The tournament is only two days old, but Kaapo Kakko is already the talk of the IIHF World Championship.
The 18-year-old Finnish wing scored a hat trick Saturday in Finland's 4-2 win over Slovakia, giving him five goals after he scored two in the team's opener on Friday.
Kakko's first of the game was a long one-timer. He showed brilliant hands on his second goal before adding an empty-netter.
He and Jack Hughes should be the top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft. It's just a matter of order. Hughes has been the presumed top pick for a long time, but Kakko is considered at or close to the same level of prospect.
Kakko will likely go to the Rangers at No. 2 assuming the Devils take Hughes at No. 1, but Kakko is giving the Devils a lot to ponder so far in the Worlds.