Kapanen avoided an injury after being involved in a car accident with Maple Leafs teammate William Nylander on Friday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. Kapanen reportedly was in the passenger seat when the collision took place outside of the team's practice facility. Fortunately, both players came out of the vehicle unscathed. The Maple Leafs are now in Boston preparing for an important divisional clash with the Bruins.
Kapanen scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings. His confidence is soaring. Kapanen has shown he can be a capable offensive player during William Nylander's holdout. Now that Willie is back, Kapanen may end up shuffled out of the top six to a line with Nazem Kadri. His skill and speed should help light a fire for Nazzy and keep him relevant for fantasy purposes.
Kapanen has 10 goals and 17 points in 24 games so far this season, but may see that pace decline with the imminent return of William Nylander. Kapanen has been a speedy stud in the Leafs' top six since stepping into Nylander's skates. But Nylander has six days to ink a contract this season and will step back into his old role once he does. That will more than likely displace Kapanen and shuttle him to the third line alongside Nazem Kadri. That's good news for the struggling Kadri, but will surely slow Kapanen's pace. Get as much as you can out of him while you still can.
Kapanen scored two goals -- including the shorthanded game-winner -- in Thursday's 5-3 triumph over San Jose. With this effort, Kapanen has topped last season's career high of seven goals in 38 games, taking exactly half as many appearances to score eight. His 21.1 shooting percentage is probably unsustainable, but all the talent around Kapanen should keep his floor high. With a plus-2 finish here, Kapanen's rating is up to an impressive plus-10.
Kapanen set up two goals in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Penguins. The speedster has an incredible 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 14 games. Kapanen first found a fit with Auston Matthews and now he's discovered the same with John Tavares. This is exactly what the Leafs had hoped for when they got him in the Phil Kessel trade. Kapanen's breakout just took a little longer (and demanded a bit more patience) than first hoped. Use him well right now.
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