Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan preview the Stanley Cup Final from media day with the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.
With Finland winning gold at the IIHF Men's World Championship Sunday, 2019 NHL draft prospect Kaapo Kakko just claimed his third IIHF gold medal in the last 13 months. It started with his leading the Finland to the gold medal at the World Men's Under-18 Championship in April 2018. Kakko tied for the team scoring lead with 10 points as Finland bested the United States in the U18 final. In January, Kakko scored the game-winning goal in the waning minutes of the World Junior Championship final for Finland to once again secure gold at the expense of the U.S. The 18-year-old capped off his gold rush Sunday with Finland securing a 3-1 over Canada. The budding superstar finished the tournament with six goals and one assist, the second highest scoring total ever by a player in his U18 season at the Men's World Championship. Fellow Finn Patrik Laine holds the record for U18 players with 12 points in 2016. Kakko has been the consensus No. 2 ranked prospect for the NHL Draft for the entire season, but has certainly made a case for himself to push consensus No. 1 Jack Hughes as draft day nears. The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers hold the first and second overall picks, respectively.
The St. Louis Blues' bandwagon is rolling through NHL gear sales. Since clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, sales of Blues merchandise spiked over 700 percent from their previous round clincher against Dallas. According to Fanatics, the sports merchandise company that manages the NHL's on-site and online retail, this is the largest series-over-series increase they've seen. They said the Blues are on pace to become the No. 2 best-selling NHL Conference Champion ever, behind only the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018.