Kaapo Kakko and the New York Rangers have agreed to an entry-level contract and the Finnish product is set to take the NHL by storm.
The New York Rangers announced on Thursday afternoon that they have agreed to terms with Kaapo Kakko on an entry-level contract. The superstar teenager is bringing his insane talents from Finland to New York.
Kakko, 18, went second overall to the Rangers after lighting up the Finnish Elite League. He broke the league record for goals scored by a U18 player. He chipped in 16 assists to go along with his record-setting mark of 22 goals.
While playing for Team Finland this past May, Kakko recorded seven points including six goals in 10 games helping Finland win a gold medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. His strong play in Slovakia left many to believe that he would be the No. 1 overall pick.
When the top pick was announced, the name called was Jack Hughes, who was chosen by the New Jersey Devils. However, Rangers fans can feel good knowing that Kakko was the consolation prize for missing out on Hughes.
When camp begins in September, Kakko will join newly signed Vitali Kravtsov, Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox, and Artemi Panarin as the new, fresh faces of the Rangers.
The rebuild is over. The Rangers are once again a team challenging for a playoff spot and have one of the best young prospects leading the way. Kakko’s future on Broadway is bright and he could be the face of the franchise for years to come.
Capfriendly.com reports that the three-year deal is for $2.775 million with an annual cap hit of $925,000.