He actually has a bit of everything. He is technically skilled with a good shot. He is good on the skates and has a great eye for the game. In addition, he has the courage to do almost anything on the ice, " says Philip Saxén, sports director at Hufvudstadsbladet.
" If I have to compare Kakko with a Swedish player so he is a bit of a Peter Forsberg-type. He has the same attitude that Forsberg had.
As of Monday's world CUP match against the united states when he faced the seasoned NHL-slopes. They tried to disrupt him with physical play, but he just enjoyed it and saw to it that all of the time and protect the puck.
In February of this year filled Kaapo Kakko 18 years. He was already double world champion.
he won the U18 world CHAMPIONSHIPS, and in January of this year did Kakko the decisive goal in the final against the united states in slutminuten when Finland won the JUNIOR gold medal.
During the klubbsäsongen with TPS Turku, where he received his hockeyfostran,, he accounted for 22 goals and 16 assists in 45 matches.
" He genuinely enjoy when he is out on the ice. This can be seen during the world CUP, and it has seen throughout the season in the TPS. There has also been clear that when there are important matches he lights a little extra in that way that great players do.
After the match against the united states, where Finland took a point – told Kaapo Kakko on the sense to meet their future opponents.
the Answer shows that, even if he is already behaving like a billed on the ice, so he's still just a teenager.
" It was great to play today. Not least because I got to meet players that I had previously only met in NHL19, " he said in the mixed zone after the match.
Kakko was 13 years old he got a surprising answer.
A blood test showed that he had type 1 diabetes and was allergic to gluten.
It means that he must be extra careful with the food he gets in.
"He has not talked much about it but said that it did not affect him as a player," says Filip Saxén.
it is perfectly possible to succeed as a hockey player, even if you have diabetes is that among other things, Montreal's Max Domi and Horse Linus Johansson shown.
between the united states and Finland was also a match in the match between USA's Jack Hughes and Finland's Kaapo Kakko.
In June, they meet again in the NHL entry draft.
Hughes is touted to go number one, and end up in New Jersey who get to choose first, and Kakko as the runner up.
It would mean that the 18-year-old finn ends up in the New York Rangers and will be klubbkompis with Henrik Lundqvist.
with The Kakkos success at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS-the ice is raised the voices to Kaapo Kakko should be selected first, but Hufvudstadsbladets director Philip Saxén believe, however, that it will be the New York Rangers for the 18-year-old for TPS Turku.
– the Team is not about who is the best right now, but who is going to be the in the long term. I do not believe that the boy scouts, who have followed Hughes and Kakko in several years – and which all the time had Hughes first – comes to mind as a result of these tournaments, " says Filip Saxén.
" But to go as second think I can be perfect for Kakko. Given the rebuilding that the New York Rangers are implementing it can be quite the right time for him to come to the club, and become an important part of the change.
Philip Saxén continues with a laugh:
And outside the rink, maybe it is nicer to be in New York city than in New Jersey.
the latest model from the Finnish talangfabriken, but he will join an increasingly growing crowd.
in recent years, Finland has produced a number of talented players.
It is no coincidence. Instead, it is a conscious effort that began just over ten years ago, which is now yielding dividends.
– Previously, the Finnish prototype for the hockey players, the humble grovjobbaren that with humility and good attitude, did that they did well. It resulted in Finland for a long time not produced anything other than players for the third - and fjärdekedjorna in the NHL, " says Filip Saxén.
" the Federation realized that Finland began to slip behind in development. We did still pretty good by having a strong team – something that's always been a Finnish strength – but in the long run, wouldn't Finland be able to maintain itself in the top but really good spetsspelare.
So the Finnish hockey association called to a seminar where the trainer and the decision-makers in the Finnish hockey participated.
Something that can be compared to the Swedish ice hockey association in the early 2000's, the successful Juniortema investigation.
seminar made the Finnish hockey to a change of direction.
– since Then, they have invested millions of euros in juniorutveckling in klubblagen financed by the federation. It has been the question of individual training that skotträning and technique training to get up individually skilled players by encouraging their creativity, " says Philip Saxén.
– the Change was necessary. Without it, we'd not had players like Mikko Rantanen, Patrik Laine, Sebastian Aho and now Kaapo Kakko.
– They are all certainly exceptional talents, but now they have also been given the opportunity to develop the talent in a good way during junior time.
intense start to the world CUP with three matches in four days against the toppmotstånd, Finland has in common with the Three Crowns – matchledigt in two days.
On Thursday, waiting for Denmark in the fourth round for Finland, which plays its world CUP matches in Kosice.
In advance was the Finnish world CUP team greatly nederlagstippat but after victories against Canada and Slovakia, and a point against the united states, Finland has now the chance to win the group.
Kaapo Kakko has made five goals in three matches. Now waiting for something simpler resistance in the four remaining matches.
It may indicate that we may see the teenager måljubla also this week.
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