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
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.
ANALYSIS
This news was relayed to Murphy by Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "Just a reset," said the bench boss. "It's a bit of take notice. He plays hard every night. He does all the things you want to do defensively. We just need a little bit more." Eriksson Ek only has two points in 13 games this season, but it's at least good to know that he's not in the doghouse.
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2018–19 Depth Chart Status
#5 Center
MIN C PP Depth Chart
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:07
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:09
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:13
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
10:37
0:06
0:10
2017–18
12:47
0:07
1:05
2018–19
12:07
0:09
1:13
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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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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Officially removed from IR
CMinnesota Wild
October 27, 2018
Eriksson Ek (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve for Saturday's home game against the Avalanche.
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Ready to go Saturday
CMinnesota Wild
Upper Body
October 26, 2018
Eriksson Ek (upper body) will suit up versus the Avalanche on Saturday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Awaiting medical clearance
CMinnesota Wild
Upper Body
October 24, 2018
Eriksson Ek (upper body) joined the Wild for Wednesday's practice sesson, but will need "to wait for the doctors to tell me he's good to go," according to coach Bruce Boudreau.
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