Joacim Eriksson
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Joacim Eriksson

Hometown:

Gavle Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1990-04-09

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2008

Catches:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent singing, 2013

Weight:

189 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2006-07: Eriksson played for the Swedish U17 team internationally recording a 1.25 GAA and .961 save percentage.

2007-08: Eriksson moved around the Swedish Elite League this season, playing for two different clubs. He started the year with Brynas IF Gavle U18 (SWE-U18), appearing in nine games where we racked up two shutouts and a 2.31 goals against average. He then moved up to the Brynas IF junior squad, where he played 16 games and finished with a 3.31 goals against average. He was then moved to VALBO HC (SWE-3) where he appeared in two games. He also appeared in two games for Sweden in the U18 World Championships this year where he had a goals-against average of 3.00 and save percentage of .906. Eriksson was drafted by Philadelphia in the seventh round (196th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft. 

2008-09: Continuing his role with Brynas junior squad, Eriksson would start in 33 games, posting an outstanding .930 Save Percentage and 1.99 GAA. He would also suit up in three games with Sweden at the World Juniors, with a .918 save percentage and GAA. His season would come with awards aplenty earning the best goals-against average and Save % titles, as well as backstopping his team to a championship.

2009-10: Eriksson made the jump up to the SEL, playing a significant role with Leksand, continuing his dominating play in net. In 38 games, Eriksson would continue to show his critics just how good he was, posting a 2.40 goals-against average and .926 save percentage, before again jumping across the pond for the World Juniors. With Sweden, he would put up a 2.50 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in two starts.

2010-11: Eriksson spent most of the season with Skelleftea in the SEL, appearing in 17 games for that club. In those appearances, he posted a 2.56 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

2011-12: Eriksson experienced a bit of breakthrough season as the established starter for Skelleftea of the SEL. In 33 games, he posted a stingy 1.73 goals-against average and a gaudy .935 save percentage. In 19 postseason games for that club, Eriksson turned in a 2.20 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in a run to the SEL championship series where Skelleftea lost to Brynas IF in six games.

2012-13: Eriksson put up big numbers playing for the top team in Sweden’s Elitserien, Skelleftea, and was unbeaten in 10 playoff games. Ericksson shared the goaltending duties with veteran Markus Svensson during the regular season. He was 21-9 in 30 games with 5 shutouts and had a 1.70 goals against and .930 save percentage. Skelleftea had the league’s best record and won 12 of 13 playoff games to capture the Swedish championship. Eriksson was 10-0 in the playoffs with 3 shutouts and had a 1.06 goals against and .952 save percentage. Drafted in 2008 but never signed by the Flyers, he signed a two-year entry-level free agent contract with Vancouver in June 2013.

2013-14: Eriksson made his NHL debut with the Canucks in a January 16th game against Anaheim, allowing six goals on 31 shots in 36 minutes in relief of starter Eddie Lack in a 9-1 loss to the Ducks; his only NHL appearance to date. Eriksson was a workhorse for Vancouver AHL affiliate Utica in his first season in North America. In 52 games he was 24-24-2 with five shutouts and had a 2.61 goals against and .911 save percentage. Utica finished third in the North Division, four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Talent Analysis

Eriksson is a skilled goaltender with decent size, quick reflexes and good mental strength. He is a classic butterfly goaltender with good size and respectable lateral mobility.

Future

Eriksson attended his second training camp with Vancouver before being assigned to AHL affiliate Utica at the start of the 2014-15 season. Splitting the goaltending for the Comets with former Panthers' prospect Jacob Markstrom, the two Swedish goaltenders have given Utica a chance to win on a nightly basis as the team is leading the North Division. With Ryan Miller in Vancouver and Eddie Lack and Markstrom also in the Vancouver pipeline Eriksson faces a tall task in securing a spot with the Canucks. His play the past two seasons suggest he can compete at the NHL level one day if given an opportunity.

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