Joel Eriksson Ek
Joel Eriksson Ek
23-Year-Old CenterC
Minnesota Wild
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 20th-overall pick from 2015 didn't play produce much last year, putting up seven goals and 14 points in 59 games, but he still showed the two-way game that makes him the future up the middle for the Wild. Eriksson Ek is a smooth skater, and if he continues to develop his vision and passing skills, he should become an effective distributor on a roster that maintains a solid set of scoring wingers on the roster. As of now, the Swede still sits behind veterans Mikko Koivu and Eric Staal -- who are 36 and 34, respectively -- on the depth chart, but he could creep his way into the top-six sooner rather than later. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.975 million contract with the Wild in August of 2019.
Opening goal proves decisive
CMinnesota Wild
February 11, 2020
Eriksson Ek scored a power-play goal on two shots Tuesday in a 4-0 win over Vegas.
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Eriksson Ek followed his own rebound and opened the scoring five-and-a-half-minutes into the game, potting his seventh goal of the year. He's now lit the lamp three times over the last three games with a pair of game-winners. The 23-year-old has produced 24 points in 49 games on the season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:38
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:58
 
Ice Time
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2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
12:47
0:07
1:05
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
13:30
0:10
1:22
2019–20
15:38
0:05
1:58
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Leads comeback with two goals
CMinnesota Wild
February 7, 2020
Eriksson Ek scored twice on three shots and added two PIM in Friday's 3-2 win over the Stars.
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Registers pair of helpers
CMinnesota Wild
January 20, 2020
Eriksson Ek posted two assists and two shots on goal in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Panthers.
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First goal since Christmas
CMinnesota Wild
January 16, 2020
Eriksson Ek scored a goal on his lone shot of the game in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Lightning.
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Strong skating continues
CMinnesota Wild
January 15, 2020
Eriksson Ek collected an assist and two hits while skating 15:39 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to the Penguins.
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Points in five of last six games
CMinnesota Wild
January 5, 2020
Eriksson Ek managed an assist in Sunday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Flames.
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