Joel Eriksson Ek
Joel Eriksson Ek
22-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.
Inks two-year deal
CMinnesota Wild
August 21, 2019
Eriksson Ek agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.975 million deal with Minnesota on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Eriksson Ek was limited to a mere 58 games last season due to injuries, but still managed to notch seven goals and seven helpers along the way. If he can stay healthy this year, the Swedish center should be in line for a top-six role, which figures to see him crest the 20-point mark for the first time in his career.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    0:00
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
  • 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
0:00
0:00
0:00
2016–17
10:37
0:06
0:10
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
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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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Qualified by Wild
CMinnesota Wild
June 25, 2019
Eriksson Ek received a qualifying offer from the Wild on Tuesday, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
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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.
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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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