Future Watch: Kaapo Kahkonen Hockey Cards, Minnesota Wild – Kaapo Kahkonen was drafted by the Minnesota Wild 109th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. He could be one of the best goalie prospects that nobody knows.
Kahkonen first came to prominence in Finland, where he played in 91 games in the Espoo Blues system from U16 to U20. In U16, he was voted best goaltender. He won Rookie of the Month honors multiple times en route to the Rookie of the Year Award in 2015. He also helped Espoo win a Mestis league championship along the way.
Internationally, Kahkonen has represented Finland in multiple tournaments. Most notably, in 2015-16, he appeared in four games and posted a .909 save percentage in the World Junior Hockey Championship, where Finland beat Russia in the finals 4-3. That final game, which took place in Helsinki, Finland, saw Kahkonen outduel current Rangers goaltender Alexander Georgiev. Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets) and Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) were among his teammates.
After that experience, Kahkonen played in Liiga for Lukko, where he put up a .918 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average in 117 games.
For the 2018-19 season, Kahkonen came to North America and played for the Iowa Wild. In 29 games, the Finn posted a .908 save percentage and 2.78 goals against average in 39 games.
2019-20 was his breakout year. At 23, that’s not surprising since goalies tend to mature later than most other positions in hockey. He started the year in Iowa but was called up when the Wild had injuries and other issues occurring. While in the AHL, Kahkonen held a 2.07 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. In five games for the Minnesota Wild, he had 2.96 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and a 3-1-1 record.
Here’s a look at his NHL debut:
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