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Joel Eriksson Ek
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Born 29 January 1997 (1997-01-29) (age 22)
Karlstad, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Färjestad BK
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2015
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2014–present

Joel Eriksson Ek (born on January 29, 1997) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre 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.

Playing CareerEdit

During his rookie SHL season in the 2014–15 season, Joel was extended on a first team contract for a further three-years with Färjestad BK on January 12, 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 July 13, 2015, Joel signed a three-year entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild. On October 22, 2016, he made his NHL debut and scored his first goal.

After compiling 5 points in his first 4 games, Joel saw his ice-time diminish and in order to preserve his entry-level deal, he was re-assigned back to Färjestad BK on November 17, 2016.

During the 2017–18 NHL season, Joel was called up to the NHL on December 6, 2017. After going 50 games without a goal, he broke his drought in a game against the New York Islanders on February 19, 2018.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Färjestad BK J20 13 2 2 4 4 4 1 1 2 2
2014–15 Färjestad BK J20 25 21 11 32 20 6 5 5 10 6
2014–15 Färjestad BK SHL 34 4 2 6 4 3 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Färjestad BK SHL 41 9 6 15 18 4 1 0 1 2
2016–17 Iowa Wild AHL 1 1 0 1 0
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 15 3 4 7 4 3 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Färjestad BK SHL 26 8 8 16 12 7 3 3 6 0
2017–18 Minnesota Wild NHL 75 6 10 16 22 5 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Iowa Wild AHL 8 3 5 8 8
2018–19 Minnesota Wild NHL 58 7 7 14 20
2018–19 Iowa Wild AHL 9 4 5 9 8
SHL totals 101 21 16 37 34 14 4 3 7 4
NHL totals 148 16 21 37 46 8 0 1 1 0
Medal record
Competitor for Template:SWE
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2017 Germany/France

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Sweden U17 6th 5 1 0 1 0
2014 Sweden IH18 4th 5 3 1 4 0
2015 Sweden WJC18 8th 5 5 1 6 2
2017 Sweden WJC 4th 7 6 3 9 4
2017 Sweden WC Template:Goca 10 1 2 3 4
Junior totals 22 15 5 20 6
Senior totals 10 1 2 3 4

Personal LifeEdit

Joel's father, Clas played with Färjestad BK for 13 seasons. His brother Olle was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and currently plays for Farjestads BK Karlstad in the SweHL.

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