Maple Leafs Sign Kapanen to Contract Extension

Maple Leafs Sign Kapanen to Contract Extension

By: MapleLeafs 

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed forward Kasperi Kapanen to a contract extension. Kapanen has signed a three-year extension that carries an average annual value of $3.2 million.

Kapanen, 22, skated in 78 games for the Maple Leafs in 2018-19 and recorded a career-high 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists). In 133 career NHL regular season games, he has recorded 54 points (28 goals, 26 assists), while registering four goals and one assist in 20 career Stanley Cup playoff games. Prior to playing for the Maple Leafs, the Kuopio, Finland native skated in 115 games for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) and recorded 92 points (39 goals, 53 assists). He was selected to represent the Marlies at the AHL All-Star Classic in both 2017 and 2018.

Internationally, Kapanen has represented Finland at both the senior and amateur level. He skated in eight games for Finland at the World Championships in 2018 and recorded three goals. Prior to that, he took part in both the 2015 and 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships, capturing the gold medal in 2016 after scoring the tournament-winning goal in overtime against Russia.

Kapanen was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with Pittsburgh on July 1, 2015.