26-Year-Old Center – Nashville Predators
Calle Jarnkrok Contract Information:
Signed a six-year, $12 million contract with the Predators in July of 2016.
Jarnkrok was bumped up to a scoring role Saturday against the Penguins, centering the second line between Filip Forsberg and Pontus Aberg.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Jarnkrok continued to show improvement in 2015-16, his third season with the Predators, posting career highs of 16 goals and 14 assists over 81 games. A center by trade, he was much more effective after being bumped up to wing duty on the first line in February, scoring 16 points over his last 31 regular-season games Ė perhaps one of the stronger considerations in the Preds signing him to a six-year extension this summer. If he can stick on the first line with the likes of Ryan Johansen and James Neal, Jarnkrok has a good shot at a 40-plus-point campaign, but it seems more likely that Filip Forsberg will take that slot while Jarnkrok centers the third unit. Still, the potential for top-six minutes and power-play time makes the Swede a good late-round upside pick in fantasy drafts.
Coming into last season, expectations for Jarnkrok were high after the Preds acquired him from Detroit in the David Legwand trade the year before. However, with just 18 points in 74 games last season, Jarnkrok was somewhat of a disappointment. To be fair, with the likes of James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, Mike Fisher, and Filip Forsberg occupying the Predsí top two lines, Jarnkrok had little chance of landing a top-six spot, and he spent most of the season playing a checking-line role. This season, with the departures of Matt Cullen and Mike Santorelli, Jarnkrok will likely cement his status as a bottom-six player for the Preds, and could even see the occasional shift playing on a scoring line should the opportunity arise.
The centerpiece of the deal that sent David Legwand to Detroit, Jarnkrok, 22, could turn out to be a real steal for Nashville. After notching nine points in six games for AHL Milwaukee, the young center was recalled by the Preds and chipped in nine points over 12 games down the stretch, including three points in the season finale against Minnesota. Jarkrok projects as a solid playmaking center with excellent puck control who can play on either of the teamís top two lines. However, the Preds are now stacked down the middle, so Jarnkrok could very well start this season back in the AHL. Nevertheless, he has a very bright future in the NHL, and itís just a matter of time before he lands as an everyday player.
Jarnkrok hopes to get a shot at the Red Wings' roster in 2012-13 after spending a little time in the AHL last season, but is likely still a year or two away from making the big leagues.