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That’s two: Red Wings sign Calle Jarnkrok, have to sign Tomas Jurco by tomorrow (and afternoon news)
by George Malik on 05/30/12 at 03:40 PM ET
Updated 5x with afternoon news at 3:08 PM: Yesterday, the Red Wings signed Teemu Pulkkinen to an entry-level deal, and today, they’ve signed super-Swede Calle Jarnkrok to a similar deal:
RED WINGS SIGN JARNKROK TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
… Selected by Detroit in Second Round of 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Swedish Forward Skated with Franzen, Zetterberg, Ericsson and Kronwall at 2012 IIHF World Championships …
Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced that 20-year-old forward Calle Jarnkrok has been signed to a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, no further details regarding this deal will be disclosed.
Selected by Detroit in the second round (51st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Jarnkrok has spent the past three seasons with Brynas IF of the Swedish Elite League, totaling 76 points (31G-45A) in 132 games played. Jarnkrok registered 16 points (4G-12A) in 16 appearances during the 2012 SEL playoffs as Brynas IF captured the Le Mat Trophy as league champions. The 5’11”, 165-lb. center has also represented Sweden at multiple international events, including this year’s IIHF World Championships at which he recorded one assist and 10 shots on goal in eight games played as he skated alongside current Red Wings players Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Johan Franzen.
Update: the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff spoke to Wings assistant GM Jim Nill about both players via Twitter…
Asst GM Jim Nill’s take on newest #redwings Teemu Pulkkinen: “He’s a pure goal scorer. Got a great shot. Can really shoot the puck.”
More from Nill on Pulkkinen: “He’s kind of a cross between a Ray Whitney-Brett Hull kind of player.”
#redwings Nill on Jarnkrok: “I was over in November and saw him play in Finland (during Euro Hockey Tour) for the Swedish national team.”
More Nill on Jarnkrok: “He scored two goals against the best players playing in Russia, Finland and Czech Rep. He didn’t look out of place.”
More Nill on Jarnkrok: “He’s one of the top players in the Swedish Elite League.”
Nill on Jarnkrok: “ It’s all about the strength and the physical development. It seems like it’s all we ever talk about with these players.”
DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose confirms the signing...
Jarnkrok’s signing makes it five prospects – including centers Riley Sheahan and Louis-Marc Aubry, forward Teemu Pulkkinen and goalie Petr Mrazek – to enter the Wings’ fold from the 2010 draft. Sheahan made his NHL debut in the Wings’ regular-season finale in April.
Jarnkrok gained notoriety at this month’s World Championship in Stockholm by making the Swedish national team despite being just 20-years-old, which spoke volumes for his skill level.
“He’s a good young player and one of our top prospects,” said Jim Nill, the Wings’ assistant general manager. “He’s close to the NHL already.”
Playing along side NHL stars like current Wings Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericssson didn’t discourage Jarnkrok, who had an assist in the eight games. But he also finished second in the tourney by winning 67 percent of the face-offs that he took.
“It’s great for your development and great for your confidence,” Nill said. “Playing with a Zetterberg and Kronwall like he did only helps get you to know how close you are and how far away you are, too.”
The Wings selected Jarnkrok in the second round, 51st overall, in 2010. Jarnkrok just finished his third Elitserien season with Brynas where he’s collected a combined 31 goals and 45 assists in 132 games. He will play for Brynas next season, before he’s likely to become eligible to play in Grand Rapids for the 2013-14 campaign.
The Wings would like to get a closer look at Jarnkrok at training camp in the fall, Nill said, but the Swedish team first must grant Jarnkrok permission to attend the camp in Traverse City. Because he’s a European player under IIHF guidelines, he either has to make the Wings or be sent back to Brynas, and certainly with the Wings’ depth, there’s little chance Jarnkrok could crack Detroit’s roster.
MLive’s Ansar Khan also confirms the signing...
Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill called him one of the top players in the Swedish Elite League.
“He has great hockey sense, very tenacious, a lot of (Henrik) Zetterberg-type qualities,’’ Nill said. “He’s strong on the puck, never gives up on the puck.’‘
Jarnkrok, 20, earned a spot on Sweden’s World Championship team after finishing second in scoring for Brynas with 39 points (including 16 goals) in 50 games. He took his game to another level in the playoffs, picking up 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 16 games as Brynas won the SEL championship.
Nill said the right-handed shooting Jarnkrok needs to work on his skating and bulk up physically.
“It’s all about the strength and the physical development,’’ Nill said.
The Red Wings anticipate signing forward Tomas Jurco, their top pick in the 2011 draft, by Friday’s deadline.
As does the Free Press’s Helene St. James...
Jarnkrok, 20, played in eight games for Sweden at this month’s world championship, registering an assist. He also finished second in the tournament by winning 67% of his face-offs.
He just finished his third season with Brynas Gavle, where he has had 31 goals and 45 assists in 132 games. He will play for Brynas again next season, the Wings said.
Jarnkrok’s signing makes it five prospects—including Riley Sheahan, Louis-Marc Aubry and goalie Petr Mrazek – to have signed from the 2010 draft. Sheahan made his NHL debut in the Wings’ regular-season finale in April.
The last remaining unsigned 2010 draftees are forward Brooks Macek (sixth round, 171 overall) and defenseman Ben Marshall (seventh round, 201 overall).
The Wings won’t sign Macek, but they’ve got three more years of watching Marshall play for the University of Minnesota before they sign him, and he’s probably going to be inked given that he’s a supremely-skilled small defenseman…
And the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan confirms the signing as well:
he Red Wings signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Wednesday.
The signing comes one day after the Wings signed forward Teemu Pulkkinen to a similar deal. Like Pulkkinen, Jarnkrok likely will attend training camp in September with the Wings, but isn’t expected to make the roster. Both players have chances to make the Wings roster — or at least play in Grand Rapids — in 2013-14.
Jarnkrok, 20, was a second-round pick in 2010 by the Wings.
At 5-foot-11 and 174 pounds, Jarnkrok needs to gain strength in the estimation of Wings’ management. There’s little question about Jarnkrok’s skills. He had 16 goals and 39 points in 50 games for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League last season, then had 16 points (12 assists) in 16 playoff games.
Jarnkrok also represented Sweden in multiple international events, including the recent hockey world championships, in which he had one assist in eight games while playing alongside Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericcsson and Johan Franzen.
Update #2: This is completely unrelated to the Jarnkrok signing, but my search engine monkeys revealed that the Detroit Red Wings’ Alumni Association will be holding a “President’s Ball” at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board on July 8th, and Ticketmaster is selling tix at the rate of $150 per person or $250.
Here is the event’s description:
21+ with valid photo ID~
Doors open at 6:00pm~ Dinner 6:30pm-7:30pm ~ Auction 7:30pm-8:00pm
The event begins at 6:00pm with entertainment by Kraig 9House Band, at 8:00pm Brian Vander Ark from the Verve Pipe will perform. Comedian Dave Coulier takes the stage at 8:30pm followed by Kraig 9House Band to end the evening.
So it’s probably a fundraiser for Aaron Downey’s House9 charity.
• And Aftonbladet’s Peter Ohrling is reporting that Stockholm AIK may end up signing lapsed Wings prospect Dick Axelsson.
Update #4: Per Expressen’s Linus Hugosson on Twitter:
#redwings scout H Andersson: “I recommend Jarnkrok to stay another year in Sweden. That would be better for his development than the AHL.”
It Hakan want with iron hook is that he will train and play much next season. It may he Brynäs. # # nhlse twittpuck
AHL, then? I wonder. “No, we already know that Calle is tough and competes hard, but it is mainly the game with the puck that will be developed.” # nhlse
There was a rumor right now that Nicklas Lidstrom will announce his resignation from hockey tomorrow, but none of the mainstream media jumping on the bandwagon. # nhlse
It’s going to happen IF Lidstrom put in is to Redwings calling a press conference a few days before. No such call has expired.
The Wings would have already put out a cattle call press release stating that a major announcement was to be made tomorrow. That hasn’t happened.
Update #5: The Free Press’s Helene St. James is also weighing in on University of Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz:
Without going into a lot of boring stuff, Schultz de-registered from the University of Wisconsin (former home of Brendan Smith and Chris Chelios) last week, setting in motion a process whereby the Ducks have 30 days to sign him, trade his rights or lose him outright to the free-agent market. The Ducks have been trying to sign him all spring, so tick-tock, tick-tock, goes the clock on that endeavor.
If Schultz, the sort of puck-moving defenseman who makes general managers and coaches swoon, reaches the open market, it’s an understatement to say every team in the NHL will be interested, including, of course, the Detroit Red Wings, who are looking for help on defense and someone to take over for elite defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, regardless of whether he returns for one more season or retires.
Schultz, who wouldn’t be able to sign with anyone until July 1, turns 22 on July 6. He is considered NHL ready, a heady nod of his prowess given how tough a position defenseman is in the NHL. He’s spent the past three years maturing at Wisconsin, where he has averaged about a point a game in each of the last two seasons. He’s a headsy young player who’s adept at jumping into the offense or making the sort of smart outlet passes upon which offenses thrive. Especially offenses like Detroit’s.
The Wings have the salary cap space to give Schultz the winning-lottery-ticket kind of money he’s sure to seek. They can sell him on joining the only NHL team that has made the playoffs 21 straight seasons. They can offer him the chance to play with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Maybe they even get to offer him the chance to come learn from Lidstrom for a year—how fantastic would that be?
Reports out of Nashville have the Predators firing up talks with Suter this week, but they also want to re-sign their captain and Norris Trophy finalist, Shea Weber. Maybe they get both done, maybe they don’t. Like a lot of teams, the Wings have their eye on Suter, a 27-year-old already established among the NHL’s best blue-liners. The Ducks are hoping to keep Schultz, of course, and they can trade his rights if they don’t think that will happen. But given Schultz’s decision to trigger the process to become a free agent, he’s got nothing to lose by hitting the market. He and his know there’ll be plenty of suitors—and that group will include the Wings.
Update #5: And if you’re interested, from the Wings:
RED WINGS EXPERIENCE TO APPEAR AT CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX THIS WEEKEND
… Event Patrons to Enjoy Hockey-Themed Games and Receive DRW Giveaway Items …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings Experience will be a part of the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix when the event makes its much-anticipated return to the Motor City after a four-year hiatus this weekend. Set to be stationed at the Meijer Family Fun Zone, the Red Wings’ mobile entertainment complex will allow visitors the opportunity to test their hockey skills via interactive games such as the Top Shot Challenge while also trying out the latest edition of EA Sports’ popular NHL franchise at the Experience’s video game center.
Members of the Volunteer Energy Red Patrol will also be on hand at the Detroit River ’s island park this weekend, distributing various giveaway items to event patrons. Furthermore, a miniature ball hockey rink will be erected and enter-to-win raffles will be held for Red Wings tickets, apparel and memorabilia.
Beginning with PNC Bank Free Prix Day on Friday, June 1 (8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.), and wrapping up with the IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday, June 3 (3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.), the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will feature a wide variety of activities in addition to the Firestone Indy Lights Race (Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.), the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers (Saturday, 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers (Saturday, 5:05 p.m. – 7:05 p.m.) and the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix presented by http://shopautoweek.com (Sunday, 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.). More information on this multi-faceted event, including ticket info, can be obtained by visiting http://www.DetroitGP.com.
Update #6: Hockey’s Future’s rattling off its organizational rankings list for the spring/summer, and the Wings will not rank in the middle…They’re going to crack the top 10 soon!
Also, from the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:
The Wings have signed their second-round pick in the 2010 entry draft, center Calle Jarnkrok, to a three-year entry-level contract.
Jarnkrok, who was taken with 51st overall pick, will be at training camp in Traverse City.
“He has great hockey sense and is very tenacious,” Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “He has a lot of Henrik Zetterberg-type qualities. He’s strong on the puck, never gives up on the puck.”
Detroit also anticipates signing Tomas Jurco, their top pick in the 2011 draft, by Friday’s deadline.
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