Canadiens prospect has confidence boosted to the max

Published August 27, 2021 at 10:25

Oliver Kapanen was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the last National Hockey League Entry Draft. He was the 64th overall pick, so a 2nd round pick, and he has a lot of confidence, which is perfect to achieve the goals we set as human beings.

Recently, Anthony Martineau spoke with the new Montreal Canadiens prospect, and several pieces of information and/or statements caught my attention. First, Kapanen's confidence is just right. His confidence is not too much, it is perfect. In this regard, he sent a perfect nod to his cousin Kasperi Kapanen, who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Kasperi? I'm definitely going to be better than him!"

He didn't hesitate for a second when the excellent Anthony Martineau asked him this question. He's not cocky... but confident. Haha! His cousin had an excellent 2021 campaign in the Penguins' uniform, he collected a total of 30 points in 40 games. I remind you that he was selected 22nd overall in the 2014 draft.

That being said, Kasperi's father Sami, Oliver's uncle and a former player who played 831 games in the NHL had this to say about his nephew:

"Oliver is the same age as my youngest son, Konsta. They played on the same team for a long time when they were younger. My nephew and Konsta were quickly outclassed and therefore played against older players. I think that's usually a very smart way to do it. You never want it to be too easy for a young player."

His Under-20 coach, Liro Maukonen, also praised his talent:

"Oliver is an extremely talented boy. He is very agile and imaginative with the puck. If I had to describe him simply, I'd say he's a pure scorer. He's a guy who wants to score and he does it very often. He's great at finding openings on the ice. He knows where to go to score goals. You either have that or you don't. But he's a natural. He also has a very dangerous catch shot. He can score even if the angle is tight."

So, even if it is a sentence that is often repeated, I dare and I drop it here in closing: will Kapanen be a steal of the Montreal Canadiens, as Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov were?
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