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Maple Leafs' Kapanen to play for Finland at WJC

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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen was released Sunday to play for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.

Kapanen, the 22nd pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, has five points in 10 games for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a multiplayer trade that sent Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2015.

Kapanen had a goal in five games at the 2015 tournament before Finland was eliminated in a 6-3 quarterfinal loss to Sweden.

The 2016 WJC will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. The Finns begin training camp Dec. 13 at Vierumaki Training Centre, and play exhibition games Dec. 21 and 22.

The Maple Leafs will also determine the status of Swedish forward William Nylander by the end of the week. Nylander, the eighth pick of the 2014 draft, leads the AHL with 31 points in 24 games. He had 10 points in seven games for fourth-place Sweden at the 2015 WJC.

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