Kaapo Kakko is lighting up the Worlds


The World Championships is only two days old. Already, Kaapo Kakko is taking it by storm. The projected number two pick has scored five goals in two Finland wins. He followed up a two goal performance in a 3-1 Suomi victory over Canada with a hat trick to highlight a 4-2 win over Slovakia today.

If Kakko keeps this act up, he will vault over American top prospect Jack Hughes and go number one to the Devils next month in Vancouver. He is the bigger player that plays a power forward type game. He should score more goals than Hughes, who is the prototypical playmaking center.

They play different positions. Hughes is a center while Kakko is a right wing. Both have unique styles that’ll be successful in the NHL which is why there’s so much debate over who the Devils will take.

Either way, the Rangers will come out with a great consolation prize. The two Hudson rivals are set up to improve leaps and bounds for the future. That should take the Hudson Rivalry back to new heights like we saw in the 90’s and post lockout between ’06-12.

This is a time for excitement for fans on both sides. It shouldn’t be a reason to panic. It also shouldn’t cause overly optimistic fans to jump the gun. Check the Twitter handle below.

Yikes. What if Kakko isn’t a Ranger? That would look pretty bad. Oh well. I’m sure they won’t mind the alternative. This is a classic case of a win win situation. Nobody loses. Let’s try to remember that.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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