A relative unknown to many fans of North American hockey, Joacim Eriksson has been developing his game quietly in Sweden. In 2006-07, Eriksson played for the Swedish U17 team internationally recording a 1.25 GAA and .961 save percentage. In 2007-08 Eriksson continued his development with Brynas IF in Sweden.
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.
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: Drafted in 2008 but never signed by the Flyers, Eriksson put up big numbers playing for the top team in Sweden’s Elitserien and was unbeaten in 10 playoff games; signing a two-year entry-level free agent contract with Vancouver in June of 2013. 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.
Ranked as the second best goaltender born 1990 in Sweden, after the more hyped Jacob Markström. A skilled goaltender with decent size, quick reflexes and good mental strength.
Eriksson is a classic butterfly goaltender with good size and respectable lateral mobility.
Eriksson will be battling with Eddie Lack this season for the backup position to Roberto Luongo. If Eriksson is unable to secure that role, he will play for the Utica Comets, most likely as the starter.