SB Nation NHL Mock Draft 2022: Picks 8-13

Day two of the SB Nation NHL Mock Draft saw six picks, including the San Jose Sharks. The Anaheim Ducks have made big progress on the field, while several famous forwards have come off the plate.

Here are today’s picks:

8. Detroit Red Wings – Matthew Savoy

From Winning It in Motown:

One of the biggest needs on Steve Yzerman’s off-season checklist is the game industry’s second line center. Not only does Savoy match that description, but his skill set makes him a perfect fit behind Dylan Larkin. When you have a top-level two-way center blocking the top line and an offensively talented second line center behind it, you have a one-to-two evil punch that will confuse the opponent.

Pair a guy like Savoie with Jakub Vrana and, say, Filip Zadina (a player who has been greatly improved along with Vrana), and you get a bona fide second streak. You can even give Jonatan Berggren some reps with the Apprentice. Savoie’s skill set is so dynamic that he can work with just about anyone on the list.

9. Buffalo Sabers – Connor Jicky

From Die By The Blade:

For me, personally, I think Geekie translates into a great NHL winger. He will excel in one-touch passes and in the offensive zone moving pucks around the zone and in dangerous parts of the ice. I think his navigating concerns are legitimate and that I don’t know if they can be rectified to a level where you can move him to the center to smooth the pucks up and down the ice. I’m not questioning his level of movement or effort, but I do think that skating limits his ability to be tough on pucks, and his overall approach to how to defend seems to be more geared towards using his stick than his body.

This does not mean that he does not play physically. Faced with that, I would argue that I like that he has an edge in his game. Given that we have three picks in the first round: a homerun swing on a Geekie could bring in big profits if Sabers can develop it right.

10. Anaheim Ducks – Kevin Korczynski

From Anaheim Calls:

He has been compared to Shea Theodore in his playing style and snowboarding abilities. While the Ducks have great defensive prospects in Zellweger and Drysdale (still considered a possibility until his 200th game), adding someone of Korchinski’s size and skill will really help diversify Duck’s blueline for years to come. Although Korchinski may not have the same ceiling as some of the other defensive possibilities in the same range, he does have a higher ground and his game will translate into the NHL.

Drysdale is the focus of opposing NHL teams, making Korchinski either the perfect partner to split this focus, or a second pairing player with Olen Zellweger who rivals most NHL second pairings. It’s the right choice of duck at the right time.

11. San Jose Sharks – Jonathan Likiremaki

Of fear:

The 17-year-old Swede ranks as high as 8th, with most rankings placing him somewhere in the back half of the top 10, but that’s not the only thing that makes him a perfect fit for the Sharks in 11th. . He’s the player prototype that shark fans know, and possesses a skill level that surpasses many would-be Swedish snipers the team has passed through.

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Looking at the prospects, especially outside of the top ten choices, it is important to determine which skills are applicable and which ones might become a project. Lekkerimaki’s elite skill is his shot. It’s a hard-to-teach skill that he comes up with naturally – or perhaps supernaturally, with Elite Prospects rated his shot second best among his entire introductory class. It’s hard to get past that.

His puck handling also points to a prowess with the easily-imagined disc as the central building block towards crafting Lekkerimaki into a mainstay of the NHL.

12. Columbus Blue Jackets – Frank Nazar

From the cannon:

Other players I considered were Brad Lambert and Marco Casper, but their productions in the top European Pro Leagues didn’t quite jump off the page.

Nizar is a polarizing prospect. NHL Central Scouting only made him the 21 best skater in North America, but Elite Prospects earned him fourth place among all players in the class, and Blue Jackets reporter Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers dubbed Nazar the draft stealer. Nazar will be a freshman at the University of Michigan in the fall (I know, that’s gross) where he’ll be surrounded by another stacked list, even after Kent Johnson and Co. has left.

13. New Yorkers – Marco Casper

From Lighthouse Hockey:

But first, I’ll touch upon the wholly inappropriate but fun reasons I scoffed at his formulation: he’s an Austrian, and the islands are historically light on Austrians. (As is the case in the entire NHL, but whatever.) It’s from Innsbruck, a beautiful city I’ve been to many times.

Now to the moderately related reasons: It’s a prospect seen as a sure first player, probably mid-round, but few people rated it higher. This type of player some teams will be big on and recruit if available in their place. He represents a position although he plays the role of a winger in the pros. Natural positions that can play the wing are so versatile and valuable, you just can’t get enough. Maybe he’ll become Brooke Nelson or Anthony Bouvier (hopefully the good version), and maybe he’ll become something completely different.

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