Young Wild Tracker: Eriksson Ek heating up
With signees and draft picks spread out across two continents and more than a dozen junior leagues, keeping up with the Minnesota Wild’s various prospects can be a daunting task.
From managing streaming plans and tracking down cable channels, to learning a few new languages (Puhutko suomea?), keeping tabs on the next generation can be a full-time job.
FOX Sports North has you covered.
From Finland to Fargo, we’re breaking down the stats and bringing you a comprehensive look at the Wild’s prospect pipeline each and every week.
So, let’s take a look at the week that was in the latest edition of the Young Wild Tracker.
Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestads (SHL)
Eriksson Ek had a busy week in the SHL, racking up two goals and an assist in four games. He fired home a one-timer while camped out in front of the net in Farjestad’s 5-4 loss to Rogle on Friday and followed it up with another goal in their 2-0 win over Djurgarden on Tuesday. Eriksson Ek fanned on a breakaway in the first period despite a nifty deke, before scoring on another one-timer in the second period. Keep an eye out for a pair of familiar faces in the second clip. Former Minnesota Duluth star Jack Connolly nearly scores from the slot at 1:56, then picks up assists at 2:37 and 3:04, and Gophers alum Taylor Matson scores on a breakaway for Rogle at the 2:22 mark.
Jordan Greenway, LW, Boston University (Hockey East)
The full impact of his game doesn’t usually show up on the scoresheet, but Greenway had quite the weekend for the Terriers in their tie and win against New Hampshire last weekend. He scored a pretty nonchalant goal to get BU on the board Friday, snapping the puck past Wildcats goalie Daniel Tirone after camping out uncovered in the left circle. He was in front of the net once again on the Terriers third goal, screening Tirone as Charlie McAvoy flung a seemingly harmless shot in from the blue line. His pass from below the goal line with less than five minutes to go set up BU’s game-tying goal. He was at it again on Saturday, terrorizing Tirone and picking up a secondary assist in an 8-4 win for the Terriers.
Luke Kunin, C, Wisconsin (Big Ten)
It was the Trent Frederic show in Madison last weekend, but the Badgers’ captain benefited from his linemate’s scoring surge. Kunin had two primary assists on Friday, setting up Cameron Hughes’ goal in the second and Frederic’s game-winner in the third. He assisted on both of Frederic’s goals Saturday, firing a quick shot on goal that Frederic eventually hammered home just eight seconds into the game (a Badgers record).