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07-28-2011, 01:53 PM
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Sami Kapanen, F/8DMan

All Star Game: 2000, 2002

Joe Pelletier:

Sami Kapanen, the speedy 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 excellent acceleration, 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.
had a 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 for him.
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. Kapanen played positionally well, 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.
LA Times:

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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