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Wild signs Eriksson Ek to eight-year extension


Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League club has signed forward Joel Eriksson Ek to an eight-year, $42 million contract ($5.25 million AAV) that goes through the 2028-29 season.

Eriksson Ek, 24, recorded a career-high 30 points (19-11=30) in 56 games during the 2020-21 season. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, also set career highs in goals, plus/minus rating (+16) and in TOI/game (17:03).

He led the Wild in faceoffs won (395), ranked second in hits (105), third in goals and shots (119), fourth in plus/minus rating and fifth in scoring. The left-shot forward tallied a career-high seven-game point streak (4-3=7) from April 17-29, tied for the longest point streak by a Wild player last season.

He also recorded consecutive multi-point games for the first time in his career Jan. 20-22and was one of three players to skate in every game. Eriksson Ekranked T-1st on the Wild in playoff goals (2) and scoring (3) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games, including his first career playoff game-winning goal(OT) on May 16 at Vegas.

Eriksson Ek owns 96 points (43-53=96), nine GWG, 88PIM, 472 hits and 158 blocked shots in 266 career NHL contests during five seasons with Minnesota (2016-21). He has recorded five points (3-2=5)in 19career Stanley Cup Playoff matches.

Minnesota selected Eriksson Ek in the first round (20th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Published in Minnesota Hockey Sports

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