Joachim Blichfeld

by Zachary DeVine on November 14, 2017

Joachim Blichfeld, LW/RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-02

Weight: 176

Born: 1998-07-17

Hometown: Frederikshavn, Denmark

Drafted: 7th round 2016 by San Jose (210th overall)

 

 

 

 
Observations:
 
November 2017 - Blichfeld missed a few games with a concussion after he was caught with his head down. After a 28 goal, 58 point performance last year with a surprising Portland Winterhawks squad, Blichfeld again has been a key offensive driver on a squad with the likes of Kieffer Bellows and Cody Glass. Blichfeld looks to have filled out a bit more in his second WHL season and while his shot is still a bit slow to get off, it is very accurate with good instincts. The latest Dane prospect for the Sharks looks to be a keeper and is well on his way to earning an entry-level contract with the club. Zachary DeVine
 
February 2017 – The move to North America looks to be a fantastic one for the Sharks seventh round pick. After a strong start with the Portland Winterhawks, Blichfeld was a key contributor to the success of Denmark's World Junior Championship side and recorded three goals and an assist in five games as Denmark qualified for the knockout round.
Upon his return to Portland, the newfound confidence is growing. The 6'1 winger has 22 points in the 17 games since returning and potted five goals in his last three games. Blichfeld has mostly been used on the Winterhawks top line, skating with 2017 top prospect Cody Glass. Through 48 games, Blichfeld has knocked home 24 goals and added 26 apples. The Sharks seem to strike gold in the latter stages of the draft and early returns on Blichfeld point in that direction again. Zachary DeVine
 

October 2016 – Blichfeld was one of the most noticeable forwards for the Sharks during the Rookie Showcase and came close to two goals, but found iron on two heavy wrist shots. Blichfeld will need some seasoning, but he had two goals for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks in the preseason and already has two goals and two assists in five regular season matches. He’ll get reliable professional guidance under former NHL bench boss Mike Johnston and plenty of opportunities as well with a younger Winterhawks team.  Zachary DeVine

 

August 2016Blichfeld was the penultimate pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft but the Sharks track record in developing late round picks puts the young Dane on the radar for the future. Blichfeld has never been on North American ice but got stronger in drills as he became more familiar with his surroundings. Blichfeld plays both wing positions and has a solid shot and exhibited some good instincts. His skating will need attention, his very upright style limited mobility at times. Like most young players, he will need to add bulk to his frame.

Blichfeld spent the last two seasons in Sweden as part of the Malmo Redhawks Junior program. He also was part of Denmark’s U18 squad. For the 2016-17 campaign Blichfeld will head to the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks as their second round, 85th overall selection. His transition to the North American game will kickoff in ernest this fall and be easy for the Sharks to monitor. Zachary DeVine

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

To early to tell, but the Sharks success in the later stages of the draft inspire confidence.

 

 

Footage:

 

Patrick McNally and Joachim Blichfeld work on one-timers with Mike Ricci

 

An Interview with Joachim Blichfeld at Sharks Development Camp

 

 

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