The Rangers are getting some reinforcements in the form of a Finnish phenom.
The six-foot-two forward also chipped in five points in IIHF World Junior Championships where Finland also won gold. Kakko continued his period of dominance when he helped his country capture first at the IIHF U18 World Championship in 2018.
Kakko and Hughes have gone head-to-head at the international level before, most recently in the 2018 IIHF World Juniors gold medal game where Kakko was able to score en-route to a 3-2 win for Finland.
He doesn’t have the quickness or flashiness that Hughes already possesses, but he is ready to make an impact almost immediately for the Blueshirts, and he has the experience and international pedigree needed to shine under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden.