The Penguins Aquanier Capan, Aberg and Lindgren from Toronto

The Pittsburgh Penguins have overtaken Casperi Kapen and Ponce Aberg, and given in return to Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jesper Lindgren Ivan Rodrigues, David Warsofsky, Philip Hollander and a 2020 first-round draft pick, were announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.

“Casparri is a good, young player who accelerates our lineup and plays the way we want to play,” Rutherford said. “Having already drafted him, we know him as a player and feel he can improve on our top-6. Aberg and Lindgren are both young players who will further add to our organizational depth.”

Keppen is signed through the 2021–22 season and the average annual value of his contract is $ 3.2 million, while Lindgren has one year left on his entry-level contract with an average annual value of $ 775,833. Aberg is currently a restricted free agent.

The 24-year-old Kapanen was the Penguins’ first round draft pick before leaving for Toronto in the 2014 Phil Kassel Deal. He is coming off a season in which he recorded 36 points (13G-23A) in 69 matches for the Leafs, eclipsing the 30-point plateau for the second consecutive season. He led all Toronto skaters with two shorthand goals in 2019–20, and in the past two seasons, only 11 players in the NHL have scored more shorthand goals than Kepen’s four.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound winger’s best season came in 2018–19, where he played games (78), goals (20), assists (24), points (44), plus / minus (career) He established a career high in +12), power-play points (4) and game-winning goals (3).

In 202 career regular season games, along with Toronto, Keppen has 41 goals, 49 assists and 90 points. He has also appeared in 25 Stanley Cup playoff games, where he has picked up seven points (4G-3A).

A native of Kupoio, Finland, Kepen has starred for Finland several times internationally, including a gold medal at the 2016 World Junior Championships and a bronze medal at the 2013 World Under-18 Championships.

Kapanen was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round (22nd overall) in 2014. Before being drafted, he played parts of three seasons with Kalpa, Finland’s top professional league, accumulating 39 points (22G-17A) in 101 games. Along with Kalpa, he was on the team with his father, longtime NHL player Sami Kapanen. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford drafted Casperi’s Dad, Sami, in the fourth round (87th overall) in the 1995 NHL Draft when he was GM of the Hartford Whalers.

Aberg, 26, spent the majority of the 2019-20 campaign with the Toronto Marys, a Maple Leafs AHL affiliate, where he finished second on the team with 44 points (20G-24A) in 55 matches. He also appeared in five games for the Maple Leafs, picking up an assist.

The 6-foot, 194-pound winger has played parts of four NHL seasons with Nashville, Edmonton, Anaheim, Minnesota and Toronto, where he has compiled 17 goals, 27 assists and 44 points in 132 regular season games. He also appeared in 18 career Stanley Cup playoff games with Nashville, where he has picked up five points (3G-2A).

In 260 career AHL competitions, the Stockholm, Sweden native has recorded 178 points (97G-81A).

Aberg was originally introduced by Nashville in the 2012 NHL Draft in the second round (37th overall) that was hosted in Pittsburgh. Prior to his time in North America, Aberg played in SHL, Sweden’s top professional league, registering 23 goals and 23 assists with 46 points. He was nominated for SHL Rookie of the Year following the 2011–12 campaign.

The 23-year-old Lindgren spent the entirety of the 2019-20 season with the Toronto Marys, recording a goal, eight assists, nine points and a plus-5 in 31 matches. He has played in 35 career AHL games over three seasons, totaling 10 points (1G-9A).

A 6-foot-1, 176-pound defenseman, a native of Umiya, Sweden, spent the 2018-19 campaign with HPK, Finland’s top professional league Liga. While on HPK, Lindgren was teammates Emil Laramie, Nicklas Almari and Valteri Pustinan with current Penguins prospects. He finished second among the team’s defensemen with 19 points (2G-17A) in 45 games, and later won the Liiga Championship with HPK, with 16 postseason contests.

Lindgren was originally drafted by Toronto in the fourth round (95th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.


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