Kapu Kaku spent a lot of time back home in Finland off-season, and while he had some fun, the strong winger worked on different aspects of his game in preparation for New York Rangers training camp.
On Thursday, Kakko dressed up some familiar teammates for first-team training. The 21-year-old’s second overall pick in 2019 was centered on Philippe Chettel and flanked by Alexis Lavrenier to reunite the children’s streak.
“I’m happy about that,” Kaku said. “I would love to play with these guys. I think we know each other and play the same style.”
Kabu Kaku is back in the kids line
Kaku suffered three separate injuries last season and missed 39 games. He was only able to score 18 points in the 43 matches he played, but in the supplement he looked strong and strong.
The Kid Line was often the team’s best line in dominating the offensive zone and Kakko’s work along the boards was a key factor. He’s only scored 5 points in 19 playoffs, but has shown that he won’t shrivel under pressure with his teammates.
“They worked hard and played well,” said Gerard Gallant after training. “They all look good. They come to the camp in good shape. They are happy, smiling and having fun.”
Kakko recently signed a two-year deal with AAV that is worth $2.1 million a season. He’s entering his fourth season in the National Hockey League and amassed 58 points in 157 games.
Kakko made his shot this off season
One area in particular that Kakko worked on was his shot. Over the summer, a TikTok video surfaced outside Finland in which Tariq hacked at 107mph.
“I started with the gym and did more skating after that. I think my shot is getting better — just a little bit,” Kakko said with a smile.
Zdeno Chara holds the NHL record for Hardest Shot with 108.8 in the 2012 All-Star Game. It should be noted that the rules make you start at the offensive blue line, not the defensive blue line as Kakko seems to have started skating from.
However, 107mph is no joke and he definitely needs to be allowed to fly once he enters the area. Looks like he’s going to put some focus on getting the pucks out more.
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