Eriksson Ek will be a healthy scratch when the Wild face the Sabres on Saturday, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. This news was relayed to Murphy by Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "Just a reset," said the bench boss. "It's a bit of take notice. He plays hard every night. He does all the things you want to do defensively. We just need a little bit more." Eriksson Ek only has two points in 13 games this season, but it's at least good to know that he's not in the doghouse.
Eriksson Ek scored his first goal of the year in Sunday's 3-2 win over St. Louis. Eriksson Ek had been held scoreless in his first nine games of the season, but in his last two he's tallied an assist and a goal. The 21-year-old Swede had just 16 points in 75 games during the 2017-18 campaign, so he shouldn't be on the radar in most fantasy formats.
Eriksson Ek returned from an upper-body injury Saturday, recording two empty shots on goal and a hit over 10:27 of ice time in a 3-2 home win over the Avalanche. It could take a little while for Eriksson Ek to get reacclimated considering he missed the previous six games with his injury. Known for his great hands and a scoring touch that had been on full display with Farjestads BK Karlstad in his home country before turning pro in 2016-17, Eriksson Ek is worth keeping tabs on, even though his transition to North American hockey hasn't gone as seamlessly as one would expect from a first-round pick -- Minnesota drafted the center 20th overall in 2015.
Eriksson Ek (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve for Saturday's home game against the Avalanche. After missing six straight games, Eriksson Ek is shaping up to assume third-line duty with Charlie Coyle and Matt Read. The versatile forward is a true scoring threat at even strength, but he's not an option for the man advantage which really limits his fantasy value.
Eriksson Ek (upper body) joined the Wild for Wednesday's practice sesson, but will need "to wait for the doctors to tell me he's good to go," according to coach Bruce Boudreau. Eriksson Ek was sporting a non-contact sweater at practice, so it's unclear when he might be given the green light to start absorbing contact, much less suit up in a game. In the meantime, Eric Fehr and Matt Read figure to continue deputizing in the youngster's stead.
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