Joel Eriksson Ek
Joel Eriksson Ek
22-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.
Returns with three hits
CMinnesota Wild
March 29, 2019
Eriksson Ek (lower body) had three hits over 15:02 of ice time during Friday's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights.
ANALYSIS
The Swedish center didn't find his way onto the scoresheet after missing seven contests, but he skated 1:45 more than his season average, indicating he is ready to resume his full role for the Wild. Eriksson Ek has 13 points and 104 hits in 54 games while playing pivot in the bottom six.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:30
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:22
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
10:37
0:06
0:10
2017–18
12:47
0:07
1:05
2018–19
13:30
0:10
1:22
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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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Slotting in Friday
CMinnesota Wild
March 29, 2019
Eriksson Ek (lower body) will play in Friday's game versus the Golden Knights, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Slated to play Friday
CMinnesota Wild
Lower Body
March 28, 2019
According to coach Bruce Boudreau, Eriksson Ek (lower body) "looked good" in practice and is expected to rejoin the lineup for Friday's game against the Golden Knights, Chad Graff reports.
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Game-time call Friday
CMinnesota Wild
Lower Body
March 27, 2019
Erickson Ek will be a game-time decision for Friday's tilt versus the Golden Knights.
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Sitting out again Monday
CMinnesota Wild
Lower Body
March 25, 2019
Eriksson Ek (lower body) will sit out Monday's tilt against Nashville, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Can't shake injury
CMinnesota Wild
Lower Body
March 23, 2019
Eriksson Ek (lower body) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Hurricanes, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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