Earlier this afternoon, the Nashville Predators announced forward Calle Jarnkrok had been recalled from the team’s minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
Acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings earlier this month, the 22-year-old forward has been scoring at a very high rate since joining his new team.
Because the Predators won’t be a part of the playoffs next month, it makes sense to see what kind of offense Jarnkrok can bring at the game’s top level. The Swedish forward is set to be in Nashville’s lineup and make his Predators debut, tomorrow against the Calgary Flames.
We wrote just yesterday that it would behoove the Predators to see what their new, young talent could bring at the NHL level, so it’s good to see Jarnkrok (nicknamed Ironhook) to get his chance with the big club so quickly.
Here’s the team’s official press release:
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Calle Jarnkrok (KAHL-leh YAHRN-krohk) from Milwaukee (AHL). He is expected to make his NHL debut tomorrow night when the Predators take on the Calgary Flames (8 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game).
Jarnkrok, 22 (9/25/91), has five goals and seven points in five games with the Admirals since joining them following Nashville’s acquisition of him from Detroit on March 5, helping Milwaukee win four of those five contests. The Gavle, Sweden native has posted 43 points (18g-25a) in 62 games during his first full season in North America split between Milwaukee and Grand Rapids. He was recently rated No. 41 in The Hockey News’ Top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects.
The 6-0, 176-pound center helped Sweden win gold at the 2013 World Championships, and played with current Preds forwards Patric Hornqvist and Viktor Stalberg at the 2012 Worlds. Jarnkrok ranked ninth in Swedish League points in 2012-13 (13g-29a-42pts), and won a Swedish League title in 2012 with Brynas, playing alongside Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Detroit’s second selection, 51st overall (second round), in the 2010 Entry Draft led all junior players in goals (11) and points (29) during the title-winning season of 2011-12, finishing runner-up in Rookie of the Year voting to Ekholm.