Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko

20-Year-Old Right WingRW
New York Rangers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Kakko's rookie season back in 2019-20 was a disaster, both in terms of scoring (10 goals, 23 points in 66 games) and advanced analytics. The offensive numbers (9 goals, 17 points in 48 games) weren't much better last year, but his defensive play improved immensely, giving real hope there is a breakout forthcoming for the former No. 2 overall pick. Kakko is expected to move into the Rangers' top six this season with Pavel Buchnevich having been traded to the Blues, meaning he is likely to play on a line with either Artemi Panarin or Mika Zibanejad. That, along with an expected bump in power-play time make Kakko an ideal late-round fantasy sleeper. Kakko won't turn 21 years of age until mid-February. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers in July of 2019.
Over point per game in last seven
RWNew York Rangers
December 1, 2021
Kakko dished out two helpers -- one on the power play -- to go with six shots in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.
ANALYSIS
Kakko opened the season on a 10-game point drought, but he's produced eight points in seven games since. The 20-year-old Finn set a new season high in shots on goal here, and he was denied two golden opportunities at picking up his fourth goal of the season by Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who blocked a pair of Kakko's offerings at the empty net late. Given his draft pedigree as the second-overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft and the lack of competition for top-six right wing minutes on New York's roster, this could wind up being more than an isolated hot streak for Kakko.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:45
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:57
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:41
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
14:17
2:14
0:01
2020–21
14:21
1:19
0:00
2021–22
15:45
0:57
0:41
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
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.
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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Finally gets on scoresheet
RWNew York Rangers
November 14, 2021
Kakko scored a goal, dished an assist and went plus-2 in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Devils.
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Officially activated
RWNew York Rangers
October 28, 2021
Kakko (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve prior to Friday's game versus the Blue Jackets, per CapFriendly.
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Playing Friday
RWNew York Rangers
Upper Body
October 28, 2021
Kakko (upper body) will be in Friday's lineup against Columbus, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports.
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Expected to return Friday
RWNew York Rangers
Upper Body
October 25, 2021
Kakko (upper body) will not be available Monday against Calgary but is expected to play Friday against Columbus, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports.
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Could play Monday
RWNew York Rangers
Upper Body
October 24, 2021
Kakko (upper body) skated with the team at practice Sunday (but did not take line rushes) and has "a chance" to play Monday against the Flames, according to head coach Gerard Gallant, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports.
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