress management to crack the squad this season. Even if he doesn't, however, his future as one of Pittsburgh's few elite forward prospects is bright.
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Speed, skill and now grit
RWToronto Maple Leafs
February 22, 2020
Kapanen set up two goals in a 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.
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Scores overtime winner
RWToronto Maple Leafs
February 11, 2020
Kapanen scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes on Tuesday.
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Will play Monday
RWToronto Maple Leafs
February 3, 2020
Kapanen (not injured related) will be in the lineup against the Panthers on Monday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
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Reason for scratch clarified
RWToronto Maple Leafs
Not Injury Related
February 1, 2020
Head coach Sheldon Keefe said Kapanen was scratched for "internal accountability" Saturday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
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Absence not injury related
RWToronto Maple Leafs
Not Injury Related
February 1, 2020
Kapanen is a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Senators, Luke Fox of Sportsnet reports.
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