FC Rank 12
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Player Profile
Right Wing
Djurgårdens IF
165 lbs
Place of Birth
Huddinge, SWE  

Lekkerimaki, selected with the No. 15 pick in the 2022 draft by the Vancouver Canucks, is a dangerous offensive-minded forward with agile skating and a powerful shot that he can use to score with from all areas of the offensive zone. His ability to fire the puck is his best weapon, showing a high shot rate and a heavy, fast release that allows him to score from distance with either a snapshot or a one-timed slap shot. He shows good awareness of timing his downhill attacks towards the net, creating passing options off the rush and finding open areas to jump into while working on in-zone offensive plays. Lekkerimaki has an accurate shot, using traffic as a screen to improve his scoring odds and consistently finding lanes to the net by changing his feet or angling his release. He has decent straight-line speed, generating plenty of acceleration and open ice speed with his smooth skating form — despite average foot-speed and stride power for a player on the smaller side. His lateral movements and agility are more impressive, using his puck skills to weave through traffic and generating plenty of controlled entries by beating defenders one-on-one. His puckhandling abilities lead to some creative set-ups in close range situations, but he doesn’t show much patience with the puck to cut back upon entering the zone, and will look to shoot instead of delaying to wait for better scoring chances. Lekkerimaki’s tenacity and reads off-puck are not as advanced, however, missing opportunities to disrupt the backcheck through the neutral zone and not offering much aggressiveness or physicality pursuing pucks low in his own defensive zone. Lekkerimaki needs to improve his anticipation and engagement level off-puck and work on being more patient under pressure to create more passing chances instead of carrying into turnovers. If he can improve his all-around game, his shot will give him a chance to contribute as a middle-six winger with some elite power play value at the NHL level.

Joseph Aleong
Scout Profile

Game Results

August 14, 2022
Team USA

Player Report

Skating 6
Shooting 8
Puckhandling 6
Playmaking 7
Offensive Awareness 7
Defensive Awareness 5
Compete 5

Jonathan Lekkerimaki's Reports

Aug 17/22 Jonathan Lekkerimaki 24082 – Team USA vs. Sweden WJC-20 by Joseph Aleong View Summary
Jun 24/22 Jonathan Lekkerimaki 23978 – Sweden vs. Finland WJC-18 by Wige Karle View Summary
Apr 25/22 Jonathan Lekkerimaki 23792 – Latvia vs. Sweden WJC-18 by Derek Neumeier View Summary
Jan 16/22 Jonathan Lekkerimaki 23217 – Rogle J20 vs. Djurgarden J20 J20 Nationell by Fredrik Haak View Summary
Oct 30/21 Jonathan Lekkerimaki 22715 – MoDo U20 vs. Djurgarden U20 J20 Nationell by Viktor Bergman View Summary
Sep 14/21 Jonathan Lekkerimaki 22454 – Brynas J20 vs. Djurgarden J20 J20 Nationell by Fredrik Haak View Summary
Aug 27/21 Jonathan Lekkerimaki 22398 – Sweden vs. Team USA HLINKA by Joshua Frojelin View Summary
Aug 9/21 Jonathan Lekkerimaki 22354 – Germany vs. Sweden HLINKA by Viktor Bergman View Summary