Kapanen will be in the lineup against the Capitals on Tuesday.
Kapanen will be making his first appearance for the team this year after missing the first three contests while in the league's COVID-19 protocols. Originally, the team planned to have Monday off, but the ability to get Kapanen some ice time with linemate Sidney Crosby was likely too intriguing for coach Mike Sullivan to pass up.
Head coach Mike Sullivan said that Kapanen is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Capitals. "He's cleared and available," Sullivan said. "His mobility and skating is evident. I'll have a discussion with the coaching staff."
Kapanen finished his quarantine and rejoined the team at practice Monday. There's a good chance that he's back in action Tuesday, and he'll likely slot into the top six if that's the case. Last season, the 24-year-old posted 13 goals and 36 points over 69 games with the Maple Leafs.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Sunday that Kapanen has finished his quarantine, but he won't suit up in Sunday's game against Washington.
The 24-year-old skated ahead of Sunday's game for the first time this season after he completed his mandatory seven-day quarantine. It's likely that the team will look to get Kapanen back into playing shape before thrusting him into the lineup, but once he returns, the Finn is expected to handle a top-six role. Evan Rodrigues and Bryan Rust are both candidates to be shuffled down the depth chart once Kapanen is cleared. Kapanen's next chance to suit up is in Tuesday game against Washington.
Kapanen landed in Pittsburgh on Saturday and began his seven-day quarantine, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Kapanen will miss the first two games of the season, but he may be ready for the Jan. 17 matchup against Washington, although he wouldn't have much practice time before that outing. The 24-year-old has a chance to secure a top-six role with the Penguins after he produced 13 goals and 23 assists over 69 games with the Maple Leafs last year.
Kapanen (visa) is expected to travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Based on the NHL protocols, if Kapanen arrives in Pittsburgh on Saturday, he'd miss the first two games of the season for sure. Depending on how much practice coach Mike Sullivan feels that 24-year-old winger needs, it could be even longer. In his stead, Evan Rodrigues is set to slot into a first-line role alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel.
Kapanen (immigration issues) will miss at least the first game of the season for the Penguins, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
It was thought that Kapanen may get back from Finland and complete his seven-day quarantine in time to suit up Jan. 13, but it looks like his Penguins debut is going to be delayed. The 24-year-old winger should slide directly into the top six upon his arrival after scoring 36 points last season.
Kapanen is still in Finland due to an immigration issue, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
General manager Jim Rutherford isn't sure when Kapanen might arrive, but he'll have to quarantine for at least seven days after he lands in Pittsburgh, so he could end up missing most, if not all of training camp. That's not an ideal situation for a player that will need time to build chemistry with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins' top line. Another update on the former Maple Leaf should surface once he's able to make his way to the United States.
Kapanen will start the 2020-21 campaign playing on the top line with Sidney Crosby, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
When acquired by the Penguins in the offseason, Kapanen was expected to join the first line with Crosby and Jake Guentzel, and now coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed that plan. The 24-year-old Kapanen registered 20 goals and 44 points during the 2018-19 campaign and should be capable of reaching those numbers again playing with Crosby. In addition, Kapanen should slot into a role on the No. 2 power-play, which will further bolster his fantasy value.
Kapanen was acquired by the Penguins on Tuesday from the Maple Leafs, along with Jesper Lindgren and Pontus Aberg, in a swap for Evan Rodrigues, Filip Hallander, David Warsofsky and a 2020 first-round pick, Rob Rossi of The Athletic reports.
Kapanen was originally selected by Pittsburgh with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft before being sent to Toronto as part of the Phil Kessel deal back in July of 2015. Over the last five seasons, the 23-year-old Finn racked up 41 goals, 49 assists and 375 shots in 202 appearances. Back with the Pens, Kapanen could be a candidate to slot onto the first line alongside Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby, potentially making him a high-end fantasy option in 2020-21.
Kapanen registered two assists, one shorthanded, in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Kapanen's two helpers were his first points in the series. The Finn has added 14 PIM, six hits and four shots in three games. Kapanen managed 13 goals and 36 points in 69 contests during the regular season.
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.
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