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Scouts Talk Korchinski, Mintyukov, Mateychuk (+)

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But what if the San Jose Sharks don’t go forward in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft?

In part because the Sharks lack a blue-chip blueline prospect in the system, a lot of mock drafts have San Jose looking toward the back-end on Jul. 7.

So if the San Jose Sharks pass on scoring help like Joakim Kemell, Brad Lambert, Jonathan Lekkerimaki, Frank Nazar, or Matthew Savoie?

Scouts Talk Lambert, Lekkerimaki, Nazar & More (+)

Or if they forgo do-everything forwards like Conor Geekie, Marco Kasper, or Danila Yurov?

Scouts Talk Geekie, Kasper, Yurov (+)

There are three playmaking defensemen who could be available to the San Jose Sharks at No. 11: Kevin Korchinski, Pavel Mintyukov, or Denton Mateychuk.

Why has Korchinski moved ahead of Mintyukov and Mateychuk in most Draft rankings? What’s Mintyukov’s “home run” potential? And why is Mateychuk the biggest wild card of this bunch?

Two NHL scouts open their notebooks and share their thoughts about these trio of blueliners.

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