3. Kakko can handle the pressure
In my opinion, the trait is very admirable. When the Rangers drafted Kakko, high expectations were immediately set. There was a considerable amount of pressure put on the young man. I’m sure it was hard for him to deal with in a place like New York.
You can argue that he didn’t have a fantastic rookie year, which is fine. But for someone to have that much pressure put on them, Kakko played well through all of it. Moving around the lineup didn’t seem to ruin his play, and, if nothing else, it made him play harder each game.
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Overall, I’m excited to watch Kaapo Kakko’s continued development with the New York Rangers. While this season is on pause, from the games I’ve watched, there is a rare skill set with Kakko. He has plenty of talent, but Rangers fans may expect too much from him too soon.
Even with unrealistically high expectations, he didn’t fail. Kakko wasn’t as present during the beginning of the season, but towards the end, he stood out. I love the way he plays; he’ll grow as a person and as a hockey player between now and next season. Blueshirts fans should be excited about his future.
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