2003-04: Åkerlund was expected to become HV 71’s next star goalie and had a strong season. He was a starter in the juniors and arguably the best goalie in the league. Åkerlund also represented Sweden at the U18 World Junior Championships as well as at the U20 World Junior Championships.
2006-07: The Hurricanes brass is excited about this Swedish netminder one day coming to North America, but in the meantime, Akerlund continues to progress in fits and starts in Europe. He finally made it back to the Swedish Elite League, appearing in a total of 11 games for HV71 Jonkoping after last dressing for the SEL team for three games in 2004-05. That was after Akerlund began the year with Division 1 team Skovde IK, where he played the bulk of the season. There he had 32 appearances, a 2.08 goals against average, and a .927 save percentage. The right-handed catching goalie is currently the backup for HV71 and has, by all accounts, played well when called on during his team’s championship run.
2007-08: Akerlund split his time between Sundsvall in the Swedish second league (five games played, 3.15 goals against average and .903 save percentage) and Timrå of the SEL (nine games, 2.93 GAA and .882 save percentage).
Being of good size one of Åkerlund’s strengths is to cover net. He makes himself look big in goal and shooters have difficulties finding openings. The fact that he catches right is an advantage simply because opponents are more used to facing goalies that use their left hand. Åkerlund has quick reflexes and is very agile considering his large frame.