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CALLE JARNKROK
Calle Jarnkrok
Position: Center
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6’0” / 188 lbs.
Birthdate: September 25, 1991
Hometown: Gavle, Sweden
Acquired: Detroit’s second choice (51st overall) in the 2010 draft
CSS Ranking: Fourth European skater (2010)
Contract: 2015 via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: Top-Six Forward

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2010-11 Swedish Elite League rookie of the year nominee
  • 2010-11 The Hockey News Future Watch (NHL’s 41st-best prospect)
  • 2011-12 The Hockey News Future Watch (NHL’s 32nd-best prospect)
  • 2012-13 The Hockey News Future Watch (NHL’s 31st-best prospect)
  • 2012-13 Swedish Elite League Top-Eight MVP Finalist

HISTORY
2008-09:
  • Produced solid numbers at Swedish J-20 SuperElit level with Brynas (41-8-18-26).
  • Helped his club capture a J-20 SuperElit championship with strong playoff showing (7-4-3-7).
  • Also dominated the Swedish J-18 level (7-5-7-12).
  • Finished second on Sweden in scoring at the IIHF world under-18 championship (6-2-7-9).
2009-10:
  • Finished third in Swedish J-20 SuperElit scoring with Brynas (19-11-20-31).
  • Represented Sweden at world junior A challenge in November (4-0-1-1).
  • Earned call-up to Brynas’s Swedish Elite League and got better as the year progressed.
  • Skated a regular shift, including power play, to post solid numbers (33-4-6-10).
  • Also won 44 percent of 150 faceoffs, fired 18 shots on goal and was a plus-5.
2010-11:
  • Finished seventh in scoring for Swedish Elite League’s Brynas (49-11-16-27).
  • Led all junior-aged Swedish Elite League players in scoring, one point ahead of Anton Lander.
  • Won 47 percent of faceoffs (278/589), averaged 16:44 of ice time, was a minus-4 and had 77 shots.
  • Tied third in scoring for fourth-place Sweden at WJC (6-2-3-5, 20 shots).
  • Scored three goals in three playoff games before separating his shoulder.
2011-12:
  • Underwent off-season shoulder surgery but returned for start of season and didn’t miss a beat.
  • Spent season in Swedish Elite League with Brynas (50-16-23-39, minus-3, 109 shots).
  • Averaged 19:05 ice time, second only to Jakob Silfverberg’s 19:12, and was credited with nine hits.
  • Won exactly 50 percent of his faceoffs (285 of 570) but was just fourth on team in draws taken.
  • Finished second on Brynas in scoring and was tied for 14th in SEL scoring race.
  • Helped Brynas win SEL championship with tremendous playoff run (16-4-12-16, plus-12, 38 shots).
  • Finished tied for fourth in SEL playoff scoring with point-per-game production.
  • Represented Sweden at IIHF world championship (8-0-1-1, 10 shots, even, 12:39 TOI).
2012-13:
  • Returned to Brynas for third Swedish Elite League season.
  • Led team in scoring (53-13-29-42) despite departure of linemate Jakub Silfverberg to NHL.
  • Also had a minus-2 rating for weak team, fired 136 SOG and won 319 of 663 faceoffs (51.8 percent).
  • Credited with just 15 hits in 53 games.
  • Tied for eighth in SEL scoring (42) and tied for sixth in assists (29).
  • Finished tied for fifth in power-play points (five goals, 14 assists).
  • Tied for 10th in average ice time per game among SEL fowards (18:41).
  • Made AHL debut with Grand Rapids late in season (9-0-3-3, 10 SOG, plus-3).
  • Represented Sweden at IIHF world championship in May (10-0-1-1, 14 SOG, minus-2).
  • Averaged 15 minutes per game until NHL reinforcements bumped him to 13th forward in medal round.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“I like to think of him like a Zetterberg. He wants to have the puck, he wants to hold onto the puck all the time, he makes plays (for his linemates) and he knows how to score himself.” — Red Wings scout Ari Vuori (June 2010) … “When he can go to the Swedish Elite League (at age 18) and play on the power play and pretty well own the puck for a lot of the time he’s out there, that tells you something. He has a lot of skill. His skating and playmaking ability are the big things with him. He’s really good with the puck and he sees the ice really well.” — Red Wings director of scouting Joe McDonnell (June 2010) … “Jarnkrok really gives it everything he has, every shift, which is something that obviously can be taught, but it’s really nice when a player has it from the beginning … He’s got all the other stuff, like the hockey sense, the hands, and very good work ethic.” — Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson (April 2011) … “He’s taken a bigger responsibility and all of his good things he does are showing even more this year. The smart thinking, the quick hands, the quick release, the work ethic — that’s always been very good and it’s the same this year — his whole game, he has just taken it to another level.” — Andersson (February 2012) … “He has great hockey sense, very tenacious, a lot of (Henrik) Zetterberg-type qualities. He’s strong on the puck, never gives up on the puck.” — Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill (May 2012, MLive.com) … “He’s a very shifty guy, he’s quick, he’s got quick hands, he sees the ice very well. He’s got real good hockey sense. He needs to get stronger and get used to playing on this ice surface, but he’s got a lot of potential … He’s got that ability to hang onto the puck and not throw it away unless he has to. He can hold off guys and make that play when there’s an opening.” — Former Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (April 2013, MLive.com) … “He’s probably the best prospect in our organization overall. Whenever he makes the transition overseas, he’s going to be really exciting to watch at the NHL level.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (December 2012) … “We all feel he’s a top-six forward in the long run. He’s a smart player, he works really hard, he’s got good hands, good hockey sense. Adapting to the (NHL) game, I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.” — Andersson (February 2013).

STRENGTHS
Exciting player capable of pulling off highlight-reel moves … A great skater who carries the puck in top flight … Slick, nifty skills and a great “keepaway” player … More of a set-up man than a scorer … Driven player who doesn’t take any shifts off, in the same mold as a Henrik Zetterberg or a Pavel Datsyuk in that regard … Naturally gifted offensively with soft hands … At his best on the power play, when he has the time and space to show off his vast arsenal of skills … Thinks the game well offensively.

WEAKNESSES
He’s still on the thin side and won’t make it in the punishing NHL without serious off-ice dedication to training to get closer to the 190-pound range … Likes to be the playmaker, but could stand to put the puck on net more often.

PROJECTION
The Red Wings have likened Jarnkrok to Henrik Zetterberg and the potential is there for the hard-working, highly-skilled center to emerge as a front-line NHL talent over the next five years. Although the Red Wings have a glut of forwards returning in 2013-14, Jarnkrok could win a spot if he puts on a little more muscle in the off-season and makes a good impression at training camp. He is the best prospect in the system and a big part of the franchise’s future.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2006-2007 Gästrikland TV-Pucken 8 1 0 1 2 |          
 2007-2008 Gästrikland TV-Pucken 8 5 4 9 2 |          
  Brynäs J18 J18 Elit - - - - - |          
  Brynäs J18 J18 Allsvenskan 13 4 4 8 4 | Playoffs 5 0 1 1
  Brynäs J20 SuperElit 2 0 0 0 2 |          
 2008-2009 Brynäs J18 J18 Elit 3 2 4 6 12 |          
  Brynäs J18 J18 Allsvenskan 4 3 3 6 0 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
  Brynäs J20 SuperElit 41 8 18 26 37 | Playoffs 7 4 3 7
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 6 2 7 9 4 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 18 6 9 15 10 |          
 2009-2010 Brynäs J20 SuperElit 19 11 20 31 30 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
  Brynäs SHL 33 4 6 10 2 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 4 0 3 3 0 |          
  Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 3 0 2 2 0 |          
 2010-2011 Brynäs SHL 49 11 16 27 4 | Playoffs 3 3 0 3
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 6 2 3 5 2 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 15 5 5 10 14 |          
 2011-2012 Brynäs SHL 50 16 23 39 22 | Playoffs 16 4 12 16 12 
  Sweden EHT 6 1 1 2 2 |          
  Sweden WC 8 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sweden (all) International 18 2 3 5 2 |          
 2012-2013 Brynäs SHL 53 13 29 42 12 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Brynäs ET 4 1 3 4 6 | Playoffs 1 0 1 1
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 9 0 3 3 0 |          
  Sweden EHT 5 0 2 2 2 |          
  Sweden WC 10 0 1 1 4 |          
  Sweden (all) International 16 0 2 2 6 |          
 2013-2014 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 13 22 35 16 |          
  Nashville Predators NHL 12 2 5 7 4 |          
  Milwaukee Admirals AHL 5 5 2 7 0 |          

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