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07-28-2011, 01:53 PM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Sami Kapanen, F/8DMan
All Star Game: 2000, 2002
Sami Kapanen, the
little Finnish waterbug of a hockey player. He was
constantly in motion
. He didn't just keep his feet moving, he kept them motoring. He was
one of the fastest players I've seen, and just a fantastic competitor.
He had an
and he knew how to change gears on a defenseman. He had
good agility and balance on his feet
, with a low center of gravity that he learned to maximize to make him hard to knock off the puck.
He was good at reading the play develop
and knew when to dart in and out of traffic.
play maker first mentality
, but he was not afraid to use his
fine wrist shot,
especially off of the rush. He used possibly the shortest stick in the league, which made
puckhandling a breeze
He was also
very intelligent, playing a sound defensive game
. In fact, he was
so good defensively that in 2004 playoffs the Flyers would drop Kapanen back on defense for two rounds when injuries surprised them.
, and rushed the puck out of the zone nicely.
While Kapanen plays wing in the NHL,
on the Finnish national team he plays center and is very often the driving force on his line.
He has five medals from international tournaments.
Sami Kapanen, one of the
fastest and most skilled offensive players
on the Carolina Hurricanes, agreed to a three-year contract extension with the club
Sports Illustrated's Jon A. Dolezar:
Blessed with some of the
fastest wheels in the league and an above-average shot
Jim Rutherford, Canes' GM:
"Sami has been a real professional with us," Rutherford said. "
He works hard all the time, he comes to play and he gives 100 percent
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