2013 U18 WJC Video: Kasperi Kapanen, Finland

By Chapin Landvogt
Kasperi Kapanen - Finland

Photo: Forward Kasperi Kapanen and his teammates from Finland got off to a good start at the 2013 U18 WJC with a win over Latvia (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

If the surname of Kasperi Kapanen sounds familiar to hockey fans, there is a good reason for that. Kasperi is the son of former NHL forward Sami Kapanen, whose stops in the NHL included the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, and Philadelphia Flyers.

The younger Kapanen is looking to follow in his father's footsteps, and is showing signs that he might have some of the elder Kapanen's offensive flair in his own game. Kasperi spent most of the season playing for KalPa's top junior team, but also received his first taste of the SM-liiga, Finland's top men's league. In 13 games and four playoff games for KalPa's top team, Kapanen scored four goals and added an assist.

Kapanen and his Finnish teammates got off to a strong start at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship as they rolled over Latvia, 7-0, in their opening game of the tournament. Kapanen scored a goal in the win.

Kapanen is a prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, and is taking part in his first U18 WJC for Finland. He spoke with Hockey's Future following his country's opening victory.

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