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November 2, 2021

Kemell to miss 3-4 weeks because of injury

Joakim Kemell will miss 3-4 weeks because of an injury, JYP announced Tuesday.

Surgery is not required for the injury, which is presumed to be upper-body.

“Kemell continued his October the way he ended his September,” FCHockey regional scout Rasmus Tornqvist said. “He equaled his goal and point totals from last month two game-winning goals in eight games. He was especially impressive on the power play, where he was able to score four goals during the month.

“His month, however, ended in an unfortunate injury.”

The 17-year-old was named Liiga’s October Player of the Month earlier Tuesday. Kemell, eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft, leads Liiga in goals (12) and points (16) this season. He is the youngest player in Liiga history to earn a player of the month nod.

“The most impressive part of Kemell’s game is his ability to create scoring chances when there seemingly are none,” Tornqvist said. “He uses his high-level speed and stickhandling skills to create space for himself and his teammates, and his confidence is through the roof at the moment. He wants to score every time he is in possession of the puck, and is also able to score from further out thanks to his good shot.”

Kemell, who should recover well in advance of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, sustained the injury on a hit with Kristian Pospisilia in a game against Lukko on Saturday.

Kemell is No. 10 in FCHockey’s Preliminary ranking for the 2022 draft.

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