Kasperi Kapanen
Kasperi Kapanen
23-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.
Inks three-year deal
RWToronto Maple Leafs
June 28, 2019
Kapanen agreed to terms on a three-year, $9.6 million contract extension with Toronto on Friday.
ANALYSIS
It's a solid bridge deal for Kapanen, who is just coming off the entry-level deal he signed with the Penguins in 2014. The 22-year-old set career highs across the board this season, including goals (20), assists (24) and shots (174). The winger figures to slot into a top-six role heading into the 2019-20 campaign and could push for the 50-point mark this year, especially if he can expand his role on the power play.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:37
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:48
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:37
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2016–17
10:42
0:03
1:24
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
11:15
0:02
1:05
2018–19
16:37
0:48
1:37
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Set with QO
RWToronto Maple Leafs
June 25, 2019
The Leafs extended a qualifying offer to Kapanen on Tuesday.
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Agreement in principle for new deal
RWToronto Maple Leafs
June 22, 2019
Kapanen and the Leafs have agreed in principle to a contract extension, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.
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Late flurry tips scales in Game 5
RWToronto Maple Leafs
April 19, 2019
Kapanen scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5 of their first-round series.
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Gets big monkey off back
RWToronto Maple Leafs
April 6, 2019
Kapanen scored a goal in Saturday's 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal.
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Returning Tuesday
RWToronto Maple Leafs
March 19, 2019
Kapanen (concussion) will be in Tuesday's lineup against the Predators.
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