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Pens Sign Top Draft Pick Kasperi Kapanen

July 11, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have wrapped up a three-year contract agreement with their number-one draft pick, 17 year-old Finnish forward Kasperi Kapanen.

The pact will begin when Kapanen turns professional.

NHL Central Scouting rated Kapanen the top European skater following his successful season in the top pro league in Finland.  He won a bronze medal with the Finnish national team in the 2013 World Under-18 Championships.  Kapanen also was selected for the gold medal-winning Finnish team at this year’s World Junior Championships, but he was unable to play due to an injury.

Kapanen is the son of long-time NHL player Sami Kapanen (458 points in 831 regular season games), and the grandson of Hannu Kapanen, who played for Finland in the 1976 Winter Olympics.

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