- 2018-09-18 at TPS - Kärpät, Liiga by Asko Huuki
Kakko had a big role in one of the strongest teams in Liiga playing in the first line of TPS. He was not a constant threat from shift to shift, but his potential is undeniable. He was also the only player from TPS who was able to score in the shootout.
To me, Kakko’s skating looked really smooth for a player of his age and size. While his top speed still needs to improve, he is surprisingly agile and he changes the direction quickly. He obviously has a frame to fill up and he got off the balance many times, but he is already pretty strong player for this level of play and he isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas or board battles. However there is a room for improvement in his defensive play and play off the puck, even though his forechecking was pretty effective already.
Kakko has a nose for goals. He was not able to score against Kärpät, but he had couple of quality chances. On top of that, his hands are magical, he protects the puck really well and he showed great hockey IQ and creativity in the offensive zone. His offensive skill-set is impressive and he should be able to make a lot of points this season against grown-up men.
- 2018-04-19 at Finland - Slovakia, U18 World Championship by Asko Huuki
Kakko didn’t get any points in the opening game of the tournament against Slovakia. He had five shots however, he created a lot of scoring chances and showcased why he is touted as a top quality prospect.
Kakko has pretty much every asset that you would like to see from an offensive player. He is already a very good skater, especially impressive in agility, and he is bigger than most of the players at this level despite being still incomplete on the physical side. The forward has quick shot, he has excellent hands and his ability to change the direction and protecting the puck in the tight space are stellar. He constantly gave good passes and for the most part, his positioning was really good.
His decision-making is still bit immature, he occasionally could play simpler game and despite having a good work ethic, his defensive play was not at the same level with his offensive qualities. There’s nothing too worrying about that though and these aspects of his game should improve greatly when he matures and enters the pro game. All in all, Kakko is an excellent prospect and he should do really well in the pro game next season.
- 2018-02-13 at Finland - Czech Republic, U18 Five-nations by Miika Arponen
Kakko played a very impressive game against players a year older than him. He was constantly a threat on the offensive zone with his speed, positioning and shot. He was also very strong on physical battles. He also set up quite a few good scoring chances to his linemates, and also scored Team Finland’s second goal from a rebound.
He showcased his skills multiple times during the came by handling the puck impressively in high speeds. While he still has to work on his defensive game, he forechecked effectively and forced a pair of turnovers in the game.
There’s no doubt that Kakko is the biggest star of his age group in Finland, and he may end up being a very high draft pick in the 2019 draft.
- 2017-09-17 at HIFK - TPS, U20 by Marco Bombino
Kakko got on the scoresheet by assisting the game-winning goal in the third period. The 16-year-old winger moves extremely well and can accelerate in a hurry. Has good footwork and agility, as well as smooth stops and starts. His combination of size, speed and athleticism already makes him an interesting prospect.
Furthermore, Kakko is a highly skilled player with good understanding of the game. He has soft hands and controls the puck well at varying speeds. He delivers smart, simple enough passes and makes composed plays under pressure. His quick wrist shot is another strength. Like a lot of young players, he must work on his defensive game and reliability away from the puck, even though he already shows some versatility.
All in all, Kakko has first round skills and could be the first Finn selected in the 2019 NHL Draft.
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|2015-2016||TPS U16||Jr. C SM-sarja Q||8||3||7||10||2||||
|TPS U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||25||14||12||26||2|||||Playoffs||4||0||3||3||0|
|2016-2017||TPS U16||Jr. C SM-sarja||0||0||0||0||0|||||Playoffs||2||2||1||3||2|
|TPS U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||35||24||17||41||8|||||Playoffs||5||7||0||7||2|
|TPS U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||7||0||4||4||0|||||Playoffs||3||0||1||1||0|
|Finland U16 (all)||International-Jr||8||6||2||8||2||||
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||3||0||0||0||0||||
|2017-2018||TPS U18||Jr. B SM-sarja||6||7||4||11||4|||||Playoffs||5||4||5||9||2|
|TPS U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||38||25||30||55||16||||
|Finland U17 (all)||International-Jr||1||0||0||0||0||||
|Finland U18 (all)||International-Jr||13||6||11||17||4||||
|2018-2019||TPS U20||Jr. A SM-liiga||-||-||-||-||-||||
|Finland U20 (all)||International-Jr||-||-||-||-||-||||
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