2. Kakko stands out when he has the puck
Whenever Kaapo Kakko has the puck, all eyes at Madison Square Garden are immediately drawn to him. He can move with it, almost like the disc is glued to his stick. His 6-3, 200-pound frame allows him to not only protect the puck but also to skate through opponents.
Kakko’s confidence while handling the puck is beyond his years. It’s something the New York Rangers needed and can also feed on. When the puck is in his hands, he doesn’t hide, he excels.
The one thing I love the most about Kakko is the control he has when the puck is on his stick. If he finds himself in a corner or tight space, he easily gets out of the jam by finding an opening, without committing a turnover. It’s a great skill to have, especially when the New York Rangers play against tough defensive teams or tight-checking teams.
Kakko can hold on to the rubber long enough to set up plays without fear of losing the puck. Most would think that someone his size wouldn’t be able to have that kind of control, especially a rookie, but Kakko has proven that he can. He’s a playmaker that doesn’t need to be on the blue line to see what is developing around him.