Player Discussion Kaapo Kakko: Part III

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  1. Maximus Registered User

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    Sweet breakdown AK....well done. Ridiculous how much hockey he played combined with all that travel...bonkers!

    A rested and rejuvenated Kakko is a "dangerous" Kakko. Canes better not sleep on him...just saying!...:nod:
     
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    I don't know that accepting is the word I would use. I'm happy that he is more noticeable now although I thought he was coming on those last few games before the break.

    I just want to see him break towards the net and not be on the perimeter so much. He was a force driving to the net on bigger ice. He needs to figure out how to get in better scoring position against bigger, faster, and better players in the NHL. He's only 19. He will only get stronger and better. How much better is tbd.
     
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    I was watching the Blackhawks feed last night before their game, they profiled Dach and laid out the exact same argument for him lol. I actually didn't watch much of the game itself but Dach ended up with 2 assists. And Kakko looked way better last night He actually called for and let rip a one timer, didn't even know he was able to do that. So maybe theres something to all that. We'll see how he plays when the games matter.
     
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    Yeah and I said it a few times, I almost thought for a crazy 5 seconds that Kakko morphed into Ovie as he was shooting the puck at the net like he had no worries in the world. It was glorious to see....lol

    In all seriousness, Kakko and I said this a few times past day or so in different threads here on our board, looked like a guy who spent the covid break to improve on everything we all saw he needed too improve upon. He looked a bit bigger and stronger, he looked like he had more burst for loose pucks, he looked quicker and faster, he looked unafraid shooting the puck at any time and he looked like he easily could keep up with his linemates as far as skating is concerned. He actually looked dangerous on the ice which pre-covid was something I rarely saw.

    He basically looked like a guy who was refreshed and ready too show why he deserved too be the #2 if not #1 overall pick in the draft last year and is out to prove a point that the pre-covid Kakko was an impostor and that this new Kakko is here to stay and will be getting better and better.....lol
     
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    Dach may not have had the same brutal traveling, but yeah. Dach has had the same crazy summer last year. The 3-4 months "off" really help these kids after a summer where they go from draft to prospect development camp, to summer showcase, to traverse city, to pre-season followed by, in Dach, Hughes and Kakko's case, a full season in the NHL. It's absolutely affecting their performance and they were 18-year olds
     
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    He looked very good out there today, here's to hoping he gets to play with Panarin from now on.
     
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    With Fast unlikely to get re-signed he is setting himself up for that spot. Actually the one shift the Panarin played with Chytil and Kakko they looked really good. All three are good possession players.
     
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    The highlight of the day, thank you KK.
     
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    I noticed that every time Kakko got put on with Panarin they looked instantly good, it would be nice for Quinn to realise the obvious here.
     
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    I can smell a goal today tellin ya
     
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    Well at least he looks improved.
     
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    Yeah he was very good again today. Had some shifts where he wore out his d man and played keep away very effectively. Looked like he did in Europe, which is very encouraging. Even when he had good moments throughout the year, he didn’t really look like he figured out how to play his game and translate it to the NHL until these last few games
     
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    He looks like a totally different player. I’m beyond surprised. The hustle, the composure, the strength, the control ... now he’s starting to remind me of the guy I heard so much about.
     
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    He's learning, he's growing, he's adapting.

    And that's a good sign if indeed the off-season is just about upon us.

    Because it shows he's processing things and applying his lessons.
     
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    Now let's take Strome off the top PP and let Kakko get some one timers.
     
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    He was/is still really young. So few players can make the transition to the NHL seamlessly...even those picked at the very top of the draft. Give him a year or two to fill out, learn the NA game, and hopefully we'll have something special to watch.
     
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    Kakko was statistically one of the worst players in the NHL this year.

    Since the break, in the 3 games he's been EASILY the rangers best player.

    That's either really good news...or really bad news

    I guess I'm this case both?
     
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    Kakko looked phenomenal today. Puck protection, decision making, his edge work in the corners. He'll be a gooder.
     
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    I'm not worried about guys like Panarin and Zib in the long run so I'll take it as a good. We got to play competitive hockey and both DQ and the team have a lot to learn from this. Whether or not we have Strome, having Kakko on the 2nd pair with Panarin should be fantastic.
    Then I think Chytil and Gaut could be solid with Fast on the 3rd. It's not looking too bad but can't see us doing well with Krav on that 3rd line and we'd be wasting him on the 4th.
     
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    Kakko and Svec are similar.

    Both are franchise type power forwards in the making, it takes few years for them to grow to be able to fully play their game.

    Like Rantanen did, when he turns it on nobody takes the puck away from him
     
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    Kakko is never going to be good as Svechnikov just because we’re the Rangers.
     
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    He doesnt have the shot Svech does,but i dont see any reason he cant be a similar type producer.
     
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    Because we’re the Rangers and fans would literally overdose if we actually drafted and developed a star forward.
     
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    Its a risk im willing to take!
     
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