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Red Wings will bring prospect Calle Jarnkrok to Detroit to visit, not play

Red Wings prospect Calle Jarnkrok's Swedish team, Brynas IF, won't repeat as Swedish Eliteserien champions. They were ingloriously swept from the playoffs by Skelleftea AIK on Monday, leaving Jarnkrok's future up in the air.

The Wings signed him a year ago, but chose to loan him to Brynas for the Eliteserien season, and the Swedish-language newspapers have assumed that he's heading to Detroit next season...But the Wings have tended to assign players graduating to the AHL or NHL level the following season to the AHL's Grand Rapids Grifins.

According to Aftonbladet's Hans Abrahamsson and PEO Larsson report that the Wings will bring Jarnkrok to Detroit sooner than later, but he's only coming over to visit for now. Roughly translated from Swedish:

Jarnkrok heading to Detroit--already

Going to visit his ew team--but not play in the NHL: "I think Calle wants to play in the World Championship"

Eliminated from the playoffs.

And soon, Brynas center Calle Jarnkrok will go to Detroit.

"He'll be here for five or six days, see two games and meet the guys," says Detroit's European scout, Hakan Andersson.

Jarnkrok, 21, signed with Detroit last summer, but was loaned to Brynas for 2012-2013.

Now Brynas is out after being swept by Skelleftea, ruling out another Swedish Eliteserien final.

And Jarnkrok's already heading to Detroit to familiarize himself with his new place of employment.

"If nothing unexpected pops up, Calle will go to Detroit next Friday. He'll be there for five or six days, will meet the guys and maybe do some practicing. Since we have two home games on that weekend, against Chicago and [Colorado], so then he can also have the opportunity to see some games," says Detroit's European scout, Hakan Andersson

Does he fit in the World Championship team?

He won't play  any games with Detroit this season, however.

"No, that's set in stone, and it's never really been a problem. I think Calle is eager to play at the World Championship at home, and will probably work very hard to do so," says Andersson.

Brynas' GM, Michael Sundlov, is subtracting the center from Brynas's fall lineup.

"We expect Calle to play in Detroit next autumn," he's previously said.

The only thing that can save Jarnkrok for another year is if the Red Wings don't believe that Jarnkrok, who will take part in a training camp this summer, is ready to play in the NHL.

Jarnkrok registered 42 points in 53 games in the Eliteserien, but went scoreless in the playoffs.

The Wings have treaded very lightly with Jarnkrok and Teemu Pulkkinen, suggesting that neither player will head over to North America until they're NHL-ready, but with a glut of forwards in the system who have earned promotions to next year's team in Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson, I'm not sure if there's room in the NHL for either player.

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OnlyWings's avatar

Another classy move by the Wings.  Sure would be fun to see him practising with the team once or twice.

I hope he plays with GR next year.  Some potentially good prospects on the horizon.

Goalies and forwards seem to be the strength right now.

Wings are a team that usually takes the best player in the draft, hopefully there is a Big RH Skilled D Man at their pick in July!!!

Posted by OnlyWings on 03/20/13 at 12:12 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Ryan Sproul may make you very happy in the defensive department. He’s 6’3,” 210+ pounds, has a rocket of a shot, skates well, is physical and happens to shoot right-handed. He’ll turn pro with GR next season.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/20/13 at 12:23 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Jarnkrok has been listed anywhere from 5’6” and 6’ and 156 pounds to 185 pound.

Any idea of what is most recent or accurate?

Posted by TheFreak on 03/20/13 at 12:52 PM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Yes, I think the next few are going to be fun for Wings and fans watching prospects step up.  Maybe a tad longer on D, IMO.  The depth of prospects will give the Wings time to let them develop.  Opposed to the Oilers young guns (who are very skilled) being thrown into the fire and physically not ready.

GR fans will be watching some very good hockey as the prospects develop.

It just amazes me how these 19/20 yr olds get to 6’3” 210+ lbs with speed and skill.

This year as tough as it has been has been a revelation for Lash, Andersson, Tatar and others that may never have happened in a “Normal” season.  A few teams have found AHL players that can play better in the NHL than AHL (Lashoff). Odd as it sounds it does happen!

Posted by OnlyWings on 03/20/13 at 12:56 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Jarnkrok’s about 5’10” or 5’11” and around 170 now. The Wings’ biggest concern involves the fact that he’s so skinny that he’s had a hard time putting on weight and gaining core strength. In Europe, many strength trainers haven’t gotten the memo that hockey players need to build core strength, not big, rippling shoulder muscles, which complicates the situation.

Prospect-wise, the Wings got a youth movement shoved down their throats, but it’s been a good thing, and the fact that the Wings have very consciously decided to draft bigger, stronger players is going to become more evident down the line.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/20/13 at 01:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Ryan Sproul may make you very happy in the defensive department. He’s 6’3,” 210+ pounds, has a rocket of a shot, skates well, is physical and happens to shoot right-handed. He’ll turn pro with GR next season.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/20/13 at 12:23 PM ET

I’m giddier than a schoolgirl.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/20/13 at 01:14 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Wings are a team that usually takes the best player in the draft, hopefully there is a Big RH Skilled D Man at their pick in July!!!

Yeah, but after the requisite 8 years in Grand Rapids we won’t have a use for him anymore. smile

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/20/13 at 01:36 PM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Yeah, but after the requisite 8 years in Grand Rapids we won’t have a use for him anymore.

Smith made the jump in a short time. I sure don’t want to kill our prospects as the Oilers are.  RNH, Hall, just not strong enough to play with the Big Boys yet.

Sproule has the body and probably is somewhat like Smith as a prospect. Will see I guess. Prospect depth is a strong point with Wings. Great drafting, unsigned FAs, Camp invites..

Posted by OnlyWings on 03/20/13 at 01:45 PM ET

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According to Hockeyligan’s website Calle is about 180 now.

Posted by Sandra from Trollhättan, Sweden on 03/20/13 at 02:10 PM ET

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