Kaapo Kakko scores highlight-reel goal in world championship debut

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Kaapo Kakko is very good at hockey. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Kaapo Kakko is very good at hockey. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Good morning, Kaapo Kakko is here to remind you why heโ€™s in the running to go first overall at the upcoming NHL Draft.

The 18-year-old phenom buried the opening goal for Finland at the world championships on Friday, and it was a beauty. Less than 10 minutes into the game, Kakko splits the Canadian defense, fights through a delayed penalty from a sprawling Brandon Montour and still manages to tuck it past Matt Murray through an impossibly small space. Pretty good, kid.

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This caught the attention of a few eager NHL teams who would be thrilled to get their hands on the top prospect at the end of June.

Itโ€™s especially interesting that the New Jersey Devils, who have first pick this year, also tweeted the eyeball emoji at the Finnish starโ€™s goal. Itโ€™s almost been a guarantee this season that Jack Hughes would be selected first overall. Are these just mind games? Possibly.

Kakko finished the game with two goals after giving Finland the 3-1 insurance with an empty netter. The young prospect was named Finlandโ€™s player of game in his debut. Your move Jack Hughes.

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