KAAPO KAKKO
European Skater - TPS, FINLAND
Final Rank:1Midterm Rank:1
Position:Right WingShoots:Left
Height:6' 2"Weight:194
Born:February 13, 2001
Born in:Turku, FIN
Drafted: 2019: NYR (1st Round / 2nd Overall) 


• Kakko scored 22 goals to lead TPS and rank tied for sixth overall in the Finnish Elite League this season (22-16—38 in 45 GP). His 22 goals set a record for most by a draft-eligible prospect in Finland's top league, surpassing Aleksander Barkov’s previous mark of 21 in 2012-13 (selected 2nd overall by Florida in 2013).

• A three-time gold medalist internationally, Kakko recorded 2-3—5 in 7 games as a member of Team Finland's gold medal-winning entry at the 2019 World Junior Championship and 4-6—10 in 7 games at the 2018 Under-18 World Championship. He capped his 2018-19 season as Finland's leading goal scorer (6-1—7 in 10 GP) to help his country earn gold at the 2019 World Championship.

• Per the IIHF, at 18 years of age Kakko became the youngest player to win gold at the Under-18, World Junior and World Championships – besting Connor McDavid who won all three by age 19.

• A player from Finland has been selected among the top three picks in each of the previous three years: Patrik Laine (No. 2 in 2016), Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 in 2017) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (No. 3 in 2018). Entering 2019, no Finnish-born player has ever been drafted first overall.

• Growing up in Turku, Kakko was a regular at TPS games where he was a fan of current NHLers Mikko Rantanen and Rasmus Ristolainen. He models his game after Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2018-2019TPSFINLAND4522163810
2018-2019FINLAND (2019 IIHF World Championship)ITLTOUR106170
2018-2019FINLAND (2019 WJC Championships)NATOUR72350
2018-2019FIN (Euro Hockey Challenge 2019)ITLTOUR60222
2018-2019FINLAND (2018 WORLD JUNIOR SUMMER SHOWCASE)NACAMP41010
2018-2019FIN U20 (4 Nations Tournament in Hodonin 18-19)ITLTOUR31230
2018-2019FIN (2019 Carlson Hockey Games)ITLTOUR20220
2017-2018TPS JR.FINLAND-JR.3825305516
2017-2018FIN (2018 IIHF U18 World Championship)ITLTOUR746102
2017-2018TPSFINLAND60110
2017-2018TPS U18FINLAND-JR. U18674114
2017-2018FIN U18 (5-Nations tournament in Plymouth 2018)ITLTOUR41342
2016-2017TPS U18FINLAND-JR. U18352417418
2016-2017TPS JR.FINLAND-JR.70440
2016-2017FIN U17 (5 Nations Tournament in Dmitrov 2017)ITLTOUR42462