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Big Swede’s production no Joak

Published Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 12:01 a.m. under 2010-11 RWC Reports
Joakim Andersson

Joakim Andersson (Credit: Sarah Lindenau)

Joakim Andersson is starting to put some points on the board after a slow start.

Andersson, who had just a single assist in his first 20 games in the AHL this season, enjoyed a seven-game late-December streak that saw him produce three goals and three assists with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Although Andersson will likely earn his paycheque at the NHL level for his checking ability and defensive prowess, it wasn’t the type of start expected of a player with 114 games experience in the Swedish Elite League.

But he’s back on course, showing the kind of stuff that had Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock making lofty predictions in training camp.

“The Andersson kid is going to play in the league,” Babcock told media after a couple of intra-squad sessions at training camp in Traverse City. “He’s big, he’s heavy, he knows how to play with and without the puck. They always said he couldn’t skate. I can’t tell that. He looks like a fine skater to me.”

Andersson has four goals and four assists and an even plus-minus in 36 games.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound center was drafted 88th overall in 2007 and will likely spend 2011-12 in the AHL, although he’ll fight for the Red Wings’ final spots with Jan Mursak, Tomas Tatar, Cory Emmerton and Ilari Filppula.

WJC UPDATE: Right-winger Mitchell Callahan has a goal and a plus-1 in five games for the U.S. heading into the bronze-medal game … Left-winger Andrej Nestrasil had a goal and two assists and was minus-5 in six games for the Czechs … Right-winger Teemu Pulkkinen had the best tournament of the three by leading the Finns with three goals and six assists for nine points in six games.

NOTES: Mursak and Tatar were the first forward call-ups to Detroit when injuries hit … Forward Landon Ferraro (Everett, WHL) and his lack of production are downright baffling. He’s on pace for just 10 goals at age 19, yet he buried 37 at age 17. The Red Wings already signed him to a three-year deal … Goalie Thomas McCollum is getting another ECHL stint with the Toledo Walley … Goalie Petr Mrazek (Ottawa, OHL) is second in the OHL in save percentage (.924) and tied for first in wins (19) … Defenseman Adam Almquist (HV-71, Swedish Elite League) had five assists in five games after being cut from the Swedish world junior team.

Following is this week’s statistical update for skaters and goaltenders:

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Nestrasil, Andrej P.E.I. QMJHL 29 13 23 36 14 -3 97
Fournier, Gleason Rimouski QMJHL 38 8 20 28 36 0 56
Aubry, Louis-Marc Montreal QMJHL 22 11 9 20 18 +10 70
Parkes, Trevor Montreal QMJHL 33 17 16 33 14 +12 119
Ferraro, Landon Everett WHL 31 5 11 16 36 -4
Callahan, Mitchell Kelowna WHL 33 15 18 33 62 +1
Macek, Brooks Tri-City WHL 35 8 14 22 24 -8
Stolyarov, Gennady Dynamo Msk KHL 14 2 2 4 11 -2 20
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN 32 10 19 29 10 +13 161
Almquist, Adam HV-71 SEL 34 0 11 11 18 +13
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL 30 9 9 18 4 +1
Axelsson, Dick Farjestad SEL 31 11 12 23 79 +7
Axelsson, Anton Timra SEL 28 5 8 13 4 -2
Samuelsson, Jesper Vita Hasten SWE-3 18 9 13 22 35
Smith, Brendan Grand Rapids AHL 36 8 14 22 65 +4 62
Mursak, Jan Grand Rapids AHL 33 10 13 23 29 +8 81
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL 35 9 20 29 29 +11 67
Pare, Francis Grand Rapids AHL 37 10 16 26 34 -12 119
Ehrhardt, Travis Grand Rapids AHL 21 3 7 10 20 +8 21
Pyett, Logan Grand Rapids AHL 31 4 4 8 22 -13 53
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL 36 4 4 8 16 0 52
Emmerton, Cory Grand Rapids AHL 25 6 13 19 16 +12 43
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL 17 0 4 4 6 -3 24
Kolosov, Sergei Grand Rapids AHL 30 0 0 0 29 -6 26
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL 15 0 2 2 11 +1 11
Owens, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 36 3 9 12 67 -6 48
Filppula, Ilari Grand Rapids AHL 34 13 14 27 10 0 58
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL 32 4 1 5 6 -1 41
Piche, Sebastien Grand Rapids AHL 4 0 1 1 4 +2 3
Piche, Sebastien Toledo ECHL 20 3 10 13 17 -9 75
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL 3 3 1 4 0 +2 15
Lashoff, Brian Toledo ECHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1 10
Nyquist, Gustav Maine NCAA 18 6 16 22 2 +2 72
Nicastro, Max Boston U. NCAA 19 1 2 3 31 -5 24
Oslund, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 13 1 0 1 0 -3 20
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 20 2 8 10 6 -7 28
Sheahan, Riley Notre Dame NCAA 18 0 7 7 8 -5 46
Rufenach, Bryan Clarkson NCAA 17 3 4 7 4 +3 47
Cayer, Julien Clarkson NCAA 8 0 2 2 14 +3 8
Marshall, Ben Omaha USHL 25 3 11 14 14 +18 60
NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 30 19 8 2 1 2.72 .924
Larsson, Daniel HV-71 SEL 31 2 2.17 .926
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 17 5 10 2 1 3.11 .884
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 8 3 4 1 1 4.13 .883
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 5 2 1 1 0 3.28 .892


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