The Wild recalled Eriksson Ek from AHL Iowa on Tuesday. Eriksson Ek has been on a roll since being sent to the minors on Dec. 27, racking up four goals and six points in five appearances. Eric Fehr is currently dealing with an undisclosed injury, so Eriksson Ek may draw into the big club's lineup immediately against the Bruins on Tuesday.
Eriksson Ek will be shipped back to AHL Iowa following the end of the roster freeze, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. Eriksson Ek spent the Wild's last game watching from the press box, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him heading back to the minors. The center is bogged down in a 16-game goal drought during which he has tallied a mere two assists. With Mathew Dumba (pectoral) out long term, Minnesota will likely use the roster spot vacated by Eriksson Ek to bring in another defenseman.
Eriksson Ek saw just 10:20 of ice time Thursday night, failing to find the scoresheet in a 2-0 loss to Calgary. Eriksson Ek continues to struggle on the offensive side of things with just a goal and four points in 21 games this season. Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau has gone on record praising the young Swedish forward for his defensive work, but the 21-year-old offers very little at the other end, which makes him an extremely risky option in fantasy.
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.
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