How Kaapo Kakko, Rangers are trending entering 2021-22 season


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What occurs in preseason typically stays in preseason. However generally not. Earlier than shifting onto and into the 2021-22 season that commences Wednesday night time in Washington, allow us to take a fast look again at this primary Rangers coaching camp below head coach Gerard Gallant and his employees.

Good camp: Kaapo Kakko. This time, this isn’t hype. Kakko confirmed up at camp with a unique, extra streamlined physique — try the 20-year-old’s face: the newborn fats has disappeared — and a unique, extra dynamic angle.

Maybe essentially the most revealing play of the six exhibition video games got here final Wednesday night time on the Backyard when Kakko not solely was in a position to skate away from P.Ok. Subban following a turnover on the Rangers line, however then once more to speed up away from New Jersey’s pursuing defenseman’s tried hook earlier than ending his breakaway by beating Jonathan Bernier. Doubt that it might have gone down that method a 12 months or two in the past.