3 more excellent suitors for Kaapo Kakko at the trade deadline

Kaapo Kakko is one player the New York Rangers could use as bait at the trade deadline for an underperforming team looking for a high-potential skater.

Feb 9, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) skates with the
Feb 9, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) skates with the / Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports
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Kakko could join a young Chicago Blackhawks team

The Blackhawks have one goal, and it is to build a contender around Connor Bedard. Despite missing some time with a jaw injury, Bedard hasn’t struggled over his first few games back in action. That bodes well for everyone he’s playing alongside, whether they are on the same line or not. 

While Kakko may never reach anywhere near Bedard’s level (few will) or even that of a former second-overall pick, it doesn’t mean he would be a bad fit for a potential up-and-coming Chicago Blackhawks team. This trade would work well for Chicago for two reasons: One, they can more than afford to take a risk on a high-potential player like Kakko, and two, they have a couple of under-the-radar players who could provide solid depth for the Rangers.

Besides Bedard, Kakko would join a team comprising a solid list of young talent already playing in the NHL, like Kevin Korchinski, Philipp Kurashev, Mackenzie Entwistle, Reese Johnson, Isaak Phillips, and others who should all receive at least bridge deals following the season. 

In short, Kakko would add potential to what is a young, brilliant, and brewing core in Chicago, and one that, should they stick together, will contend.