Young Wild Tracker: Kahkonen makes 54 saves in shutout
With signees and draft picks spread out across two continents and more than a dozen junior leagues, keeping up with the Minnesota Wild’s various prospects can be a daunting task.
From managing streaming plans and tracking down cable channels, to learning a few new languages (Puhutko suomea?), keeping tabs on the next generation can be a full-time job.
FOX Sports North has you covered.
From Finland to Fargo, we’re breaking down the stats and bringing you a comprehensive look at the Wild’s prospect pipeline each and every week.
So, let’s take a look at the week that was in the latest edition of the Young Wild Tracker.
Kaapo Kahkonen, G, Lukko (Liiga)
It’s been a while since we last checked in on Kahkonen, a fourth-round pick of the Wild back in 2014. He had a strong February, posting a 5-1-1 record and a .947 save percentage in seven starts. He saved his best stuff for his final start of the month, turning aside a whopping 54 shots in a 4-0 win over Vaasan Sport. Check out the highlights below, the best of which comes at the 1:30 mark when Kahkonen turns aside a point-blank one-timer. Kahkonen now ranks sixth in the league with a .924 save percentage in 30 appearances.
Kirill Kaprizov, LW, Salavat Yulaev (KHL)
Salavat was eliminated from the KHL playoffs after just five games following a 2-1 overtime loss to Ak Bars, but Kaprizov, as expected, had a big hand in its limited success. He had three goals in the series, scoring Salavat’s only goal in Game 1 and netting his second on a one-timer in Game 3. Kaprizov scored on a deflection with less than a minute remaining in Game 4 to force overtime, but it wasn’t enough to get No. 6-seeded Salavat to the semifinals.
Avery Peterson, C, Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)
Peterson sat for a year after transferring to UMD from Nebraska Omaha and has been a solid contributor for the Bulldogs this season as they continue to chase Denver for a conference title. The junior helped keep the Bulldogs in the hunt with a huge power-play goal last Friday, scoring with 1:23 remaining to secure three crucial points for UMD. Peterson trailed hulking freshman Riley Tufte into the offensive zone on the rush before picking up the puck as Tufte got tangled up with a defenseman and rifling it past Miami goaltender Ryan Larkin from the top of the left circle.