February 13, 2021

Rangers Roundup: Kakko no longer a teenager, exposing DeAngelo to expansion, Kravtsov and Lundkvist face off in Sweden

Feb 10, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins guards the net against Kaapo Kakko #24 of the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Birthday to Kaapo Kakko!

The New York Rangers 2019 draft choice and second overall selection is no longer a teenager. The hulking young Finn turned 20 today.

Rangers practice buzz

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Kaapo Kakko poised to improve (NYR)

The Rangers skated today after a hard fought loss to the Boston Bruins yesterday. Artemi Panarin remains out of action, but both K’Andre Miller and Ryan Lindgren did not skate today (maintenance).

Lindgren was driven hard into the boards last night and received a nasty cut over his eye. He went to the bench, and got worked on and miss zero shifts.

Nils Lundkvist and Vitali Kravtsov face-off

The two highest rated prospects in the NYR system faced off today in Sweden at the Beijer Hockey Games tournament. It could not have been a more different story for either of them.

Nils Lundkvist led all skaters with 28:07 of ice time and notched three shots on goal. Meanwhile, Vitali Kravtsov was benched for a large portion of the game and played a grand total of 4:41.

Russia would beat Sweden in the shootout 2-1.

Tony DeAngelo and the Expansion Draft

As thing have died down around Tony DeAngelo, it sounds like the Rangers would be just fine holding onto to him for the expansion draft.

Read the full story at The Daily Goal Horn.

Once again….Happy Birthday Kakko.

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