MAPLE LEAFS SIGN KASPERI KAPANEN AND ANDREAS JOHNSSON TO CONTRACT EXTENSIONS
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson to contract extensions. Kapanen has signed a three-year extension that carries an average annual value of $3.2 million while Johnsson has signed a four-year extension that carries an average annual value of $3.4 million.
Kapanen, 22, skated in 78 games for the Maple Leafs in 2018-19 and recorded a career-high 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists). In 133 career NHL regular season games, he has recorded 54 points (28 goals, 26 assists), while registering four goals and one assist in 20 career Stanley Cup playoff games. Prior to playing for the Maple Leafs, the Kuopio, Finland native skated in 115 games for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) and recorded 92 points (39 goals, 53 assists). He was selected to represent the Marlies at the AHL All-Star Classic in both 2017 and 2018.
Internationally, Kapanen has represented Finland at both the senior and amateur level. He skated in eight games for Finland at the World Championships in 2018 and recorded three goals. Prior to that, he took part in both the 2015 and 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships, capturing the gold medal in 2016 after scoring the tournament-winning goal in overtime against Russia.
Kapanen was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with Pittsburgh on July 1, 2015.
Johnsson, 24, skated in 73 games for the Maple Leafs in 2018-19 and recorded a career-high 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists). In 82 career NHL regular season games, he has recorded 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists), while registering two goals and four assists in 13 career Stanley Cup playoff games. Prior to playing for the Maple Leafs, the Gavle, Sweden native skated in 129 games for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) and recorded 101 points (46 goals, 55 assists). He was named to the AHL’s Second All-Sar Team and captured the Calder Cup with the Marlies in 2018, where he was also awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs.
Internationally, Johnsson skated for Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden where he recorded six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in seven games and captured a silver medal.
Johnsson was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the seventh round (202nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.