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Kakko agrees to entry-level contract with Rangers

Forward was No. 2 pick in 2019 NHL Draft @NHLdotcom

Kaapo Kakko, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Terms of the contract were not released.


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The 18-year-old forward had 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) in 45 games for TPS in Liiga, Finland's top professional league, last season. His 22 goals were the most by a player 18 or younger in league history, one more than Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov scored for Tappara in 53 games in 2012-13.

Kakko (6-foot-2, 194 pounds) had seven points (six goals, one assist) in 10 games to help Finland win the gold medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. He also won gold at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship and 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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