World juniors hero Kakko sets Finnish league record for goals by U18 player

Kaapo Kakko is carving out quite a legacy for himself in his homeland.

One of the top draft-eligible prospects in 2019, Kakko scored his 22nd goal of the season on Thursday, setting a new Liiga record for markers in a season by a player age 18 or younger.

Kakko passed some esteemed company along the way, according to Elite Prospects.

Player Season GP Goals
Kaapo Kakko 2018-19 45 22
Aleksander Barkov 2012-13 53 21
Joel Armia 2010-11 48 18
Patrik Laine 2015-16 46 17
Artturi Lehkonen 2012-13 45 14
Juga Jyrkkio 1976-77 34 14
Mikael Granlund 2009-10 43 13
Jari Torkki 1982-83 34 13
Jesse Puljujarvi 2015-16 50 13

Here's a look at the record-setting tally:

Kakko, a winger, likely won't drop below No. 2 at this year's draft. He and American Jack Hughes are considered the consensus top two prospects.

Kakko registered five points in seven contests for Finland at this year's World Junior Hockey Championship, including the winning goal in the waning minutes of the gold-medal game against the United States.

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