Jonathan Ericsson played 2001-02 with Hästen in the 2nd junior league in Sweden. He started the year as forward but due to injuries on the team he was forced to play as a defenseman. In his first game on defense, Red Wings scout Håkan Andersson was at the game and was impressed.
2004-05: Ericsson was shuttled around. He’s bounced between leagues in Sweden, and between positions. The 6’5 defenseman has played fourth line center during several elite-league stints.
2007-08: In his second season with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), the towering D-man appeared in a season-high 69 games. Ericsson netted 10 goals and added another 24 assists for a 34 point total on the season.
Ericsson’s potential lies in his size. He has some skating ability and some puck moving ability. But he needs to put bulk on that big frame and develop a mean streak.
He has the size, mobility and puck skills to be a No. 4-6 defenseman.