Have the floodgates opened for Albin Eriksson?
The Swedish power forward, who was selected by the Dallas Stars in the 2nd round, 44th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft went the first 32 games of his time in the SHL without scoring a goal (he did, however, have a few assists in that span). There’s nothing wrong with that: the SHL is one of the best hockey leagues in the world, full of veteran pros and many players who have made appearances in the NHL.
Eriksson finally broke the streak last Tuesday... and then did it again. And again.
Not only did he score his first SHL goal in Skelleftea’s 3-2 win over Frolunda, he potted his second-ever league goal later in the very same game.
He wasn’t done there, though: he scored a goal and an assist in a 9-0 victory on Thursday, and then registered an assist and scored twice in the same shootout in a 4-3 victory on Saturday, including the deciding goal.
For a player who said he models his game after Patrik Laine, that’s not too shabby.
After his little three-game tear Eriksson is now up to 10 points in 18 games on the season (disclaimer: apparently the SHL counts shootout game-winning goals as part of a player’s total stats, which is why everywhere now lists him as having four goals on the season instead of just three. For the sake of consistency across sites, I’ll follow that lead for the prospect stats spreadsheet below). He has also deservedly moved up Skelleftea’s lineup, playing 12-13 minutes per game instead of the he six or seven he was logging before.
When the Stars drafted Eriksson this past June the team expressed how highly they thought of him, saying that he was much higher on their draft list than 44th overall. With combination of size, quickness and some nice goal-scoring instincts, it’s easy to see why. If weeks like the one he just put up become more of a rule than an exception then the Dallas scouting staff will certainly look pretty good with regards to that decision.
18-year-old Oskar Back picked up a goal and two helpers in two games for BIK Karlskoga. The two-way power center is now up to 10 points in 18 games.
Not all is well for Stars prospects playing over in Sweden, as 2016 3rd-rounder Fredrik Karlstrom appears to be struggling. He fell down the depth chart on his Linkoping team and his ice time all but disappeared last week. He was also loaned to his old AIK club in the Allsvenskan, where he suited up for one game. There’s nothing wrong with the Allsvenskan as a league, but it’s concerning that the 20-year-old Karlstrom started the season in the SHL but wasn’t able to hold down a roster spot.
North American Juniors
Two weeks after featuring Riley Damiani as the lead story in this weekly prospect feature the Kitchener Rangers forward hasn’t slowed down — in fact, the exact opposite has happened, as he just keeps picking up the scoring pace. He scored a whopping nine points (four goals, three of which came in a hat trick, and five assists) over his past three games. He’s becoming something of a powerplay specialist, as 15 of his 28 points have come with the man-advantage, which ties him for 3rd in the entire OHL in that regard.
Perhaps he’s getting bored of scoring goals, because Jason Robertson “only” scored one goal last week, while adding four assists. Speaking of powerplay points, Robertson currently leads the OHL with 17 of them.
Speaking of Robertson, big news broke today that he had been traded from Kingston to the Niagara IceDogs for a massive collection of picks and players. Kingston is not a contending team this season but Niagara is, so this move significantly boosts Robertson’s chances of going on a deep playoff run in the spring.
To Niagara: F Jason Robertson, D Jacob Paquette— Josh Brown (@BrownRecord) November 20, 2018
To Kingston: F Ian Martin, D Billy Constantinou, 4 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, 13th
Ty Dellandrea played two games last week, but suffered an injury in the second one after he was crushed by a dangerous hit, which caused him to miss Flint’s game on Sunday. I couldn’t find any information on the extent of the injury, but Dellandrea did skate himself off of the ice after the collision, so hopefully it’s not too serious.
Jermaine Loewen potted a pair of goals on Saturday night but was held off the score sheet on Sunday, bringing his season total to eight goals and 12 points in 15 games.
Joe Cecconi scored his first goal of the season and also recorded two assists over two weekend games, keeping his point-per-game pace alive.
Jake Oettinger picked up his third win of the season on Friday, stopping 36 of 38 shots in a 3-2 Boston University win, before giving up two on 24 shots in a 3-1 loss on Saturday.
The Texas Stars split a pair of games over the past week, falling 5-4 to the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday before topping the Rockford IceHogs 5-1 on Friday.
Joel L’Esperance scored a goal and two helpers, while Roope Hintz had two goals and one assist and Ben Gleason had two assists before both were called up to Dallas.
After some time down with the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL, goalie Colton Point and winger Tony Calderone were both recalled to Texas on Sunday.