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Devils, Rangers react to Kakko's spectacular goal at IIHF Worlds

Top two teams in NHL Draft take to Twitter to show they see highly ranked prospect

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Kaapo Kakko is turning heads and inspiring emojis.

The highly regarded forward from Finland scored an eye-popping, highlight-reel goal during the 2019 IIHF World Championship on Friday.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: What a goal from Kaapo Kakko, and set up from Rajala and Ilomaki #FINCAN #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/S9q83qlHY7

The brilliant backhand came in the first period of a 3-1 win against Canada and was the first of Kakko's two goals in the game.

The 18-year-old is the projected No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, which will be held in Vancouver on June 21-22, according to NHL.com's mock draft.

The New Jersey Devils have the No. 1 pick and are projected to take 17-year-old American forward Jack Hughes, according to NHL.com experts. But that doesn't mean they've made their pick.

The Devils tweeted a pair of eye emojis with a GIF of the spectacular goal from Friday.

Tweet from @NJDevils: 👀👀 #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/m5dqabJi1j

The New York Rangers, who hold the No. 2 pick thanks to some NHL Draft Lottery luck, also tweeted eye emojis but made no mention of the goal.

Tweet from @NYRangers: 👀

Whether it is actual gamesmanship or just having a little fun on social media, it should be a fun six weeks leading up to the draft.

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