Player Discussion Kaapo Kakko: Part IV

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  1. NYRFANMANI Ok Boomer

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    So this is the product at 20 years old! Let me repeat that folks, at 20 years old!

    The way his game developed, he'll get triple manned by the age of 23!

    I repeat the kid is 20 years old!
     
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    I think the most important fact of Kakko is the fact that he went from being a liability on the ice last year, to be arguably the best defensive forward on the roster. In one off season. This kid knows his faults, and is willing to work on them.

    He said in one recent interview that he knows his stats and production this year are a disappointment, but he knows he has improved as a player and the next thing is to focus on getting that scoring right.
     
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    It took him one season, to go from worst defensive player to a potential Selke candidate!

    Pray to god he practices shooting this summer.
     
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    I hate to be a bit negative, but real bad defense also helped it out. But one of my favorite goals because it's our two top 2 picks.
     
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    Good offensive plays make defensemen look bad
     
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    Kakko habitually beats good defense. He's that good. I don't think Adam Foxx would've even stopped him there 100 out of 100 times there
     
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    I hope he stays in Connecticut, I'll be with Prentiss for a week while he has his NHL guys.
     
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    Lol don’t play you love it
     
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    Not really, I LOVED that play. I got so excited when I saw it.
     
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    Its crazy that this is completely accurate and not hyperbole.
     
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    Can't wait for Kakko and Laf unleashed next season.
     
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    i think a lot of us were on to something when we blamed much of his bad rookie season to being totally out of shape. He's not a fast skater but he's got some jump this season we didn't see at all last year.
     
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    I think he over trained. He looked heavy and slow and kinda burnt out from the start.
     
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    I wouldn’t call it bad defense. The defender just missed the return pass to Kakko with his flailing stick. Kakko’s move at the end was really good though. I’d say it was a lot of luck. The defender was in position and made the play to blow up the pass, but missed from no fault of his own. It was a goal scorer’s play that worked out for us.
     
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    Yet another example that we need to be patient with young players.

    If he can turn his offensive side like he did his defensive this year... This kid is going to become beast and nightmare to play against.
     
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    I think too a lot of it is just a mental shift. It wasn't just that he was slow skating last year, his decision making was slow and he stood around a lot not sure what to do. Even at the start of this year he was a bit slower on the ice, but then it clicked and he got going and he now hounds other players aggressively and is all over the ice. Then when he gets the puck he's making faster decisions.
    Sometimes it's not just about physical traits but how fast a player is making decisions. Being unsure and second guessing and you'll always be a step slow. He's just a far far more confident player this year even if the scoring wasn't always coming easy.
     
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    Even if the team was going no where, it does kind of suck they are done after 56 games this year, would have loved to see him and Laf play another 26.
     
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    Animal and Hawk = Kaapo and Laf next year!

     

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