With John Davidson set to make his first draft selection as president of the Rangers next month, Kaapo Kakko being available at No. 2 is becoming more and more tantalizing.
The 18-year-old showed out for Team Finland, which captured the gold medal, at the IHF World Championship this past month. Finland bested Canada, 3-1, in the championship match Monday.
Kaako poured in six goals, leading the team, and added an assist during the team's championship run, which capped an historic 13-month stretch for him. He became the sixth player ever to win an U-18 world championship, world junior championship and men's world championship.
During the preliminary round of the World Championship, he scored half of his goals with a hat-trick performance against Slovakia.
The Devils have widely been expected to select Jack Hughes, 18, with the No. 1 overall pick on June 21. But there's also the possibility Kakko's recent play could compel New Jersey to take him with the top pick, leaving the Rangers with Hughes.
Either way, the Rangers and Davidson can head to the podium with confidence when making their selection next month in Vancouver.