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Oliver
Kapanen

Kapanen’s focus, attention to detail, and work ethic are superb in all three zones. He always seems to be involved in the play in a positive way for his team. He is an incredibly responsible player who uses his hockey sense and work ethic to leave a positive mark on most shifts, in all three…

Date of Birth
July 29, 2003
Position
Center
Height
6'0"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Timra, SWE  
Shoots
Right
Weight
166 lbs
Draft Result
PENDING
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Mar 13/21 Kapanen Oliver 21790 – KalPa U20 vs. Jokerit U20 JR A SM-liiga by Derek Neumeier View Report
Jan 20/21 Kapanen Oliver 21592 – Karpat U20 vs. KalPa U20 JR A SM-liiga by Derek Neumeier View Report
Dec 17/20 Kapanen Oliver 21463 – Karpat U20 vs. KalPa U20 JR A SM-liiga by Josh Bell View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 KalPa U20 U20 SM-sarja 35 22 16 38
July 25, 2021
BELL CURVE: Grades for each team at the 2021 Draft
July 24, 2021
2021 NHL Draft Tracker
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 22, 2021
FCHockey’s FULL Seven-Round Staff Mock
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
May 3, 2021
Kapanen relishes bloodlines in draft journey
April 27, 2021
World U18s: 3 stars from Day 2
April 25, 2021
World U18s: 10 2021-eligibles to watch
April 23, 2021
FC releases Spring ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 18, 2021
Tuomaala, Lambert headline Finland’s U18 roster
April 3, 2021
Top-10 prospects of the month – March 2021
February 20, 2021
Bell’s 10 Takes: Grushnikov, McTavish, Peart & More
February 12, 2021
FCHockey’s Winter Rankings: 5 Risers
February 10, 2021
FCHockey releases Winter Ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
February 3, 2021
Top-10 prospects of the month – January 2021
January 3, 2021
FCHockey’s top-10 prospects of the month – December 2020
December 13, 2020
Bell’s 10 Takes: World Juniors, Beniers, Raty & More

Kapanen’s focus, attention to detail, and work ethic are superb in all three zones. He always seems to be involved in the play in a positive way for his team. He is an incredibly responsible player who uses his hockey sense and work ethic to leave a positive mark on most shifts, in all three zones, and in all situations. He keeps his head up and knows when to try something by himself or use his teammates. He’s a very sticky player without the puck, both on the forecheck and in the defensive zone, leading to steals, turnovers, and pressuring opponents into lower-percentage situations. He’s very smart and precise with his stick lifts and poke checks. He has a good motor and empties the gas tank if his team needs him to, including on the backcheck. He’s always hungry for pucks. Kapanen’s skating is above average but it’s his hands and his sense that make him truly dangerous on the rush and in open ice, because he’s able to find space and safely carry the puck through it. He exits and enters zones very well, and loves to work the give-and-go with his linemates. He protects the puck nicely in the cycle using his hands, edges and enthusiasm for winning battles, and knows when to roll off his man to receive a pass. He gets really low in the defensive end, almost too low at times, and will throw himself into shot blocks if it’s the best option he has left. The Finn displays the same grit around the opposing net, taking punishment to create opportunities. He as a genuine nose for the net and is dangerous in the slot. He’s not the quickest or most agile skater, but he’s above average and he can be quite deceptive in motion, easily moving laterally around traffic. His transition play is helped out by great conditioning and deft puck control, allowing him to carry the puck through all three zones, even at the end of his shift. He knows how to gain inside body position to help him protect the puck. Kapanen’s physical tools hold him back a little bit, but if he can improve his speed he’ll unlock another level to his game, and he seems like the type of player who will put in the work to make that happen.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide