Sabres Jack Quinn to make NHL debut Tuesday
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The McKeen’s Hockey group of scouts and experts are hectic dealing with an upgrade to our 2022 NHL Draft rankings and it must be total in the next week. We must have great deals of draft talk next week. In the meantime, we have a deep take a look at a possibility that is making sounds as a possible #1 general. Joakim Kemell was a fast-rising possibility when he ranked 3rd on our last board in November. Shane Wright has not had a frustrating season to date, and as the potential #1 returning as far as last season, there are concerns whether that is a lock any longer. The held off IIHF World Junior Champion may have responded to that concern. Sam Happi presents you to this interesting possibility and what make his video game so unique.
Clare McManus is back with our routine AHL check-in on the eve of Jack Quinn’s launching this night for the Sabres. Quinn is having a great season, so make sure to tune in to see a future NHL sniper who will be a huge piece of the future puzzle in a group of an extremely skilled children emerging in Buffalo. McManus takes you through the potential customers on the farm that are on the increase and making a case for their own function in the NHL.
The McKeen’s group are hunting and discussing potential customers all season long and supply thorough reports on our site: www.mckeenshockey.com
Potential Customers in the News: AHL Check-in – Jack Quinn Makes his NHL Launching
By Clare McManus
Welcome back to another edition of AHL possibility check-ins. It’s been a while given that the last check-in, however there have actually been numerous potential customers continuing their strong season.
Among those men who has actually been on fire this year is Buffalo Sabres possibility Jack Quinn.
The winger has actually dressed for 20 video games with the Rochester Americans this season. He is presently connected for 2nd amongst AHL novices with 12 objectives. Quinn presently sits 12th in the league in points with 26. Jack is among 7 novices to strike the 20-point mark in the AHL this year. Given that his hot start to the year with the Americans, Quinn has actually given that been called to the major league with the Sabres and is set to make his NHL launching with the group Tuesday night versus the Lightning.
Calgary Flames possibility Jakob Pelletier continues to shine with the Stockton Heat, as he presently sits 2nd in the league in points with 11 objectives, 20 helps for 31 points in 29 video games played. Pelletier is the 6th AHL gamer this season to strike the 30-point mark. Will he see a call-up quickly? He has actually absolutely made it.
Florida Panthers possibility Cole Schwindt was just recently called December novice of the month. In the month of December, Schwindt made his NHL launching and taped 2 objectives and 8 helps for 10 points in the month. He has actually done effectively for the Charlotte Checkers this season, having an existing point overall of 9 objectives, 10 helps, for 19 overall points in 29 video games.
Arizona Coyotes 2019 fourth-round choice, Finnish forward Matias Maccelli, has actually made a sound effect on the Tucson Roadrunners this year. In 23 AHL video games, he has actually taped 8 objectives and 15 helps for 23 overall points. The Tucson Roadrunners interactions member, Jimmy Peebles tweeted that the Roadrunners HC believes really extremely of him. “”He’s a dynamic player with the puck, he creates offense. Obviously, you can’t win a hockey game unless you score some goals and it’s really important to have him in the lineup.”
Former University of Notre Dame forward Alex Steeves has actually produced well in his very first AHL season with the Toronto Marlies. In 2015, the Maple Leafs signed Steeves as a NCAA complimentary representative. This season, he has actually appeared in 3 video games with the Leafs, scoring one point. In 17 video games with the Marlies, he has actually published 9 objectives and 8 helps for 17 points. Up until now, he’s appearing like a good pickup by the Leafs.
New York Rangers defensive prospect and former UMass product Zac Jones has put up a good stat-line for the Harvard Wolfpack. Drafted by the Rangers in the third-round in 2019, Jones has played 21 games for the Wolfpack this season, notching four goals and 13 assists for 17 points.
Colorado Avalanche possibility Justin Barron is in the midst of his first pro season. The 2020 first rounder has appeared in two NHL games this season and 18 games for the Colorado Eagles. In those 18 games, Barron has scored four goals and seven assists for 11 total points.
The NJ Devils 2018 fifth-round pick, goalie Akira Schmid, has done great in his first pro season. The Swiss netminder made his NHL debut this year and has appeared in three NHL games. He has played a majority of the year with the Utica Comets, with 10 games. Schmid has a current GAA of 1.69 and a save percentage of .944. Another Devils goaltending item has actually also done very well. His name is Nico Daws. Daws has actually played 10 video games for the Comets this season, posting a 2.15 GAA and a .926 save percentage. The Devils are looking to have two really solid goaltending prospects in the system.
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Honorable Mentions: JJ Peterka, Lukas Reichel, Valtteri Puustinen, Scott Perunovich, and Amir Miftakhov.
2022 NHL Draft Prospect: Joakim Kemell
By Sam Happi
Joakim Kemell got off to an absolutely torrid start to his draft season, needing no time at all to acclimatize to professional hockey. He recorded 18 points in his first 16 Liiga games, donning the golden helmet as JYP’s top scorer for much of that stretch. The Finn has exploded up draft boards, propelling himself from a top fifteen selection to a player commonly ranked within the top three best players in the 2022 draft. It took a shoulder injury in early November to slow Kemell’s pace, with the Finn going pointless in five December games following his return. Kemell then travelled to Edmonton to participate in the World Junior Championships, where Finland played two official games before the tournament was called off. Kemell was pointless in those two games too. In pre-tournament action, Kemell was the victim of a hit to head by Red Savage that earned Finland a five-minute power play in the last minutes of the game. That penalty enabled a dramatic three goal comeback for the Finnish team, with all three objectives, including the overtime winner, occurring during the major penalty.
First and foremost, Kemell is a scorer. His twelve goals thus far this season double his six helps and Kemell has looked most comfortable in Liiga play manning the top of the circle on the powerplay. His one-timer is a tremendous weapon in that role, having produced several of his goals. He will drift up and down the wing as required to find the end of a passing lane, then drop to one knee as he unleashes his one-timer when the cross-ice pass comes. The Finn has an excellent wrister as well which serves as a valuable complement to his one-timer; when the defence manages to shift over in time to deny the one-timer lane, he will catch the puck, drag it into his feet to produce a fresh angle, then send it lasering towards a corner of the net. Rounding out Kemell’s sniping skillset is a terrific set of hands, allowing him to slice off the wall and get into high-danger locations. He is a confident, crafty, and creative puckhandler who will boldly attack defenders. He gives opposing defencemen little chance to take the puck off of him and is a difficult attacker to body up because of how quickly he is able to change direction. Overfocus on the puck and Kemell will pylonize you; try to take the body and he is able to stop on a dime and head right past. Stopping Kemell is a difficult problem that most defenders have yet to identify the answer to.
The contrast between Kemell’s season thus far and that of his JYP teammate Brad Lambert has been one of the most fascinating storylines of the 2022 draft cycle. It was a conversation that came up several times throughout the early part of the World Juniors and surely would have continued to be a prevalent topic throughout Team Finland’s tournament. Most people predicting JYP’s season in the fall probably would have picked Lambert, who remains in his second full season of Liiga play, to be the draft eligible player most likely to be topping scoring leaderboards, whereas Kemell realistically could have been expected to experience a bit of trouble finding the scoresheet in his very first true professional season. Clearly, the situation has actually not played out in that fashion. Kemell has excelled, whereas Lambert has just six points in 24 video games and has actually quickly fallen below Kemell on a majority of draft boards. Now without the World Juniors tournament as an opportunity to recover lost ground, Lambert will need a sharp reversal in fortune in order to recapture his standing as a possible top three choice. For Kemell, the focus for the rest of the season will be getting back to his form prior to the shoulder injury. If he can do that, Kemell could be drafted as high as 2nd general at the 2022 NHL Draft.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.