The Pittsburgh Penguins selected forward Kasperi Kapanen from Kalpa of the Finnish Elite League with the 22nd-overall selection of the first round.
Kapanen, 17, was the No. 1-rated European skater by NHL Central Scouting after finishing with seven goals, seven assists and 14 points in 47 games for Kalpa in Finland’s top professional league.
Kapanen is the son of long-time NHL player Sami Kapanen, who had 458 career points in 831 NHL regular-season games. The two Kapanens were teammates this year with Kalpa.
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford drafted Kasperi’s dad, Sami, in the fourth round (87th overall) in the 1995 NHL Draft when he was the GM of the Hartford Whalers.
Kapanen was ranked as the 10th-overall prospect by The Hockey News; 13th-overall by International Scouting Services; and 18th-overall by McKeen's Hockey.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Kapanen has starred internationally many times for Finland, scoring five goals at the 2013 World Under-18 Championships, including the game-winning marker in the bronze-medal game.
At the 2013 World Under-17 Challenge, Kapanen led Finland in scoring with nine points (3G-6A).
Kapanen was selected to play for Finland at the 2014 World Junior Championship, but he was unable to suit up due to injury.
Kasperi Kapanen’s grandfather, Hannu Kapanen, was a forward for five seasons with Jokerit and HIFK of the Finnish Elite League, and also played for Finland at the 1976 Canada Cup and 1976 Olympics.