Kapanen set up two goals in a 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.
He has three points in his last two games. But perhaps best of all, Kapanen is playing a grittier game than before. He's in the middle of the play and drawing penalties. His dad, Sami, made a career of playing on or just over the edge. The younger Kapanen already has his dad's speed, so the grit and edge could take his game to a new level.
Kapanen scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes on Tuesday.
It was a big goal for Kapanen and the Maple Leafs, and it was the winger's first goal since Jan. 2. Fresh off being a healthy scratch, Kapanen has responded with a goal and three assists in five games.
Kapanen (not injured related) will be in the lineup against the Panthers on Monday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Kapanen was held out of Saturday's matchup with Ottawa for "internal accountability" but won't stay in coach Sheldon Keefe's doghouse long term. The 23-year-old has racked up 28 points in 51 appearances this season and could still reach the 44-point career best he set last year.
Head coach Sheldon Keefe said Kapanen was scratched for "internal accountability" Saturday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Per Shilton, the scratch is expected to be a one-time situation. Keefe didn't supply any additional details other than his expectation for Kapanen to address the situation after the Maple Leafs practice Monday.
Kapanen is a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Senators, Luke Fox of Sportsnet reports.
Kapanen was a surprise scratch for Saturday's game. It appears this could be a performance-related move -- the Finn has no points in his last five games. Per Fox, head coach Sheldon Keefe should provide an update on the situation after the contest.
Kapanen (undisclosed) will not play Saturday against Ottawa, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Kapanen left Monday's game with an arm injury but played Wednesday and did not miss practice. That said, he's out Saturday. Dmytro Timashov will take his place in the Leafs' lineup.
Kapanen (arm) will suit up against the Stars on Wednesday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Kapanen avoided a serious injury in Monday's clash with the Panthers and will immediately jump back into the lineup versus Dallas. The winger is on pace to top the 40-point mark for a second straight year and could even push for a new career high. Even though he generally slots into a third-line role, the Finn's inclusion on the No. 2 power-play unit gives him decent fantasy value.
Kapanen (arm) will be examined further on Tuesday after his X-rays came back negative, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
While it's still unknown what Kapanen is dealing with, the negative X-rays are a good sign for now. The 23-year-old winger has 28 points in 49 games this season.
Kapanen (arm) won't return to Monday's game against the Predators.
It's unclear how Kapanen suffered the injury, but it was serious enough to force him to miss game time. Expect the team to comment on the Finn's health ahead of Wednesday's game against Dallas. In the meantime, the team will roll with 11 forwards, and Rasmus Sandin is likely to see a bump up to the power play.
Kapanen recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Panthers.
Over his last five games, Kapanen has a goal and six helpers. The Finn has picked up 28 points, 79 shots, 55 his and a plus-1 rating through 46 contests this season. Those are bigger numbers than his third-line role would suggest. Kapanen can help fantasy owners in deeper formats in a number of ways.
Kapanen generated an assist and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Jets.
Kapanen picked up the secondary helper on a Dmytro Timashov goal in the second period. Over the last seven games, the Finn has two goals and six helpers. With 27 points (10 tallies, 17 assists) in 45 games, Kapanen has a good chance of exceeding the 44 points he had last year. The 23-year-old has added 77 shots and 55 hits this season.
Kapanen collected a pair of assists in a 6-4 loss to the Oilers on Monday.
The Finnish forward has certainly responded the right way since being benched, as Kapanen has seven points in six games since head coach Sheldon Keefe's "message." Even though it came in a loss, Kapanen's latest performance suggests the 23-year-old is heating up at precisely the right moment.
Kapanen scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Jets.
Since his benching Dec. 22, Kapanen has upped the intensity. He has four goals in his last four games and he's fired 12 shots in that span. Kapanen plays in the shadow of so many greats in Toronto, but he's still on pace for another 20-goal, 40-plus point season. That's valuable in your bottom roster spots.
Kapanen was benched Saturday in a 4-1 win over Detroit.
He and line mate William Nylander were restricted to three shifts in the second, none in the final 13 minutes. The reason? Disinterest on the back check and a lack of engagement. Kapanen has just two assists in his last nine games, but clearly has more talent that that. Hopefully this situation will light a fire under the speedster.
Kapanen scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Sabres.
He set up John Tavares early in the second period for the Leafs' second goal, then scored Toronto's final tally midway through the third. Kapanen has two goals and four points over a three-game point streak, but his third-line placement and lack of power-play time will make it tough for him to stay consistently productive.
Kapanen scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Philadelphia.
Kapanen blew down the left wing and absolutely rifled the puck past Brian Elliott. After starting really slowly, Kapanen now has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last eight games. He's finally regaining his fantasy value, so make sure you have him active.
Kapanen scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
The speedy winger showed some strong chemistry with Alexander Kerfoot and the duo set up each other's goals, but the rest of the Leafs' offense didn't make the trip to Boston. Kapanen has a strong three goals and eight points in 11 games to begin the season, as the 23-year-old looks to top the career-high 20 goals and 44 points he posted last year.
Kapanen scored a shorthanded goal and collected a pair of even-strength assists in a 4-3 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday.
Since putting up four goose eggs to begin the 2019-20 season, Kapanen has collected five points in his last four contests. His team's result notwithstanding, the top-six winger will certainly take several positives from Wednesday's loss. The shorthanded goal was Kapanen's first point on special teams this season. He may have to rely more on shorthanded production in the future, as Kapanen saw just 21 seconds of power-play time in Wednesday's loss.
Kapanen picked up an assist Thursday in a 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
It was nice to see Kapanen get that proverbial monkey off his back. He has one assist in five games, but his speed game looks great. And hitting the scoreboard hopefully means Kapanen is getting used to playing his off wing.
Kapanen has no points, a minus-3 rating and just four shots in his first three games.
In the grand scheme of things, this isn't a worry. But Kapanen's faux pas Saturday with the tossed stick at Montreal defender Jeff Petry makes his slow start really loud. Especially playing in such a plum role beside John Tavares and Mitch Marner, who have combined for eight points - without him. The situation Saturday resulted in a penalty shot for Petry, who drained it. And while it wasn't the only reason the Leafs lost, it sure didn't help. At this point, you'd be best served benching him and missing a potential breakout than absorbing his inefficiency. He should crank it up soon, but the looming return of Zach Hyman (knee) will result in Kapanen's demotion to the third line.
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