Joel Eriksson Ek
|Joel Eriksson Ek|
29 January 1997|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
20th overall, 2015|
Joel Eriksson Ek (last name sometimes stylized as Eriksson-Ek, born 29 January 1997) is a Swedish professional ice hockey center who currently plays for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 20th overall by the Wild in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Eriksson Ek's father Clas Eriksson played with Färjestad BK for 13 seasons.
During his rookie SHL season in 2014–15, Eriksson Ek was extended on a first team contract for a further three-years with Färjestad BK on 12 January 2015. He was seen as one of the top ten international skaters for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau before he was selected by the Wild in the first round.
On 13 July 2015, Eriksson Ek signed a three-year entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild. On 22 October 2016, Eriksson Ek made his NHL debut and scored his first goal. After compiling 5 points in his first 4 games, Eriksson Ek saw his ice-time diminish and in order to preserve his entry-level deal he was re-assigned back to Färjestad BK on 17 November 2016. During the 2017–18 NHL season, Eriksson Ek was called up to the NHL on 6 December 2017. After going 50 games without a goal, he broke his drought in a game against the New York Islanders on 19 February 2018.
On 21 August 2019, the Wild re-signed Eriksson Ek to a two-year, $2.975 million contract extension.
Eriksson Ek's comes from a hockey playing family as his father, Clas Eriksson, played with Färjestad BK for 13 seasons and his brother Olle was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Regular season and playoffs
- Wescott, Chris (18 June 2015). "2015 NHL Draft: Joel Eriksson Ek Profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
His father, Clas Eriksson, was a forward who played 13 seasons for Farjestads BK Karlstad in the SEL from 1990 to 2004. Clas is also an assistant coach in Farjestad.
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- Mcwilliam, Bryan (13 July 2015). "Wild sign Joel Eriksson Ek to entry-level contract". The Score. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- Mizutani, Dane (22 October 2016). "Wild: Joel Eriksson Ek scores in his NHL debut against New Jersey Devils". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- "Wild Assigns Joel Eriksson Ek to Färjestad BK". NHL.com. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- "Wild returns Eriksson-Ek to club in Sweden". Star Tribune. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- "Wild recalls forward Joel Eriksson Ek". NHL.com. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- Myers, Dan (19 February 2018). "Eriksson Ek 'happiest guy in the country' after snapping goal drought". NHL.com. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- "Eriksson Ek signs two-year contract with Wild". National Hockey League. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
- Shohara, Kyle (24 June 2017). "Ducks Select Eriksson Ek with 153rd Overall Selection in 2017 NHL Draft". NHL.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
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