Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kasperi Kapanen poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Kasperi Kapanen Scores Goal, Helps Finland Top USA White

Kasperi Kapanen continues to showcase his high-end talent.

Yesterday, while at the World Junior evaluation camps, his team – Finland – played Team USA White, and Kapanen scored a goal to help his club win 4-3, according to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman.

Kapanen now has two goals in two games (the other coming against Team USA Blue on Sunday), and is tied for the team-lead in points/goals.

And according to Kimelman, Kapanen’s leaving a significant impression on Finland’s head coach, Hannu Jortikka.

Jortikka went on to say, “He is a big prospect.” And that, “Everybody can see his speed and his skill,” – per Kimelman. However, Jortikka may eventually find out that Kapanen won’t be on the final roster should he crack the Pittsburgh Penguins’ gig.

Last year, Kapanen was reportedly a shoe-in to make Finland’s roster, but missed the World Juniors because he sustained a shoulder injury. And this time around, he could wind up vacant from the roster again, due to the possibility of playing in the NHL.

Kapanen hopes he’s apart of Pittsburgh, rather than Team Finland, and had this to say regarding his situation – per Kimelman:

“Everybody is talking about how I missed the last one and they’re telling me there’s more to come, but I hope not. If I’m there it means I’m not in Pittsburgh and that’s my goal, to be there, grab a spot there. I know that they’re looking for good goal scorers and that’s what I’m trying to do right now, score some goals and get a spot on the roster.”

Kapanen’s been leaving his mark everywhere it seems. From the Pens’ prospect development camp, to the World Junior evaluation camp, Kapanen’s chances of making Pittsburgh’s roster are increasing by the day.

At this point, we almost have to assume Kapanen’s odds of making Pittsburgh’s roster are extremely high, but, of course, nothing’s definite.

Nonetheless, the 18-year-old keeps impressing; this time with Finland’s brass.

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