There is now less than a month left before the next NHL Entry Draft, which will take place at the Bell Center on July 7-8. Obviously, for the Canadian, this will be a decisive event for the future of the team, since in addition to the first option, the team will have four of the 62 first options in the auction.
As I said: this will not be the time to miss your chance.
What we do know is that the CH leaders will be open to moving up the playoff order if they want to select a particular player. Jeff Gorton has done it many times in the past, Kent Hughes said he would consider the possibility and with the myriad of options available to the HC, both to show up and to recruit a lot of players not all of us will be able to. put under contract.
And that’s why I want to talk to you about a possible CH target if he were to show up: Jonathan Lekkerimaki.
But who is Lekkerimaki? If I had to describe it in three words, I’d go with “a pure marker.”
The young Swedish striker is a real threat in the attacking zone, he who is seen as one of the best (if not the best) vintage scorers. His shot is pretty devastating, as evidenced by his seven goals in 26 SHL games this season. It is important to clarify that the SHL is a professional league and that Lekkerimaki was only 17 years old.
Most pundits expect to see him exit around 10th place. Chris Peters notably placed it at number 9 in his rankings today, by the way.
Absolute 💣 by Chris Peters.
He got down to business, went to Germany for the U-18 World Cup, spent countless hours watching videos and talking to scouts. @chrismpeters released his Top 100 @DailyFaceoff before 2022 #NHLDraft – and Shane Wright is not number 1. https://t.co/dAEa1d9Ivd
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 10, 2022
No, Lekkerimaki won’t be the first player drafted from the Bell Center on July 7, but if the CH is ever willing to pay to show up and get another top-10 pick, he wouldn’t. Really Not surprisingly, he selects Lekkerimaki, with whom the team dined during the week of Set. It’s not a guarantee, but if they shared a meal, there’s probably some interest from the Habs instead.
The idea of seeing the CH get another option top 10 drafting a guy like Lekkerimaki isn’t impossible. Arpon Basu remarkably believes that it is a possibility, and I tend to agree with him.
– Radio TSN 690 (@TSN690) June 10, 2022
Lekkerimaki was born on July 24, 2004, which means he will only be 17 years old in the draft. He will be 18 years old at the start of next season, but the fact that he is one of the youngest players of the crop could play in his favor in terms of his development given that he is a bit younger than the similar of the. It’s a bit like Joshua Roy, who was born on August 6 last year.
The young Swede is therefore, in my opinion, the logical target of the CH if he has to advance to the next draft. He is not a perfect player, far from it (you have to work on his skating and his defensive game), but his flaws are things that have to be worked on. Scoring goals is somewhat more difficult to develop, and Lekkerimaki has mastered this side of the game quite well.
Personally, he reminds me a bit of Cole Caufield (slightly older) when he was recruited by the CH. His two years in the NCAA will have served him well, and with Lekkerimaki set to return to Sweden next year, I think there’s an interesting parallel to draw here.
In short, we will see if the CH advances to the playoffs on July 7, and if it does, we will see if Lekkerimaki will be selected. And if that is the case, I will be very frank with you: I will be very happy with this decision.
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