New York Rangers ink No. 2 overall NHL draft pick Kaapo Kakko to entry-level contract


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Kaapo Kakko on the ice during the first day of New York Rangers development camp June 24, 2019 at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn. Tania Savayan, [email protected]

Kaapo Kakko, the No. 2 overall selection in last month’s NHL Draft, has officially agreed to contract terms with the New York Rangers, the team announced Thursday.

According the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, the length of an entry-level contract for a player between the ages of 18-21 is three years. Kakko is 18.

Capfriendly.com reported that the three-year deal is worth an average annual value of $3,575,000. The total salary per year is $925,000, which is the number that counts against the salary cap, plus Kakko can receive an additional $2,650,000 in bonuses each season.

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The highly-touted Finnish forward is expected to step right into the Rangers’ lineup for the 2019-20 season.

While playing for TPS in Finland’s top professional league last season, Kakko scored more goals (22 in 45 games) than any 17-year-old in the history of Liiga. He’s also had success in international play, becoming the youngest player in hockey history to win gold medals at the IIHF U-18 World Championships, the IIHF World Junior Championships and the IIHF World Championships.

Most recently, Kakko helped Finland win a gold medal at the IIHF Worlds in May, tallying seven points (six goals, one assist) and a plus-10 rating in 10 games.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder was selected by the Rangers with the second overall pick on June 21 in Vancouver, right after the rival New Jersey Devils chose American forward Jack Hughes at No. 1.

Kakko participated in the Rangers’ development camp in Stamford, Connecticut at the end of June before returning to Finland to train for the summer.

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