Wild assign Eriksson Ek to Swedish Elite League

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

The Minnesota Wild on Thursday assigned rookie forward Joel Eriksson Ek to Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League.

Eriksson Ek, the Wild's first-round pick (No. 20 overall) in the 2015, draft, Eriksson Ek, recorded two goals and five points, a plus-2 rating and averaged 10:07 in TOI/game in nine games with Minnesota this season. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, became the seventh player in Wild history to score a goal in his NHL debut on Oct. 22 at New Jersey and tied a rookie franchise record with three assists and a plus-3 rating on Oct. 25 at Boston.

However, Eriksson Ek was a healthy scratch for the second straight game Tuesday and has been held without a point in his last five games. Playing in one more game would have put Eriksson Ek over the nine-game maximum that allows teams to give rookies a trial run in the NHL without burning a year of his entry-level contract.