The Minnesota Wild has recalled forward Joel Eriksson Ek (pronounced JUHL AIR-ihk-suhn EHK) from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) and reassigned defenseman Mike Reilly to Iowa.
Eriksson Ek, 19 (1/29/97), tallied a power-play goal in his only game with Iowa this season against Grand Rapids on Oct. 18. He recorded one assist and 10 shots on goal in five preseason games with Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, notched 15 points (9-6=15) in 41 games for Farjestad in the Swedish Elite League in 2015-16. He ranked third on team in game-winning goals (four), fourth in hits (51), fifth in shots (77) and T-6th with a plus-7 rating. His nine goals were the most by a junior player in the League. Eriksson Ek played for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship and tallied two points (1-1=2) and 25 shots on goal in six games.
He tallied six points (4-2=6) with Farjestad in the Swedish Elite League in 2014-15, the most by any Under-18 player and notched 32 points (21-11=32) in 25 games with the Farjestad Junior team, leading the league in goals. Eriksson Ek collected six points (5-1=6) in five games for Sweden at the 2015 Under-18 World Championship. He was selected by the Wild in the first round (20th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and will wear sweater No. 14 with Minnesota.
Reilly, 23 (7/13/93), has skated in two games with Minnesota this season and one with Iowa. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound defenseman owns seven points (1-56=7) in 31 career NHL games with Minnesota and 23 points (5-18=23) in 46 career AHL contests with Iowa.
Minnesota begins a four-game road trip tonight against the New Jersey Devils at 6 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.