2008-09: Calle Jarnkrok spent most of this season with Brynas’ J20 squad. In 41 games for the SuperElit club, Jarnkrok scored 8 goals and picked up 18 assists for 26 points. He also picked up 37 penalty minutes in those games. In 7 playoff games for Brynas, Jarnkrok scored 4 goals and added 3 assists for 7 points. Jarnkrok was a part of Sweden’s 2009 U-18 World Junior Championship team. He scored 2 goals and added 7 assists for 9 points in 6 tournament games.
2009-10: Split time between the Brynas J20 and Elitserian clubs. In 19 games at the J20 level, Jarnkrok scored 11 goals and added 20 assists for 31 points. He picked up 1 more assist in 2 playoff games for this squad. At the Elitserian level, Jarnkrok scored 4 goals and added 6 assists for 10 points in 33 games. In 5 playoff games, Jarnkrok picked up 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points. Jarnkrok was chosen in the second round, 51st overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.
2010-11: Jarnkrok spent the entire season on Elitserien’s Brynas team, posting 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in 49 games. He also went on to score 3 goals in 3 post-season games before going down with a shoulder injury. Had an impressive campaign for Sweden at the WJC, where he posted 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points over 6 games.
2011-12: Jarnkrok was the second-leading scorer for Brynas in Sweden’s Elitserien as a 20-year-old and was played for Sweden in the 2012 IIHF World Championship. He scored 16 goals with 23 assists and was minus-three with 22 penalty minutes in 51 games; averaging almost 16 minutes of ice time per game. Brynas, after finishing fourth in the regular season, captured the Elitserien playoff championship. Jarnkrok scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was plus-12 with 12 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games. In eight games at the World Championships he had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus as Sweden finish sixth.
2012-13: Jarnkrok made his North American pro hockey debut in April following his fourth season with Brynas in Sweden’s Eiltserien — skating in nine games with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids — before returning to Sweden to play in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He had 3 assists and was + 3 with the Calder Cup champion Griffins but did not skate in the playoffs. Jarnkrok was Brynas’ leading scorer with 13 goals and a team-high 29 assists in 53 games and was -2 with 12 penalty minutes. Brynas finished eighth, capturing the last playoff spot, being swept by champion Skelleftea in the first round. Jarnkrok was -3 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in the four-game series. In ten games for Sweden at the World Championship he had 1 assist and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes. Sweden defeated Switzerland, 5-1, to capture the gold medal.
2013-14: Jarnkrok was obtained by Nashville from Detroit in March as part of the David Legwand trade, He made his NHL debut with the Predators and provided an instant jolt of offense — scoring two goals with seven assists in 12 games as Nashville came up three points short in its bid for a playoff spot. He spent most of the season in the AHL, skating in 57 games for Red Wings’ affiliate Grand Rapids and joining Milwaukee following the trade. Jarnkrok played for Sweden in the 2014 IIHF World Championship. He scored 18 goals with 27 assists and was plus-26 with 14 penalty minutes in 63 AHL regular season games between the two clubs. Jarnkrok skated in all three playoff games in the Admirals first round series with Toronto and scored 1 goal with 1 assist. In ten games with Team Sweden in Belarus he was plus-three with no points and four penalty minutes.
Jarnkrok’s most obvious positive is his very good puck control, as he shows an ability to hang on for extended periods of time. He projects as a playmaker, as he is more apt to setting up plays than finishing them. Jarnkrok also boasts high-end skating ability and he possesses a great deal of hockey sense.
Jarnkrok provided a late season boost to a Nashville offense that struggled to score goals. He will be challenged this coming year to prove that he is capable of that type of production for an entire season. The Predators have emphasized adding more offense both through trades and the draft in the past few seasons and Jarnkrok is one of those young players being counted on moving forward.