2014 U18 Video: Kasperi Kapanen, Finland

By Chapin Landvogt

Kasperi Kapanen - Team Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen saw his first extensive action in the Liiga, Finland’s top league, in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Finland saw their dreams of winning gold on home ice come to an end at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. The Finns drew Sweden, the country they defeated in the gold medal game of the U20 torunament a few months back, in their quarterfinal match at the U18. Sweden, the host team of that U20, obviously hadn't forgotten that loss as they posted a 10-0 win over Finland to move on to the semi-finals and end the Finns' tournament.

One player that had been expected to provide some offense for Finland at this U18 was Kasperi Kapanen, Finland's top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. Instead, Kapanen, son of former NHL forward Sami Kapanen, had a relatively quiet showing at this tournament, posting a goal and assist in five games.

Kapanen spent the 2013-14 season playing for KalPa in Liiga, Finland's top hockey league. In 47 games, Kapanen scored seven goals and posted seven assists for 14 points. Kapanen was ranked as the top European skater for the 2014 draft by Central Scouting, but it remains to be seen if he'll be chosen ahead of other top Euro prospects like William Nylander and Kevin Fiala.

Hockey's Future spoke with Kapanen at the the U18, a conversation that can be viewed in this HF video.

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