18-year-old Kaapo Kakko, a likely top-two pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, leads the World Championship in goals
For most hockey fans, the name Kaapo Kakko doesn’t ring a bell. Soon it will be a household name.
Over the weekend, the Finnish prospect scored five goals in his first two games of the 2019 IIHF World Championship. He’s only 18-years-old.
Kakko is making his first-ever appearance for Finland’s senior World Championship team and is likely to be one of the top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft in June.
After tallying twice against Canada in his debut game, Kakko scored a hat trick against Slovakia on Saturday. Kakko is the second youngest player in the tournament, behind only 17-year-old Jack Hughes, the United States’ phenom who is projected to be the number one overall pick. The two young prospects are competing against NHL stars and other countries’ top players, most of whom are in their primes and a decade older.
Kakko should be struggling with the level of play. Instead, he’s dominating.