The Minnesota Wild have recalled Joel Eriksson Ek prior to tonight’s game against New Jersey. To make room, the team sent Mike Reilly to Iowa. Reilly was just recalled on Thursday after bouncing up and down over the first few days of the season. The young defender looks to be ticketed for a season full of flights between the two clubs.
Eriksson Ek was the Wild’s first round pick (20th overall) just two years ago, and is set to make his NHL debut after just a single professional game in North America. The forward has spent the last two seasons in the Swedish Elite League, playing for Farjestad.
Though he hasn’t turned in eye-popping numbers thus far in his career, the 19-year old center possesses a laser fast shot and is expected to develop into a solid offensive contributor. With the Wild already 3-1-0 in four games, the injection of youth should keep the train rolling along.