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by George Malik on 03/20/13 at 10:56 AM ET
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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