Kasperi Kapanen
Kasperi Kapanen
22-Year-Old Right WingRW
Toronto Maple Leafs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Penguins in July 2014. Traded to the Maple Leafs in July 2015.
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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The two teams fired blanks for two periods, but Kapanen helped Auston Matthews open the scoring midway through the third before popping what proved to be the game-winner a little over two minutes later. The points were Kapanen's first of the postseason, but he'll look to carry that momentum forward into what could prove to be a deciding Game 6 back in Toronto on Sunday.
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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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2014
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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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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Targeting Tuesday
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Concussion
March 18, 2019
Kapanen (concussion) is expected to play Tuesday in Nashville, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
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Resumes skating
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Concussion
March 15, 2019
Kapanen (concussion) skated on his own prior to Friday's practice, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
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Out with concussion
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Concussion
March 13, 2019
Kapanen is dealing with a concussion and will not play Wednesday against the Blackhawks.
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