Canucks prospects: Lekkerimaki joins elite company with third goal in three games

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Vancouver Canucks prospect Jonathan Lekkerimaki scored his third goal in the first three games of the SHL season, netting the winner for Orebro in their 2-1 win over Lulea on Thursday.

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The goal came five minutes into the third period, with the Canucks’ 15th overall pick in 2022 taking a pass in the high slot and snapping the puck into the top of the net.

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It stood up as the game-winner.

“It feels good, fun to score and strong that we turn the game around. It’s fun to score goals and I just try to do my best,” Lekkerimaki, 19, said post game.

Lekkerimaki, a highly-skilled 5-foot-11, 172-pound right-shot forward, scored two power play goals in the first two games.

The three goals match Lekkerimaki’s entire output in 29 regular season games last year, in a campaign marred by injuries and illness.

Only three junior-aged players have ever scored in the first three games of the SHL season: Thomas Gradin, Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund.

Gradin played eight seasons with the Canucks, from 1978-86, while Naslund is a former captain and played 12 seasons in Vancouver.

Elsewhere: 2020 third-round pick Joni Jurmo picked up his first point of the Liiga season on Wednesday, assisting on the game-winning goal for Ilves in a 4-2 win over Lukko.