Get to Know Lambert, Nazar, Lekkerimaki, Kemell, Savoie Off the Ice

With the 11th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft in less than a handful of weeks, the San Jose Sharks have undoubtedly already researched every available player as much as possible in terms of their on-ice performances. How about we continue to look at some of the potential future sharks on land?

This is the middle part of a three-part series exploring three groups of NHL draft candidates the San Jose Sharks can pick in the 11th pick.

The first group was the jack-of-all-trades, all-around striker – Marco Kasper, Danila Yurov and Conor Geekie. We introduced you to these guys from the ice here:

Get to know another side of Geekie, Kasper, Yurov

Today we get to know the more attacking, high-profile forward group – Brad Lambert, Joakim Kemell, Matthew Savoie, Frank Nazar and Jonathan Lekkerimaki.

Finally, there are defenders Kevin Korchinski, Pavel Mintyukov and Denton Mateychuk.

Brad Lambert is a 6ft tall, 183lb Finnish forward.

“He’s really, really talented,” an NHL scout told San Jose Hockey Now. “I think he just does everything his way.”

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

Did you know that Lambert has both Canadian and Finnish citizenship? But he plays internationally for Finland.

You probably know that his uncle Lane Lambert was recently named the new head coach of the New York Islanders? Yes, the Islanders spoke to Brad on the NHL Combine’s Eyes on Isles.

If you take a look at Lambert’s social media, it seems like he’s just into hockey all the time, but it’s clear he’s happy to share snippets that catch his eye throughout his hockey journey.

Yes, that’s Uncle Lane Lambert in the middle!

Joakim Kernel is another highly skilled Finnish forward whose “shot is his calling card and he seems to have the most success when he shoots one-timers,” according to Smaht Scouting’s Josh Tessler.

At 5’11” and 185 pounds, Kemell has spent most of the season in the Liiga with JYP and it seems he has no problem sharing glimpses of his life off the ice on social media.

Google Translate says the caption reads “Little Canoes,” hey, at least he’s creative?

However, his band job (or lack thereof) needs to be discussed.

Matthew Savoy is the younger brother of Carter Savoie of the Edmonton Oilers, but the 5’6, 179 pound Matthew had all eyes on him as he entered the 2022 NHL Draft. Savoie spent the season with the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE, a team that dominated the WHL throughout the regular season.

Describing Savoie recently, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic said: “He does an excellent job creating games for the slot outside of traffic. He’s a fervent skater with explosiveness that allows him to win races, take turns splitting and heeling defenders or charging through gaps in the net (or taking a penalty).”

According to this interview with The Hockey News’ Tony Ferrari, he’s a self-proclaimed “pretty big movie guy.” Savoie also explained in that session that something from Rihanna would be his Guilty Pleasure song and that’s something for everyone to hide behind.

He’s also into video games:

Matthew and Carter Savoie shared their favorite exercises two years ago. Wonder if they’ve found new favorites…

Did you know that Matthew Savoie shares his name with an American Olympic figure skater?

Speaking of Americans, Frank Nazar is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward signed to the University of Michigan. You know, that NCAA team that just seems to be the landing pad for USNTDP alumni?

Wheeler was full of praise for Nazar, saying of him, “He shows creativity throughout his game. He’s as good at emptying pucks as anyone in the draft and regularly firing through tight gaps in coverage.”

Nazar has confidence and talks about it.

Speaking to Ferrari and The Hockey News, Nazar mentioned that being Batman in the DC Universe would be cool, but mostly because he doesn’t want to deal with Thanos in the MCU. hmmmm

He also knows how to have fun! In the penultimate photo in this set, Nazar is assembling a gingerbread house with a couple of USNTDP teammates.

Honestly who wouldn’t want to be part of this team, Nazar and the boys make it look so fun!

Jonathan Lekkerimaki is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound Swedish winger whose “clear strength of the game is his shot,” according to Corey Pronman. Judging by Lekkerimaki’s Instagram, he’s all about this hockey – he’s made seven posts and they’re all business – but he’s tagged in a few fun posts.

Here’s Lekkerimaki, who recently had a draft prep dinner with his agent Gerry Johansson and former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Mikael Tellqvist:

And nothing is cuter than footage of these future NHL stars as kids – here’s Lekkerimaki five years ago, as posted by his top prospect, Noah Ostlund:

Come for the U18 IIHF World Champions photo, stay tuned for William Eklund’s comment on “Lekkishow”:

Of course, “Lekkishow” and the San Jose Sharks’ top contender William Eklund were teammates at Djurgardens.

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