If early returns are any indication, the Detroit Red Wings’ third-round selection of Mattias Janmark is looking like a good one.
As an older draft pick — taken 79th overall in July after being completely passed over in 2012 — Jankmark leads the Swedish Hockey League in scoring with eight goals, while his 11 points tie him for sixth.
Janmark, who is his second full season with AIK and will turn 21 in December, was a high scorer at the 20 SuperElit level in 2011-12 before posting breakout numbers last season with 31 points in 55 games last season.
Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson raved about Janmark’s skill and intensity after the draft.
“I like what he can do with the puck, but that goes along with the fact that he plays with intensity all the time,” Andersson said. “Those two things, that he’s good with the puck and plays with good intensity — that’s what I like.”
The 6-foot-1 189-pounder can play both center and wing but ranks just sixth on AIK in faceoffs taken. He also as 32 shots and is a plus-2.
Janmark has already received two auditions with the Swedish national team and it would be a big step forward if he can continue at his torrid scoring clip and earn a spot on Sweden’s IIHF world championship roster at season’s end.
NOTES: Forwards Landon Ferraro and Wille Coetzee and defenseman Nick Jensen started the year on injured reserve in Detroit … Right-winger Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or, QMJMJHL) was named his league’s first star of the month for September. He has 11 goals and seven assists in his first seven games … Defenseman Mitchell Wheaton (Kelowna, WHL) is close to returning from an injury this week. He has yet to play this season … Winger Tyler Bertuzzi received an automatic suspension for the third fight during the same stoppage in play … Right-winger Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound, OHL) was told by the Red Wings to work on his skating. “They want me to be more explosive in my first three strides,” Nastasiuk told the Owen Sound Times. “It’s not going to happen overnight (but) it’s a process and I’m committed to it.” Added Owen Sound head coach Greg Ireland: “He’s got to be a little quicker, a little faster and a little stronger on his feet.” … Forward Trevor Parkes and defenseman Max Nicastro were the odd men out in Grand Rapids and have been jettisoned to ECHL Toledo … Grand Rapids went 1-1 this week, with Mitchell Callahan, Tomas Jurco and Alexey Marchenko each recording three points.
Sarah Lindenau contributed to this report.
SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT
|Callahan, Mitchell||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||2||1||3||2||+2||4|
|Jurco, Tomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||1||2||3||0||+1||17|
|Marchenko, Alexey||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||1||2||3||0||+2||3|
|Sheahan, Riley||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||2||0||2||2||+2||6|
|Sproul, Ryan||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||2||0||2||0||+2||6|
|Glendening, Luke||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||2||2||4||+3||3|
|Jarnkrok, Calle||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||1||1||0||+3||3|
|Pulkkinen, Teemu||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||1||1||2||+2||5|
|Frk, Martin||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tvrdon, Marek||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Nestrasil, Andrej||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||0||0||0||-1||2|
|Ouellet, Xavier||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||0||0||0||+1||2|
|Nastasiuk, Zach||Owen Sound||OHL||CHL||7||3||3||6||4||-5||–|
|McNulty, Marc||Prince George||WHL||CHL||8||1||4||5||17||+2||–|
|De Haas, James||Clarkson||NCAA||ECAC||2||0||0||0||0||+1||2|
|Pope, David||W. Kelowna||JR-A||USHL/JR-A||9||5||3||0||–||–|
GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT
|Coreau, Jared||Grand Rapids||AHL||1||0||1||0||0||3.82||.846|