The NHL Entry Draft is over two months away, but it is already being said by many that the Carolina Hurricanes will likely select Kasperi Kapanen with the seventh pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Kasperi is the son of former Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Sami Kapanen. Sami played 520 games with the Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes from 1995-2003. He was a big part of the team that lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002.
TSN’s Craig Button said that he thinks the Carolina Hurricanes will select Kasperi Kapanen with the seventh pick because Jim Rutherford “likes blood lines”. Selecting players solely off blood lines is a quick way to run a franchise into the ground, especially with a top-end pick in the NHL Draft.
That being said, Kasperi Kapanen is a legitimate draft prospect. The 18-year-old Kuopio, Finland native is a dangerous offensive player.
“He has quick feet and impressive lateral agility and is a dangerous goal scorer who can make skilled passes and offensive zone reads.”
Kasperi Kapanen was ranked first in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings and final rankings, so he is obviously highly thought of. Kapanen played with men in Finland’s professional league. He scored 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 48 games for Kalpa in Finland this season.
Kasperi Kapanen could be a great pick for the Carolina Hurricanes, but the Canes should only select him because he is the best player available for them, not because his father used to be a valued member of the organization.