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Janmark emerging as ‘very dangerous’ scorer

Published Monday, January 20, 2014, 9:23 a.m. under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Mattias Janmark

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Mattias Janmark is becoming a hard player to keep off the scoresheet.

Janmark, who was passed over in the 2012 draft before being taken by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round (79th overall) last June, leads AIK of the Swedish Hockey League with 17 goals among 27 points in 35 games. Although he’s missed six contests due to injury, he is tied for 16th in league scoring and fifth for goals and is a threat to score every shift.

“Every team in the league, the coaches I’ve talked to all tell me, they have to look out for him and make sure their D know all about him, because he’s a threat when he has the puck,” said Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson. “You look away for a second and something is going on. He makes chances happen out of nothing.”

The 21-year-old forward’s success is a testament to his natural talent because he only started training his lower body this summer. According to Andersson, doctors had told Janmark to avoid it because of a knee injury he sustained when he was younger.

But after breaking out with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 55 games last season, earning an SHL nomination for rookie of the year, and being drafted by Detroit, he got the green light from doctors to undertake a full fitness regimen in the summer.

“From (ages) 16 to 20, he didn’t do all that stuff that every hockey player lives for in the summer,” Andersson said. “This is was his first summer with some kind of real training. Can you tell on the ice? A little bit. Does he need another summer or two? Yes, for sure. But now the knee has been examined, it’s OK … so there’s a lot more to come.”

Aside from strength and conditioning, Janmark will also need to work on his complete game, as his game is heavily weighted toward the offensive side.

But Janmark, who played center in junior but is now skating at left wing, reminds Andersson of Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist with his intense puck-hounding style.

“He gets to the net from anywhere — you give him the puck in the neutral zone with speed and he’s very dangerous, very tenacious on the puck in the offensive zone,” Andersson said. “Even if the team loses the puck, he’s often the guy to win it back in the offensive zone and make something happen. He’s a little bit like Nyquist when he’s on the game. He chases the puck, wins it back and then makes something happen all of a sudden.”

Janmark, who won the J-20 SuperElit scoring title in 2011-12, leads all SHL forwards in ice time with more than 20 minutes per game. He’s played on the Swedish national team and has a chance at being on the roster for the IIHF world championship.

NOTES: Andersson also weighed in on the slow adjustment to North America for prized Swedish prospect Calle Jarnkrok. “In some situations, he’s too easy to contain,” Andersson said. “If he had another 10 pounds on, he could break away a little easier and get more room for his skill and quick shot because he has a lot of good (offensive assets).” Andersson said a good summer of training will make a big difference. “Next year could be his year,” he said. “The way I see it, he’s one of the more talented prospects we have, but there’s work to be done, no doubt about it.” Jarnkrok has just 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points in 41 AHL games with Grand Rapids … Try and stop left-winger Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie, OHL). No, really. He’s absolutely ripping it up with 23 goal and 23 assists for 46 points in his past 27 games, while his 60 points in 41 games overall put him 11th in OHL scoring. He has seven goals and four assists in his past four games, including a four-goal outburst on Jan. 18 … Goaltender Jake Paterson (Saginaw, OHL) has been playing great since the world junior. He posted a 59-save win for the Spirit on Jan. 17 … Left-winger Marek Tvrdon (Kelowna, WHL) has a goal and is a plus-2 in his first two junior games. “There’s no doubt he’s a bigger guy with skill that we’re hoping he can do things well from the hashmarks in and provide offence for us,” Rockets head coach Dan Lambert told the Kelowna Capital News. “We certainly think he’ll help our power play. But also expect him to play a 200-foot game, be solid defensively and compete for pucks wherever he is on the ice.” … Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, to the Detroit Free Press, on the continued strong play of center/left-winger Riley Sheahan: “He looks good defensively, he looks good offensively. He looks like a good player, and he can skate.” … And on Tomas Jurco: “He can really skate. He can shoot the puck. He’s got a good skill set. Now he’s just got to learn to do it every day and be heavy while you do it in this league.” … Right-winger Martin Frk (Grand Rapids, AHL) recorded his first point, an assist, this week. It took him 19 games.

Sarah Lindenau contributed to this report.


Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL PRO 38 0 22 22 30 0 61
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL PRO 41 16 8 24 37 +16 110
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 32 13 19 32 14 +10 91
Marchenko, Alexey Grand Rapids AHL PRO 36 2 14 16 6 +18 26
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL PRO 28 8 10 18 10 +1 49
Sproul, Ryan Grand Rapids AHL PRO 41 7 15 22 24 +14 92
Glendening, Luke Grand Rapids AHL PRO 18 5 7 12 18 +8 26
Jarnkrok, Calle Grand Rapids AHL PRO 41 10 7 17 12 +15 69
Pulkkinen, Teemu Grand Rapids AHL PRO 41 13 18 31 20 +16 110
Frk, Martin Grand Rapids AHL PRO 19 0 1 1 10 -7 20
Jensen, Nick Grand Rapids AHL PRO 15 0 0 0 2 +2 8
Tvrdon, Marek Grand Rapids AHL PRO 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL PRO 38 8 13 21 29 +7 107
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL PRO 7 0 0 0 5 -1 7
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL PRO 10 0 0 0 0 +3 6
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL PRO 9 0 0 0 4 -2 15
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids AHL PRO 35 4 7 11 12 +1 30
Ouellet, Xavier Grand Rapids AHL PRO 39 4 8 12 14 +12 52
Nedomlel, Richard Grand Rapids AHL PRO 3 0 0 0 2 -2 1
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL PRO 27 17 17 34 20 0 106
Frk, Martin Toledo ECHL PRO 15 5 8 13 10 -11 27
Nicastro, Max Toledo ECHL PRO 34 0 11 11 20 -4 64
Nedomlel, Richard Toledo ECHL PRO 23 5 3 8 65 -3 31
Tvrdon, Marek Toledo ECHL PRO 22 9 4 13 6 -8 59
Aubry, Louis-Marc Toledo ECHL PRO 18 7 7 14 10 -4 62
Jensen, Nick Toledo ECHL PRO 3 0 0 0 0 -2 4
Mantha, Anthony Val-d’Or QMJHL CHL 37 38 41 79 40 +15 201
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 37 13 4 17 45 -7 81
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 41 28 32 60 36 +20
Nastasiuk, Zach Owen Sound OHL CHL 45 14 21 35 18 -9
Bertuzzi, Tyler Guelph OHL CHL 29 10 25 35 49 +9
McNulty, Marc Prince George WHL CHL 43 10 16 26 69 -4
Wheaton, Mitchell Kelowna WHL CHL 30 4 16 20 26 +18
Tvrdon, Marek Kelowna WHL CHL 2 0 1 1 0 +2
Janmark, Mattias AIK SEL EUR 35 17 10 27 50 -5 87
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 41 4 12 16 8 +23 46
Melen, Hampus Tingsryds SWE-J20 EUR-JR 11 0 5 5 14 -6 17
Bodin, Rasmus Linkoping SWE-J20 EUR-JR 14 0 2 2 2 -3 5
De Haas, James Clarkson ECAC NCAA 22 2 6 8 10 -1 27
Marshall, Ben Minnesota BIG-10 NCAA 21 3 7 10 31 +6 46
McKee, Mike W. Michigan BIG-10 NCAA 11 0 0 0 46 0 1
Pope, David W. Kelowna USHL/JR-A JR-A 29 15 11 26 12


Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 26 15 9 2 1 3.42 .909
Coreau, Jared Grand Rapids AHL 3 0 2 0 0 4.01 .860
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 13 10 2 1 1 2.09 .927
Coreau, Jared Toledo ECHL 9 1 5 3 0 4.42 .865
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 29 17 8 1 1 2.11 .928
  1. Patrick says:

    however if we don’t have those 2 in Detroit they are lost, probly forever…. they are out of minor league options.

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  3. Romagoth says:

    @klowntown, you are wrong and the others here are correct. Miller is not eligible for an amnesty buyout because he signed that contract after the lockout (June was after last season ended, right?).

    Now who is the clod?

  4. klowntown says:

    educate yourself before you call someone “wrong” … man oh man, the comments here just keep getting worse.

    quote capgeek:

    Per Transition Rule 53, a compliance buyout can only be executed on a contract entered into on or before Sept. 15, 2012.

  5. Patrick says:

    Klown… and when was Miller extended? since you want to throw the rule book out…

  6. Patrick says:

    or do you not know that 2013 is when he re-signed, not 2012….

  7. Romagoth says:

    I am educated, thank you. Oh, and Miller was extended in 2013, not 2012, thus your “facts” are inaccurate. Now, go educate yourself, troll.

  8. Brono says:

    Anyone else pretty impressed with Sheehan? He has exceeded my expectations so far. Good for tinky winky

  9. Romagoth says:

    I have been impressed with Sheahan no doubt. Even more important, it appears that Babcock is impressed as well. The sooner he warms up to some of the younger players, the better.

  10. klowntown says:

    oh calm down. the point of all of this was the idiocy of buying out drew miller. yeah, let’s just toss a really effective fourth line PK guy to the curb. great idea. you wouldn’t even need to buy him out. if you actually needed the roster space, you could actually TRADE a player with his skills.

  11. Brono says:

    Or scoop him up off waivers…thanks Tampa :p

  12. Patrick says:

    He is possibly the best PKer on the team and we need his skills… now lets get off the subject…

    I too was impressed by Sheahan… I think next year he will be a 3rd line player, but possibly a top 6 depending on whom retires…

  13. Brono says:

    Top 4 centers next year…datsyuk, Weiss, helm, Anderson or Sheehan. I guess one will have to move to the wing Quick Launch

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