The 2022 NHL Entry Draft is fast approaching and with the 11th overall pick, the San Jose Sharks have scouted all of the guys and know which players sit at the top of their list. So we instead have been taking an off-the-ice look at some of the top options for the Sharks this summer.
This is the final installment of the three-part series, where we have looked at three groups of NHL draft prospects that the San Jose Sharks can pick up in the 11th selection.
The first group was the do-everything, all-around forward — Marco Kasper, Danila Yurov, and Conor Geekie, while the second group was focused on the high-skill, offensive forward group — Brad Lambert, Joakim Kemell, Matthew Savoie, Frank Nazar, and Jonathan Lekkerimaki.
Today, we finish with the defenseman to keep an eye on, Pavel Mintyukov, Denton Mateychuk, and Kevin Korchinski
Pavel Mintyukov spent the season with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit, but back at home in Russia, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound defenseman has spent some time boxing in his training preparation:
Aside from that, Mintyukov seems to stick to hockey when posting, but a former teammate posted this photo after a tournament win, with Dynamo Moscow defenseman Andrey Mironov. Mintyukov wore the “C” for his Dynamo youth team in this six-year-old pic.
Denton Mateychuk is a 5-foot-11, 191-pound defenseman with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL, but hockey isn’t his only sport of note:
On the Western Centric podcast, Mateychuk mentioned that his favorite music artists are 21 Savage and Drake. Does anybody else wonder what he’s thinking about Drake’s newest album?
Where would we be without pictures of hockey players with fish?
Mateychuk also joined the podcast I Only Touch Greatness, and he noted that a player he would compare his game to is Erik Karlsson. Not a bad comparison if he comes to the San Jose Sharks!
Mateychuk is also the cousin of 2022 NHL draft-eligible defenseman Owen Pickering.
Kevin Korchinski may be one of the most talked-about possibilities for the Sharks to select at No. 11. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenseman is one of the most exciting blueliners to watch in the first round, but he’s just as fun off of the ice. While his social media posts tend to be focused on hockey, Thunderbirds social media has done a fantastic job showcasing his personality where possible.
Lucky enough to play his major junior in Pacific Northwest with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds, Korchinski has mentioned that his favorite food is sushi. Hmmm. It sounds like a team on the West Coast would be ideal.
Kevin Korchinski, big brownie with marshmallows guy:
This may be from on the ice, but you don’t get cooler than this:
Kevin Korchinski fly by
The San Jose Sharks might want him, but if you listen to his teammate, he stinks…
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