Kasperi Kapanen, who joined the St. Louis Blues after being claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins, has experienced a resurgence in his performance. In just 14 games, Kapanen scored 7 goals and contributed 3 assists, matching the number of goals he scored in 43 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this season.
In July 2022, Kapanen signed a 2-year deal with the Penguins, carrying an average annual value (AAV) of $3.2 million per season. However, his time in Pittsburgh proved to be challenging, as he was placed in various spots in the lineup and was even scratched multiple times.
Kapanen’s initial journey with the Penguins started on a promising note in 2020. In his first season, he recorded 30 points in 40 games. Unfortunately, his performance took a nosedive, and he was unable to fulfill his potential in Pittsburgh.
The St. Louis Blues’ decision to claim Kapanen off waivers has proved to be a smart move. Kapanen’s impressive performance with the Blues – 7 goals and 3 assists in just 14 games – giving him the fresh start it seems his career needed.
Kasperi Kapanen’s move to the St. Louis Blues has breathed new life into his career. With an outstanding performance in a short period, Kapanen has demonstrated his value and ability to contribute significantly to his new team. Blues fans will surely be eager to see what more he can bring to the table in the coming games and season, with the Blues trying to do a quick retool if their roster after trading away star plays Tarasenko and O’Reilly.