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by George Malik on 03/24/13 at 09:26 PM ET
Updated 3x at 10:15 PM: Holland tells Khan that Jarnkrok's ineligible to play in the NHL: Four days ago, Hakan Andersson told Aftonbladet that Calle Jarnkrok would visit Detroit during next weekend's games against Chicago and Anaheim, but plans have changed.
According to Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels, Calle Jarnkrok is flying to Detroit tonight, and he will join the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday. He's not coming to Detroit for a look-see next weekend--he's coming over to play.
I'd imagine that the Wings will release Jarnkrok to Sweden for the World Championships in April as they take place in Stockholm and Helsinki this year, with the finals to be held in Stockholm, but it's great to hear that he's coming over to do more than take the customary rink tour.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms both storylines:
Center Calle Jarnkrok, one of the Detroit Red Wings' top prospects, will arrive from Sweden on Monday and be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Jarnkrok will play nine games for Grand Rapids and then return to Sweden.
The Free Press's Helene St. James is also confirming:
Update #3: MLive's Ansar Khan added more to his story:
Holland said he asked NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly if the Red Wings could bring Jarnkrok to North America now that his team, Brynas, is eliminated from the playoffs. Daly spoke to the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation and and was told any player on the first year of an NHL entry-level contract who played in Europe this season would be allowed to come over and play in the AHL only. But, the player must return to his Swedish club by April 15 to play in tournament games and get ready for the World Championship.
“Next year, the plan is he'll come to North America and compete for a job in Detroit,'' Holland said. “This is an opportunity for him to experience North American hockey for 2½ weeks.''
Detroit selected Jarnkrok in the second round of the 2010 entry draft (51st overall). The skilled, playmaking center has been compared in style to Henrik Zetterberg.
“He's a very good prospect,'' Holland said. “He's just got to get stronger. He's competitive, both offensively and defensively. He has good hands, hockey sense.''
The 6-foot, 176-pound Jarnkrok had 13 goals and 29 assists in 53 games for Brynas of the Swedish Elite League this season. His team was eliminated in the playoffs, when Jarnkrok had no points in four games.
“It's important that he gets on the (strength and conditioning) program this summer that other players are on,'' Holland said. “He needs to work hard in the summer and come to camp a few pounds heavier and a little stronger.''
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