The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Kasperi Kapanen from KalPa of the Finnish League to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Kapanen, 18, is coming off a strong playoff run for KalPa where he had five assists in six games. During the regular season he improved his offensive numbers across the board from a season ago, totaling 11 goals, 10 assists and 21 points in 41 contests.
Kapanen, Pittsburgh’s first-round (22nd overall) pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, represented Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Montreal and Toronto, where he scored one goal.
During the preseason, Kapanen suited up for four exhibition games for Pittsburgh, scoring a power-play goal against Columbus on Sept. 27.
Last season, as a 17 year old, Kapanen had seven goals, seven assists and 14 points in 47 games for Kalpa.
Kapanen is the son of long-time NHL player Sami Kapanen.