Joel Eriksson Ek
Joel Eriksson Ek
21-Year-Old CenterC
Minnesota Wild
2018 Fantasy Outlook
In his first full North American campaign, Eriksson Ek didn't come close to the scoring pace he set in his initial crack at the NHL in 2016-17, but he still showed the two-way game that makes him the future up the middle for the Wild. The 20th overall pick in the 2015 draft is smooth in all three zones, and his vision and passing skills should quickly make him a very effective distributor on a roster littered with snipers on the wings. With Eric Staal in the final year of his contract and Mikko Koivu on the wrong side of 30, the 21-year-old should find himself in a top-six role by next season, but an early audition in 2018-19 isn't out of the question. Read Past Outlooks
$Loaned to Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in November of 2016.
Summoned by parent club
CMinnesota Wild
January 8, 2019
The Wild recalled Eriksson Ek from AHL Iowa on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Eriksson Ek has been on a roll since being sent to the minors on Dec. 27, racking up four goals and six points in five appearances. Eric Fehr is currently dealing with an undisclosed injury, so Eriksson Ek may draw into the big club's lineup immediately against the Bruins on Tuesday.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:31
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:06
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:16
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
10:37
0:06
0:10
2017–18
12:47
0:07
1:05
2018–19
12:31
0:06
1:16
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
Eriksson Ek was claimed by the Wild with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2015 draft, and it's starting to look like he's ready to make a major NHL impact. He started the season in his native Sweden and ended it in Minnesota, where he seemed to have no problem making the necessary adjustments. After all, he managed to pick up seven points in 15 games despite averaging a mere 10:37 of ice time and seeing essentially zero power-play opportunities. Just 20 years old, Eriksson Ek is already a well-rounded two-way pivot who enters the 2017-18 season penciled in as the Wild’s No. 3 center. The presences of Mikko Koivu and Eric Staal ahead of him on the depth chart may limit his short-term upside in fantasy, but if extra playing time opens up as the season progresses, Eriksson Ek will be well positioned to take advantage.
Eriksson-Ek, the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, will play in Sweden this season. When he does come to North America, he'll be a top prospect as he's shown strong overall skills. He had 21 goals in 25 games with Farjestad BK's junior squad last season, showing off his good hands and ability to peel out of possession and find seams to the net. He's a smart and competitive player who already plays a 200-foot game. And he has the ability to adapt his game to fit any style. That versatility is incredibly valuable. All Eriksson-Ek needs to do is add muscle and strength, and learn to battle against men. And when he does, he'll find his way to the NHL as a second-line, two-way pivot, not unlike Derick Brassard.
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Headed for minors
CMinnesota Wild
December 27, 2018
Eriksson Ek will be shipped back to AHL Iowa following the end of the roster freeze, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Plays sparingly in loss
CMinnesota Wild
December 7, 2018
Eriksson Ek saw just 10:20 of ice time Thursday night, failing to find the scoresheet in a 2-0 loss to Calgary.
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Sent to press box Saturday
CMinnesota Wild
November 17, 2018
Eriksson Ek will be a healthy scratch when the Wild face the Sabres on Saturday, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Nets first goal
CMinnesota Wild
November 11, 2018
Eriksson Ek scored his first goal of the year in Sunday's 3-2 win over St. Louis.
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Quiet in return
CMinnesota Wild
October 28, 2018
Eriksson Ek returned from an upper-body injury Saturday, recording two empty shots on goal and a hit over 10:27 of ice time in a 3-2 home win over the Avalanche.
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