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Top-ranked European skater Kaapo Kakko spoke at the Top Prospects Media Availability

by Marc Ciampa /

VANCOUVER, BC - Kaapo Kakko spoke with the media at the Top Prospects Media Availability on a boat in Cole Harbour on Thursday afternoon. He was asked a wide variety of topics in an interview with a large scrum of reporters. 

He was first asked about Jack Hughes. 

"He's a great player. So good skater. I like his game," Kakko said. 

He also talked about playing in the NHL season and having the goal to do exactly that. 

"It's my plan and my goal to play in the NHL next year," Kakko noted. "I need more strength, I need to go to the gym and then I'm ready."

Most of the interview was done in English. He talked about having to learn the language, which he has been doing throughout the season. 

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"It's a new thing for me. It's sometimes difficult but I'm better than last time in Vancouver (back in December at the World Junior Hockey Championship)," Kakko stated. "I watch and talk in the locker room with American guys. It's the biggest thing for me."

Kakko was asked about who he might know on either the Devils or the Rangers

"Not so much. I think in New Jersey there is Sami Vatanen and New York Rangers there is Alex Georgiev. He played in TPS (in the Finnish league, despite being from Bulgaria)."

Kakko has never visited the New York City area before, but had one funny quip. 

"It's a nice city. It's a little big bigger than Turku." 

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