Joel Eriksson Ek

by couching on May 24, 2017

Joel Eriksson Ek, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 183

Born: 1997-01-29

Hometown: Karlstad, SWE

Drafted: 2015 by Minnesota Wild, 20th overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

May 2017 - Eriksson Ek continued his steady progression towards full-time NHL status this year as me landed a spot on the Wild during their ill-fated playoff run, and just yesterday won the gold medal at the IIHF World Championships playing for Sweden. His shot and scoring ability are still second to none, and he will look to make an impact with the Wild next year. He showed that he can play with the best of them this year, and will be taking a step forward. 16 points in 26 SHL games is nothing to scoff at for a 20-year-old, putting him fourth among skaters under 24.2 points per/60 and nearly 10 shots on goal per/60 put him right at the top of his age group as well. With names like Hanzal and White likely not returning, the path is clear for Eriksson Ek to be as close to a lock as you can get to start 2017-18 with the big club.   Will Scouch

 

November 2016 - He got off to a flying start but since then Joel Eriksson Ek has since simmered down due in large part to his limited deployment. How he’s been managing to stay with the big club as long as long as he has so far is a testament to his talent. That being said, if he’s to remain on the fantasy radar at this stage in his development he’ll need to better ice-time than 10 minutes a game to make it happen. Edric Joseph

 

October 2016 – In a sudden turn of events, Joel Eriksson Ek was summoned to suit up for the Minnesota Wild. He didn’t disappoint, scoring a goal in his Saturday night debut against the New Jersey Devils. Not a bad start, let’s see if he can keep it up. His future is bright. Edric Joseph

 

September 2016 – Look for Joel Eriksson Ek, widely considered to be the top prospect in the system, to make a strong bid for a roster spot. GM Fletcher has made it known publicly that he wishes to inject some youth into the lineup and EE wouldn’t be a bad way to go given the revolving door they have for pivot-men at times. Now’s the time to strike with so much talent at the World Cup, it’d make for an easier time for him to stand out. Edric Joseph

 

April 2016 – We can only hope things get better for 2016 first-round pick Joel Eriksson Ek next season as he managed to average less than 15 minutes a game playing for Färjestad of the SHL. He showed an improved shot and that he’s capable of driving possession but his production left much to be desired due in large part to his lack of production. Another tour of duty in Sweden next season is likely but it can only do so much good if he keeps getting so little ice-time. Edric Joseph

 

January 2016 – Joel Eriksson Ek’s performance at the World Juniors left much to be desired in the short but trying World Junior tournament with just two points in six games. It asks a lot of a player to develop chemistry with unfamiliar teammates with high stakes so it shouldn’t be read into too much. While it would’ve been good to see him flourish it was expected on draft day that he’d take two to three years before becoming a real threat to take a coveted roster spot in the Wild system so this development shouldn’t be a complete surprise.  Edric Joseph

 

December 2015 – Joel Eriksson Ek has managed to clinch a roster spot for Team Sweden in the Under-20 World Junior Championships. While he has quietly built on the success garnered last season in the Swedish Elite League, Eriksson Ek hasn’t broken out the way his pleasing training camp would’ve suggested. His pivoting the a powerplay unit along with the likes of Timashov, Kempe and of course the Nylanders among others will make for an intriguing time to see what the Wild prospect can do with a capable cast, ideal playing time and favorable deployment. It’ll also pique one’s curiosity to see how he’ll be affected to William Nyanders recent falling out of the lineup. Edric Joseph

 

July 2015 – Much to Minnesota’s delight, Joel Eriksson Ek has signed his entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild. He makes for a promising blend of skill, size and hockey sense that is still likely two to three years away from making the team though. Away from the NHL spotlight while still being challenged by men in the Swedish Elite League is likely what’s best for him at this juncture as he gets to play against men but in a less pressured hockey market. Edric Joseph

 

June 2015 – Of all the teams enamoured by Joel Eriksson Ek’s meteoric rise in draft stock, it ends up being the Minnesota Wild that couldn’t resist letting the enigmatic pivot drop any further down the first round. A complete unknown at the beginning of the previous season, Eriksson ended up ranked fourth among European skaters in the NHL central scouting’s final draft rankings and understandably so. He plays a 200-foot game, one that’s highlighted by his intelligent play in all three zones. He also shows a propensity to rise to the occasion with his tendency to score big goals in the clutch. While still being a wild card, Eriksson Ek could prove to be a player that will look like a terrific value pick in hindsight when this draft is looked back on in five years or so. Edric Joseph

 

June 2015 – Joel Eriksson Ek was selected 20th overall by the Minnesota Wild at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

June 2015 – Slated to be picked in the opening round at the 2015 draft, Joel Eriksson Ek has been rising draft rankings all season long. He’s a rangy competitive five-tool pivot who uses his size, smarts and skill to make a 200-foot impact. Eriksson Ek was the top scoring junior (U18) in Sweden’s top league (SHL) and his ability to score goals was prevalent after sniping 18 to lead all J20 SuperElit forwards. Armed with a big shot and creative vision, Eriksson Ek’s offensive abilities will be highly sought after because he owns coveted game-breaking talent. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Eriksson Ek is known as a goal scorer, but his overall game has come a long way. His ceiling is high as a potential top six scoring winger with big upside.

 

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