Kaapo Kakko
Kaapo Kakko
20-Year-Old Right WingRW
New York Rangers
Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 9/15/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kakko's rookie season was disappointing in a lot of ways, but some growing pains were to be expected for an 18-year-old getting his first taste of not only NHL hockey, but North American hockey in general. The second overall pick from the 2019 draft finished the shortened 2019-20 regular season with 10 goals, 13 assists, 13 power-play points and 109 shots on net, but he also posted an ugly minus-26 rating. Looking ahead to 2020-21, Kakko is expected to see time on the Rangers' third line and second power-play unit. That assignment likely won't lead to a substantial jump in ice time, but it's safe to assume Kakko will do more with his opportunities in year two following a full season of NHL hockey and an elongated offseason of training. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect huge things from Kakko this season, but a 15-plus goal, 35-plus point pace isn't unrealistic, making him worth snagging with a late-round pick in this year's drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers in July of 2019.
Won't play Saturday
RWNew York Rangers
Undisclosed
May 8, 2021
Kakko (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's season finale versus Boston, Mollie Walker of Newsday reports.
ANALYSIS
Kakko's absence is reportedly precautionary, so it's safe to assume he'll be 100 percent healthy for next season's training camp. The 20-year-old forward will finish the year with nine goals, 17 points and 81 shots on net through 48 contests.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:21
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:19
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
14:17
2:14
0:01
2020–21
14:21
1:19
0:00
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Although the Devils opted to take American pivot Jack Hughes with the first overall pick in this year's draft, Kakko, who the Rangers took second overall, was considered by many to be the most NHL-ready players in this year's class. The Finnish forward spent the 2018-19 campaign competing against men in his native country, racking up 22 goals and 38 points in 45 games with TPS Turku of the Liiga. The 18-year-old will be stepping into a major role from the get-go as a rookie in 2019-20, logging top-six minutes while also working on New York's top power-play unit, giving him 30-plus goal and 60-plus point upside. Kakko will be a real-life and fantasy stud for years to come.
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Scores twice in win
RWNew York Rangers
April 25, 2021
Kakko netted two goals in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sabres.
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Contributes assist Sunday
RWNew York Rangers
April 11, 2021
Kakko notched an assist in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders.
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Returns to active roster
RWNew York Rangers
April 8, 2021
Kakko was promoted to the active roster ahead of Thursday's game versus the Penguins, per CapFriendly.
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To taxi squad in paper move
RWNew York Rangers
April 7, 2021
Kakko was designated for the taxi squad Wednesday, per CapFriendly.
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Scores first PPG of 2020-21
RWNew York Rangers
April 6, 2021
Kakko scored a power-play goal and an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 8-4 win over Pittsburgh.
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