Pittsburgh Penguins Youth Movement: Top 5 Under 25

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Sep 25, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Kasperi Kapanen (42) skates against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

5. Kasperi Kapanen

The youngest member of this list, Kasperi Kapanen is Pittsburgh’s brightest young star of the future when it comes to their forwards.

Drafted 22nd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Kapanen projects to be an excellent winger for the Pens once he grows into his game.

At just 19 years old, the young Kapanen showed off his elite skill during Pittsburgh’s training camp prior to this season as his tremendous stickhandling ability and hockey sense position him to play a big role for the Pens offense in a few years.

This season has seen Kapanen’s star rise even further as he participated in first World Junior Championship tournament and has grown into a strong performer in the Finnish professional league with KalPa (where he has 17 points in 27 games so far).

He’s still young and must develop his game further, but with his high-end skill already evident, Kapanen will surely become a star in Pittsburgh within the next couple of seasons.