Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2014 first-round selection, Kasperi Kapanen, was reportedly seen with ice on his hand following his team’s outing against Sweden at the World Junior evaluation camps, according to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman.
Kapanen collided with the wall pretty good, and his finger or hand (unclear) apparently got the brunt of it, per Kimelman. However, the injury doesn’t appear to be serious.
Kapanen had ice on right hand after game. Said he went hard into wall and hand got in way. “Rather have broken finger than broken neck.”
— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) August 8, 2014
Although Kapanen’s chances at cracking the Pens’ roster are so-so, it’s arguably a sigh of relief for Pittsburgh fans, considering the 18-year-old is already coming off a significant shoulder injury which caused him to miss last year’s World Juniors.
Any ailment deemed to be long-term would have fans thinking of Beau Bennett‘s situation, in which he’s had multiple surgeries over recent years. And, like Kapanen, was a first-round pick. So, while there’s no information leading us to believe Kapanen’s seriously injured, chances are, he’s probably not.
That’s the good news for the Pens and Team Finland.
After four games with Finland at the evaluation camp, Kapanen led the club with four points (2G, 2A), which also ranked him tied for fourth among all camp attendees. Obviously, his four points/four games comes out to a point-per-contest.
Kapanen’s holding out hope he can make Pittsburgh’s roster, but he has to be healthy. If he’s not 100-percent, there’s no shot in my opinion.
Again, it seems as though the youngster escaped unscathed long-term.
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