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Rranger
Posted 2019-04-13 9:13 AM (#724416)
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I am 100% on board with this guy and have more than a few concerns the NYD's will take him. This guys game is built for playoffs and battling. He's had success at Center and on the wing in the Finnish League. Head to head against Hughes on the ice, I'd be betting Kakko.
I will be suprised and happy if the Devils take Hughes.

Excellent article on Kappo here with actual insight on his center play.


https://www.habseyesontheprize.com/nhl-entry-draft-picks-2019/2019/4...
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Mikey Red
Posted 2019-04-13 9:25 AM (#724419 - in reply to #724416)
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I can live with either guy....If we can draft Hughes perhaps some wheeling and dealing can happen instead
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LeetchyMrRanger
Posted 2019-04-13 11:27 AM (#724420 - in reply to #724416)
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I think Devs take the American kid. He is also friends with Hall & practices with Hall.
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robstones
Posted 2019-04-13 12:09 PM (#724421 - in reply to #724416)
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It's a can't lose situation. Hughes will probably be the better player in the long run, but Kakko is going to hit the ground running
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Mikey Red
Posted 2019-04-13 12:32 PM (#724422 - in reply to #724416)
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And the Winnipeg pick is looking better...Go Blues Go!
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Beezer34
Posted 2019-04-20 7:35 AM (#724789 - in reply to #724416)
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Kakko looks solid as a rock ... and game ready NOW.. next year could see the Rangers and the youth they have in the fold... and bring in Krastov and Kakko step into th e team and do not rule out Panerin.. so that is a LOT of talent to drop on a team in one summer add Shestyorkin who should be the starter in Hartford... but waiting to take the reigns.. then you have about 3 D kids who will be in camp and ready to run ... it is exciting to see so much young talent... and Shestyorkin and Miller and Krastov show the Rangers have a player in each position who looks like a blue chipper.. Kakko would be another.
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NTHockey
Posted 2019-04-20 8:45 AM (#724791 - in reply to #724789)
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Beezer34 - 2019-04-20 9:35 AM

Kakko looks solid as a rock ... and game ready NOW.. next year could see the Rangers and the youth they have in the fold... and bring in Krastov and Kakko step into th e team and do not rule out Panerin.. so that is a LOT of talent to drop on a team in one summer add Shestyorkin who should be the starter in Hartford... but waiting to take the reigns.. then you have about 3 D kids who will be in camp and ready to run ... it is exciting to see so much young talent... and Shestyorkin and Miller and Krastov show the Rangers have a player in each position who looks like a blue chipper.. Kakko would be another.


IF that plays out as you describe (and I hope it does), 3 forwards and 2 defensemen have to go from the current roster. My thoughts are Fast, Veasy and Nieves are goners. On defense, Smith and Shattenkirk (I wish) but more likely Pionk won't be here next year.

With the youth additions, that will make it easier for the expansion draft. Krastov, Kakko and Miller are exempt. Don't know about Hajek.

All in all, fun times ahead.
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Rranger
Posted 2019-04-21 5:23 PM (#724837 - in reply to #724416)
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No doubt about it the Rangers are going to have a significant infusion of new talent. Kakko or Hughes, Kravtsov, Hajek, Lindgren possibly Fox. And Shestorokin will be on the Rangers. One hopes Chytil and Andersson with no more excuses make major steps. That's a lot of oomph replacing Nieves, Brickley, probably, Claussen, Pionk? Smith? Shattenkirk? Who knows but they should be a exciting group with a younger team, fast and skilled.
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concust
Posted 2019-04-22 7:34 AM (#724843 - in reply to #724416)
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I really have no problem with either guy. They are just different types of player. They're both going to score a lot of points, they'll just utilize different skills to get them.
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Pierre_Pdare
Posted 2019-04-22 9:20 AM (#724846 - in reply to #724416)
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I've seen him compared to Kopitar... I think he skates better than Kopitar, but Kopitar is really strong... and prolly 50 bigger. But Kakkp will still grow some and prolly settle in at 215-220 lbs. I think he cn become the centerpiece the rangers have been lacking... That's if the Debbies don't snatch him... Hughes is much smaller at this point and will be more of a finesse player which couldn't hurt either.I am good with either guy but Kakko is my first choice. I hope he is working hard on his game and his English.

Edited by Pierre_Pdare 2019-04-22 9:22 AM
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concust
Posted 2019-04-22 10:16 AM (#724848 - in reply to #724846)
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Pierre_Pdare - 2019-04-22 10:20 AM

I've seen him compared to Kopitar... I think he skates better than Kopitar, but Kopitar is really strong... and prolly 50 bigger. But Kakkp will still grow some and prolly settle in at 215-220 lbs. I think he cn become the centerpiece the rangers have been lacking... That's if the Debbies don't snatch him... Hughes is much smaller at this point and will be more of a finesse player which couldn't hurt either.I am good with either guy but Kakko is my first choice. I hope he is working hard on his game and his English.


If he's as good as he's supposed to be, we'll just make everyone else learn Finnish.
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