Joachim Nermark
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Joachim Nermark


Sunne Sweden

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4th round (93rd overall), 2011


187 lbs.

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2008-09: Joachim Nermark split his time between the J-18, J-20, and Division I squads for Sunne. In 19 games for the J-18 club, he scored 8 goals and added 14 assists for 22 points. In 15 games for the J-20 club, Nermark scored 4 goals and added 4 assists for 8 points. In 16 games at the Division I level, Nermark scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for 5 points. In international play, Nermark scored 7 goals and added 3 assists for 10 points in 11 games for the U-16 squad.

2009-10: Nermark spent most of the season playing for Leksand's J-20 team in the SuperElite league. In 35 games, he scored 6 goals and added 7 assists for 13 points. Nermark registered no points in 3 playoff games. In 14 games for Leksand's J-18 squad, Nermark scored 8 goals and added 4 assists for 12 points. Nermark played for Sweden at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 1 goal and adding 4 assists for 5 points in 6 games. Nermark also represented Sweden at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, picking up 3 assists in 6 games.

2010-11: Nermark played in the Linkoping organization, primarily for the J-20 squad in the SuperElite league. In 37 games, he scored 8 goals and added 18 assists for 26 points. Nermark registered no points in 3 playoff games. Nermark also saw his first action in the SEL, registering no points in 12 playoff games. Nermark played for Sweden at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal in 5 games.

2011-12: Nermark saw limited action in a dozen games with Linkoping in Sweden's Elitserien for the second straight year and skated on loan to Boras in the Swedish second league (Allsvenskan) as well as competing for Linkoping's U20 team. He was scoreless and minus-two – averaging just under eight minutes of ice time – in Elitserien play. Playing for Boras he scored his first professional goal, a power play goal, and was minus-five in 12 games. Neither Linkoping (10th) nor Boras (13th) reached the playoffs in their respective leagues. Nermark was a consistent scorer for the Linkoping junior team. In 31 regular season games he scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was plus-10 with 14 penalty minutes. Nermark skated in all six playoff games as Linkoping reached the SuperElit U20 semifinals; scoring 1 goal with 4 assists and finishing plus-three.


Talent Analysis

The smooth-skating Swede is a skilled pivot whose greatest strength is his selfless defensive play. Nermark has the ability to score and produce points but he needs to be more selfish with the puck.



Nermark is likely to spend a few more seasons in the Elitserien developing better hockey sense. He projects as a shutdown player and penalty-kill specialist with some scoring upside at the NHL level.


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