The San Jose Sharks currently own the 11th overall selection in the upcoming 2022 NHL Entry Draft, and anybody can talk about a player’s numbers, but let’s take a little different and fun approach to looking at three possible future Sharks — let’s look at the prospects off the ice.
This will be a three-part series, grouped by the three types of prospects that the Sharks will probably consider at No. 11.
There’s the do-everything, all-around forward — Marco Kasper, Danila Yurov, and Conor Geekie. That’s the off-the-ice focus today.
There’s the more offense-leaning, high-skill forward — Joakim Kemell, Matthew Savoie, Jonathan Lekkerimaki, Frank Nazar, and Brad Lambert.
Finally, there’s defensemen Kevin Korchinski, Pavel Mintyukov, Denton Mateychuk, and Ryan Chesley.
Marco Kasper is a 6-foot-1, 187-pound Austrian center, who “does an excellent job of finding ways to shake himself free of pressure when in control of the puck,” per Josh Tessler. Kasper has spent the past two seasons in the SHL, playing with Rögle BK.
In a talk with the Canucks Conversation podcast, Kasper mentioned that he played both soccer and hockey when he was younger, but he “always had more fun playing hockey.” During the episode, the Austrian forward also discussed how easy it was for him to pick up on Swedish.
Here’s Kasper at the 2020 World Junior Championship, talking about having to do homework while at the tournament:
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 30, 2020
Conor Geekie is the younger brother of Seattle Kraken forward Morgan Geekie, and the 6-foot-4, 205-pound center is set to make a name for himself come draft day.
Scott Wheeler of The Athletic had this to say about the Winnipeg ICE forward: “He’s got impressive hands and body control for his size, which helps him control pucks inside the offensive zone and make plays while also getting the upper hand in board battles.”
Geekie has shown his lighter side during his time with the ICE…
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…so long as you don’t touch his teammates!
It also looks like he’s got his billet brother’s back!
By the way, he’s lovin’ it!
Danila Yurov is the oldest of the trio we are looking at today, with a late 2003 birthday, this is the first year the 6-foot-1, 179-pound forward is eligible for the draft.
As stated by Corey Pronman of The Athletic, “His stick skills and overall creativity with the puck are high end. He’s a good skater and shows excellent ability to beat defenders with speed or with dekes. He also shows great skill in tight spaces to maintain possession.”
While he is sorely lacking in social media updates — his Instagram has one hockey-related post — who needs them when you can watch Yurov do stuff like this?
— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) January 28, 2022
It seems Yurov is too busy impressing everybody watching him on the ice to worry about also entertaining us off of it as well.
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IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
Could the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins be trade partners this summer? (The Hockey Writers)
Where does Ozzy Weisblatt rank among the Sharks under 25s? (Fear the Fin)
Meet the Sharks mural project artists. (NHL)
There’s a shark in the water and it’s @rudolfsbalcers 💥
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 20, 2022
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— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 21, 2022
59.' TOOOOOOOR für die Schweiz! It's Timo Time!
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AROUND THE NHL…
Is Shane Wright still the best choice to go first overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft? (The Athletic)
Jack Campbell holds some power over his situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)
Catching up on some World Championship news after USA's 3-2 OT win over Sweden early this AM. Jon Merrill's tournament is over after being injured on his first shift. USA also didn't have Nick Blankenburg (CBJ) today and played with 5 D.
Seth Jones played 34:37 of a 64:48 game.
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) May 21, 2022
Rick Bowness steps down as head coach of the Dallas Stars: (NBC Sports)
— Budweiser Canada (@BudweiserCanada) May 20, 2022
A “Brady Tkachuk” for every team that lost in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. (The Athletic)
Taking a look at Kasperi Kapanen and the Pittsburgh Penguins:
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The Colorado Avalanche need more contribution from more guys:
Don’t count them out, the Florida Panthers could still come back:
A look at Robin Salo’s season for the New York Islanders:
Who will be coaching the Vegas Golden Knights next season? Some ideas:
Who could be taking over the bench for the Philadelphia Flyers? This is what they’re looking for:
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A look at Detroit Red Wings forward Adam Erne:
Goaltending is still an issue for the Calgary Flames (and the Edmonton Oilers):
The Montreal Canadiens still have reasons to be invested in the 2022 NHL Playoffs:
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