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Fantasy Summary

Smooth skating winger with a great shot. Plays an energetic, physical game and projects as a top-six NHL winger.


Observations

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October 2022 – Kemell has had a hot start to his Liiga season. Through 11 games, the Finnish winger has scored five goals and seven points. His current points-per-game rate of 0.636 is a solid jump up from last year’s 0.589. Look for him to be one of Finland’s key players once again at the 2023 World Juniors. Curtis Rines

July 2022 – The Predators announced that Kemell has been signed to his three-year entry-level deal. Kemell is set to return to Liiga for another year with JYP. Curtis Rines

July 2022 – Kemell has been selected by the Nashville Predators with the 17th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Kemell has been the biggest riser in the public draft sphere through the first half of the season and it’s easy to see why. He got off to an incredible start in his first full season in Liiga, scoring 10 goals in his first 13 games and jumping out to an early scoring lead. An injury has slowed him down but he is still on pace for one of the best U20 seasons in Liiga history as a first-year draft eligible. Kemell has also been named to Finland’s roster for the upcoming World Juniors and is expected to play a significant role with half of a Liiga season under his belt. Nick Richard

September 2021 – Joakim Kemell had a very strong debut in Finland’s U20 league where he finished 18th in scoring (36 points in 38 games) as a 16-year-old in 2020-21. In April 2021, he became the first 2004-born player to debut in Liiga and scored a goal right away. He made a good impression in May at the U18s, finishing the tournament with three goals in seven games. Kemell was the standout for team Finland at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup this year, finishing with five goals and an assist in six games. He was far and away the best player on the team, leading them both offensively and defensively. The expectation for Kemell is to play his draft year with JYP in Liiga.

Kemell is a very skilled and dangerous winger who possesses a lethal shot and he will definitely fill the net with a lot of pucks. He has natural goal-scoring predatory instincts and can score in many different ways. Kemell just wants the puck on his stick so he can be the difference-maker and rightfully so as he is a very creative and confident player. The Finnish winger is a strong skater with great speed and edgework and you can regularly see him carrying the puck through the neutral zone. I would also describe him as a versatile player with very strong off-puck skills. He can be physical, likes to hit, and is not afraid to block opposing shots with his body. He is a player who loves to get under the opponent’s skin and who seeks out contact consistently. Joakim Kemell has been on my radar for a long time and there is so much to like about his game. Definitely a player to keep your eyes on early in the 2022 NHL Draft. Marek Novotny

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type Europe
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 27, 2004
Height 5‘11”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 1; Overall: 17

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Finland Selects U12WSI U127 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Finland Selects U12WSI U127 6 1016 8|        
 2017-2018 JYP U16U16 SM-sarja Q24 10 717 8|        
  JYP U16U16 SM-sarja18 8 1422 14|Playoffs3 1 12
 2018-2019 JYP U16U16 SM-sarja Q12 10 919 12|        
  JYP U16U16 SM-sarja15 17 1633 22|Playoffs5 3 69
  JYP U18U18 SM-sarja19 7 310 20|