From offer sheeting a Finn last year, to the possibility of offer sheeting a Finn this year. We start with Kaapo Kakko. You might look at his 7 goals and 11 assists in 43 games this year and instantly think that I’m crazy. I don’t blame you, I feel a little dumb writing it. His postseason wasn’t much better with just 2 goals and 3 assists in 19 games. You might be thinking, why risk it?
Simply put, Kakko is a former second overall pick. He’s not lived up to the hype in North America to this point, but this man has a reservoir of untapped talent. Coming down the stretch of his draft year, there was a genuine chance Kakko could have gone first overall. In the end, he went second but that should give you a little flash of what is behind the mask with the Turku, Finland native.
We know that the Rangers are going to have to make a decision with the Finn. Developing forwards has been a long-standing problem for the original-six franchise. If they decide that it is too much work to continue to bring Kakko along, cutting their losses might be something they explore and one way you might get them to do that is via the offer sheet method.
If the Hurricanes were to offer around $4.2 million for this player, the compensation would be a second-rounder. You’re roughly doubling his market value, but you’re putting a team that is a little cap-strapped in the Rangers under the microscope. You either get the player, or you force them to move pieces off of their roster to match it. Either way, you strengthen your position within the Metro.