For the first time in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, Kaapo Kakko will suit up and make his New York Rangers debut.

This day has long been in the making. The New York Rangers announced on Monday that their first-round pick, second overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, Kaapo Kakko, will make his professional debut.

The 18-year-old has not appeared in either of the two games in the tournament. The Rangers prospects have a 1-1 record and will play their third game of the tourney Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET against Minnesota.

Kakko is penciled in to play on the right-wing with Karl Henriksson, centering and 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov on the Left side.

Kravtsov had three assists in the team’s win over Dallas on Saturday.

Other players to watch are Lewis Zerter-Gossage and Brett Kemp. Both players have found the back of the net in the tournament and certainly have had their names mentioned since the tournament began.

Defenseman Adam Fox is also scheduled to play on Monday. Fox had an impressive game Saturday, scoring two goals with three helpers in the teams first win of the tournament.

Igor Shesterkin is scheduled to start with the hope of a better outing than his last game where he gave up six goals on 31 shots. The Russin goalie looked nervous and it showed in his play on the ice.

Monday’s game will be lived stream via NHL.com.

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