- 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||-||-||-||-||-||||
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