News:Jonathan Ericsson has 10 points (2 G, 8 A) through 20 games this season -- a career-best pace.
Analysis: Considering that he doesn't shoot often (just 14 shots on goal this season), Jonathan Ericsson's value will come mostly in the former of helpers. With a plus-5 rating this season, Ericsson is contributing in plenty of formats.
News:Jonathan Ericsson potted his first goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's 5-3 win over St. Louis.
Analysis: The veteran defenseman has never been a prolific scorer in his career and likely won't have many one-point nights, let alone two point games.
News:Jonathan Ericsson, returning from a shoulder injury, was minus-1 in 21:57 of action in his return to the lineup Sunday.
Analysis: With Jonathan Ericsson's return, Jakub Kindl was bumped from the Wings' mix on the blue line. Ericsson figures to log heavy minutes, likely skating alongside of Niklas Kronwall or Brendan Smith going forward.
Wings' Ericsson (Shoulder) Expected To Play Sunday
News:Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday against the Blackhawks, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The return would mark Jonathan Ericsson first game since injuring his shoulder during practice last Sunday. He should fortify a Red Wings blue line that has struggled in part due to injuries and a lack of experience.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) will not play until at least Sunday against Chicago, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: With Jonathan Ericsson unavailable Friday, Kent Huskins and Brian Lashoff will remain in the mix competing for the final spot on the blue line upon Ericsson's eventual return.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) is likely a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Wild, the Detroit News reports.
Analysis:Jonathan Ericsson is looking to get back into action for the first time since the Red Wings' season opener. He has not been ruled out of Friday's game against the Wild, but the decision likely will be made closer to the start of the game. When he does return, he probably will not see his usual load of minutes at the beginning.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) is scheduled to get an MRI on Tuesday, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis:Jonathan Ericsson missed Monday's game with the shoulder injury. His status for Tuesday's game against the Stars is unknown. He should be considered day-to-day until the MRI results become available.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against Columbus, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.
Analysis: If Jonathan Ericsson is forced to sit Monday, then Brian Lashoff would be in line to fill in for him on the Detroit blue line Monday.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) is questionable for Monday's game against Columbus, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.
Analysis:Jonathan Ericsson apparently hurt his shoulder after going into the boards after stepping on a puck during Sunday's workout.
News:Jonathan Ericsson will open the season paired with Niklas Kronwall, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Offensively, his game has never provided much for fantasy owners to get excited about, but perhaps the opportunity to work with Kronwall will generate an uptick in production. Keep in mind, however, that the Wings could be very fluid on the blue line as they adjust to life without Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart this season.
News:Jonathan Ericsson has signed with Södertälje of the Swedish Elite League, according to Bob Duff of the Hockey News.
Analysis: The 28-year-old is expected to take on a much larger role with the Wings this coming season now that Niklas Lidstrom has retired, so it makes good sense for him to stay sharp.
News:Jonathan Ericsson skated with Nicklas Lidstrom for the second straight game Wednesday in the Wings' shootout win over the Blues.
Analysis: In addition to firing four shots on goal, Jonathan Ericsson finished the game with a plus-1 rating and may continue to see time part of the Wings' top pairing heading into the playoffs.
News:Jonathan Ericsson, out since February 25 with a wrist injury, was able to play in Wednesday's game against the Blue Jackets. He skated for 16:09 and didn't register a point.
Analysis: With just one goal on the season and a mere seven seconds of power play ice per game, Jonathan Ericsson isn't a recommended fantasy option, but he's a steady presence on the blue line and he'll have an important role as the Wings, currently seeded fourth in the West, try and gear up for a lengthy playoff run.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) is optimistic about the possibility of returning to the lineup Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: If he returns Wednesday, Jakub Kindl will likely be a healthy scratch for Detroit. Given his role as a third-pairing blueliner, it's best to wait until Jonathan Ericsson makes it through a game without a setback before putting him back into your active lineup.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) will not play Monday night, the Red Wings' official site reports.
Analysis:Jonathan Ericsson is staying in playing shape by doing cardio and lifting. He is still considered day-to-day with the left wrist injury, but is expected to return this week.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) is expected to play against Columbus on Monday, DetroitRedWing.com reports.
Analysis: Out since Feb. 25, Jonathan Ericsson's return means less for fantasy leagues than it does Detroit's depth.
Wings' Ericsson Taking Slap Shots; Targeting Next Week
News:Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) has been taking slap shots in practice and remains hopeful of returning to game action next week, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: It's unlikely that he will play Saturday, however, so plan on going at least one more game without having his services at the ready.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) is looking to return next week, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: All signs have been encouraging so far. Getting Jonathan Ericsson back next week would provide a few games for him to get ready for the playoffs.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) is ahead of schedule and could return to game action in late March, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: As a result, he could be back on ice in game action before the playoffs begin. General manager Ken Holland said that Jonathan Ericsson is healing faster than the team doctors initially expected.
News:Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) could resume skating soon, but he's likely four weeks away from returning to game action, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: A recent X-ray showed cracks in the bones around the wrist in addition to the chip fracture that was initially revealed. Fortunately, the ability to skate while letting the injury heal means that it should take very little time for him to rejoin the lineup once the fracture is no longer an issue as he won't have to build up his endurance on the ice.
News:Jonathan Ericsson suffered a fractured left wrist in Saturday's loss to the Avalanche, reports CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
Analysis: He was hit by teammate Brad Stuart's attempted clearing pass and the team revealed post-game that he will be out upwards of a month. Drop him in single-year formats.
News:Jonathan Ericsson posted a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The veteran doubled his season's point total on Wednesday with his two-point night. The Wings have several talented defenders that will score, but Jonathan Ericsson is one of their shut-down defenders on whom they rely to neutralize the opposition. Don't expect many one-point, let alone, two-point nights from Ericsson.
News:Jonathan Ericsson will skate with Nicklas Lidstrom at even strength while Ian White is sidelined by a fractured cheekbone, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: It could lead to more ice time at even strength and a slight uptick in offensive production, but Jonathan Ericsson's surge in fantasy value may not last long as White is currently expected to miss four games before returning.
News:Jonathan Ericsson is carrying a plus-5 rating through the Wings' first four games.
Analysis: He's also picked up an assist during that span as well, as the third pairing of Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl has exceeded expectations and delivered much more consistent play in the back end during the early weeks of the regular season.
News: The Red Wings have signed Ericsson to a three-year extension totaling $9.75 million, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: This puts an end to speculation that Ericsson would be hitting the open market Friday. With this signing, the Red Wings add some muscle to its defensive corps that will no longer feature Brian Rafalski, who has retired. It's unlikely that many fantasy owners had much use for Ericsson's 15 points (3 G, 12 A) in 2010-11, but the Swede has shown marked improvement since entering the league in 2007-08.
News: Although the two sides have discussed a return to the Red Wings, Ericsson is set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday, MLIve.com reports.
Analysis: An opportunity for a top-four role elsewhere could be on the open market -- with a commensurate increase in pay. We wouldn't be surprised if Ericsson remains in Detroit when the dust clears, but getting to test free agency for the first time might be too much for the 27-year-old (and his agent) to pass up.
News: The Red Wings are nearing a deal to re-sign Ericsson, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Although a top-four spot is open on the Wings' blue line, they're believed to be looking to the free-agent market to fill the void created by Brian Rafalski's retirement which leaves Ericsson in the third pairing with either Jakub Kindl or Brendan Smith to begin the season. The 27-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement before then.
News: Ericsson hopes to return to the Wings next season, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The retirement of Brian Rafalski leaves the Wings with more cap room than anticipated and a gaping hole on their blue line, so it's possible that Ericsson will have an expanded role if he's able to reach an agreement with the Wings as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
News: Ericsson (flu) will be in the lineup Saturday against Toronto, the Red Wings' official site reports.
Analysis: Ericsson's return is a boost to the Wings' blue line depth, but he has not scored a point in his last 21 games.
News: Ericsson left practice early Friday due to illness and his status for Saturday's game against the Leafs is unclear, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: It will likely be determined after the morning skate, but Jakub Kindl will be ready to assume a role in the third pairing if Ericsson is unable to play against Toronto.
News: X-rays on Ericsson's ankle revealed no damage Sunday night and he was able to return to the overtime win over Calgary, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The team is taking the day off Monday before returning to practice Tuesday, so Ericsson should be fine for the Wings' Thanksgiving Eve tilt against the Thrashers.
News: Ericsson went to the locker room after suffering an apparent ankle injury while blocking a shot in Sunday's game against Calgary, the Red Wings' official site reports.
Analysis: For now, we'll have to consider his return questionable as the team hasn't provided any sort of update regarding his status. An injury for Ericsson would open the door to Jakub Kindl again, but it would also be a tough break for Ericsson given how well he's been playing recently.
News: Ericsson has a plus-5 rating over his last five games since getting paired with Brian Rafalski, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: He's still sitting tight with one point through nine games, but Ericsson is playing with much more poise and consistency at the defensive end after struggling last season. The young blueliner revealed that he had difficulty focusing last season while his mother was receiving treatment for throat cancer, and he even considered leaving the team at one point to return to Sweden with the Red Wings' approval. If he remains paired with Rafalski, it wouldn't be surprising to see the offensive production pick up for him as the season rolls along as well.
News: Ericsson (back) will play Wednesday against the Flames, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: He'll be back in action for the first time since the season opener, and there's reason to be excited here since he's going to skate with Nicklas Lidstrom at even strength.
News: Ericsson (back) was a full participant in practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury on Opening Night, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: He won't play Thursday against the Coyotes or Saturday against the Predators, but Ericsson could be back in action for the start of a West Coast road trip against the Flames on Nov. 3. Once he returns, Doug Janik will likely head back to Grand Rapids (AHL).
News: Ericsson (back) skated for the second time in three days on Saturday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Ericsson is still considered day-to-day with a bulging disk, though it's encouraging that he is back on skates. He could make a return to game action some time this week.
News: Ericsson (back) could return to action for the Red Wings next week, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: He's feeling better every day, but Ericsson hasn't been able to skate yet, so it wouldn't be all that surprising to see his return take a little bit longer than the one week the team is currently projecting.
News: Ericsson (back) has been diagnosed with bulging discs, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: This explains the lack of progress to this point. Ericsson still isn't skating and appears to be destined for IR in the near future if he's not on the ice soon. Unfortunately for Ericsson, he could have been in position for an expanded power-play role while Brian Rafalski was sidelined by minor knee surgery, but there's a chance Rafalski might return before Ericsson does.
News: Ericsson (back) remains sidelined as of Friday and still hasn't resumed skating, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: A trip to IR could be in the offing depending on how the Wings decide to handle their roster. Ericsson has been sidelined an entire week without getting on the ice following back spasms in the season opener against the Ducks.
News: Ericsson (back) remains sidelined, but traveled with the team to Dallas on Wednesday, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: It's unclear if he'll even practice while the Wings are away, so Jakub Kindl figures to see at least two more games in the lineup while Ericsson and Brian Rafalski are on the shelf.
News: Ericsson (back) still hasn't resumed skating, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: No move has been made to put him on IR, but look for Jakub Kindl to get another spin in Ericsson's absence against Colorado Tuesday. As far as the injury goes, Ericsson had an MRI last week that revealed no structural damage, so he remains day-to-day at this time.
News: Ericsson missed Saturday's game at Chicago due to back spasms.
Analysis: He suffered the injury in Friday's season opener at Anaheim. Given the effect of back injuries on a player's overall game, you should bench him until he gets at least one healthy game in.
News: Ericsson left Friday's game against the Ducks with back spasms, MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Ericsson did not come out for the second period and will not return to the game. Ericsson could miss Saturday's game with the injury, but consider him day-to-day. Jakub Kindl will join the Wings' lineup on Saturday if Ericsson is unavailable.
News: Ericsson has been paired with Nicklas Lidstrom as a last-minute adjustment for Friday's season opener against the Ducks, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: It's a big opportunity for Ericsson if he can be more reliable in the defensive end and make a strong push to keep his pairing with Lidstrom. For now, Niklas Kronwall will skate with Ruslan Salei, but Ericsson will have to play well in order to stick with the Wings' captain for more than a game or two.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson struggled in the weeks leading up to the Olympic break. He was committing too many turnovers and was caught out of position too frequently, leading to many goals against. His plus-minus rating dipped to a team-worst minus-16.
Analysis: Ericsson has really struggled in his first full season in the NHL. Perhaps his shortcomings might have been masked had the Red Wings not struggled as a team in 2009-10, but that hasn't been the case. Ericsson has a lot of potential, but he is a risky Fantasy start until he gets on track.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson, who has struggled all season and had a minus-10 rating in his last 10 games, picked up his first point in 24 games by assisting on Kris Draper's first-period goal Tuesday against the Blues. Ericsson also was better in his own zone, finishing with a plus-1 rating in 20:38.
Analysis: Now, the key is for Ericsson to string together a few good contests and build off that. No one is more frustrated than Ericsson about his erratic play in 2009-10. He is a solid prospect and likely has a bright future in the NHL. Still, Ericsson remains a risky Fantasy start until he irons out his problems.
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson, benched by coach Mike Babcock for Tuesday's victory at San Jose, fought rookie Troy Bodie less than 3 minutes after Ryan Whitney's goal on Wednesday against the Ducks. Ericsson finished with no points and a minus-1 rating in 17:02.
Analysis: Ericsson has no points since Nov. 23 and is minus-7 in his last nine games. It's no wonder Babcock benched him. No one is more frustrated than Ericsson about his slump, but the Swedish blueliner can't stop his struggling ways. He is a solid prospect and likely has a bright future in the NHL. Still, Ericsson remains a risky Fantasy start until he irons out his problems.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Jonathan Ericsson excelled for the Red Wings in the playoffs last year, leading their defenseman in scoring and playing solid in his own end. Ericsson's first full NHL season has been a learning experience. He has lacked consistency and has been mistake-prone, committing too many turnovers and getting caught out of position too often. "I can't say I'm happy with my season," Ericsson said. "This second half is going to be like starting over for me." He wants to improve his plus-minus rating -- a team-worst minus-11 heading into Tuesday's game against Phoenix -- cut down on giveaways and play more physical. "I haven't had this many bad bounces in a half of a season, and then the minus started going up and stayed there," Ericsson said. "You always want to help out your team, and if you see that you're a minus it means that you're not helping out the team the way you should."
Analysis: Ericsson's strengths are his skills. He is mobile for a big man, moves the puck well and has a tremendous shot. But he would like to use his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame in a more punishing fashion and deliver more hits. Ericsson's offensive game also hasn't been there since Detroit has struggled to score in 2009-10. He is a solid prospect and likely has a bright future in the NHL. Still, Ericsson remains more of a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson returned to the lineup on Thursday against the Hurricanes after missing 12 games with a bruised knee cap. Ericsson had no points in 15:17 of ice time and finished at even.
Analysis: Ericsson started the season well with eight points in his first 11 games, but he has since managed only two points in his last 21 appearances. He has been banged up at times, but Ericsson is still a youngster as far as NHL experience comes. He is a solid prospect and likely has a bright future in the NHL. Still, Ericsson remains more of a low-end Fantasy option.
News: The Red Wings official Twitter feed reports that D Jonathan Ericsson will return to action Thursday after missing a month with a knee injury.
Analysis: A 25-year-old in his first full NHL season, Ericsson was never a great scorer in the AHL, but he did contribute enough and picked up enough PIM to be worth owning in deeper leagues and keeper formats. He had 10 points in 31 games before getting hurt, but didn't feature on the power play.
News: MLive.com reports that Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson (knee) is about a week to 10 days away from returning to action.
Analysis: Ericsson is a great young talent, but he still is more of a low-end Fantasy start when healthy. Keep him benched in deeper leagues for Fantasy Week 15 (Jan. 11-17).
News: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson has been sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. The Red Wings on Tuesday recalled defenseman Doug Janik from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to replace Ericsson, who sustained a bone bruise to his left knee in a collision with Phoenix forward Shane Doan during Monday night's 3-2 win. Further tests showed no damage to the major ligaments within Ericsson's knee.
Analysis: In 31 games this season, Ericsson has three goals and seven assists and a minus-7 rating. Ericsson has been banged up in 2009-10, but hasn't missed a ton of time. He might have finally met an injury he couldn't shake. Ericsson is a great young talent, but he still is more of a low-end Fantasy start when healthy. Janik has no Fantasy value at this time.
News:Jonathan Ericsson might be joining a long list of sidelined Red Wings. The Detroit defenseman injured his left knee late in the first period of the Red Wings' 3-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night. Ericsson was hurt on a hit by Phoenix captain Shane Doan, which set up the Coyotes' first goal. "He'll have it checked out in the morning," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We'll see what happens. But it didn't look good on TV." Ericsson had no points in 6:40 of ice time.
Analysis: The Red Wings were already without forwards Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Dan Cleary and Darren Helm and defenseman Niklas Kronwall because of injuries. Losing Ericsson would just add icing to the cake. Ericsson has been banged up in 2009-10, but hasn't missed a ton of time. He might have finally met an injury he couldn't shake. Ericsson is a great young talent, but he still is more of a low-end Fantasy start when healthy.
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson, who left Thursday's game with a knee injury, returned to action Saturday in a loss to the Devils. He finished with a minus-2 rating.
Analysis: Ericsson has 10 points in 25 games this season and is worth using in deeper leagues as a low-end starting Fantasy defenseman.
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson was helped off the ice with 6:24 left on Thursday against the Oilers. Head coach Mike Babcock said he was day-to-day with a left knee injury. Ericsson had no points in 20:58 of ice time.
Analysis: The last thing Detroit needs is another blueliner out with injury. Niklas Kronwall is gone several weeks with his own knee injury and Brian Rafalski is day to day with a back ailment. Ericsson now comes down with another injury. He hasn't missed a lot of time, but he has missed a few games with various ailments this season. Ericsson is doing a fine job at both ends of the ice for Detroit, but he remains more of a low-end Fantasy start when healthy.
News: The banged-up Detroit Red Wings have lost defenseman Niklas Kronwall for at least a month with a sprained ligament in his left knee. The team announced Sunday that Kronwall will be out four to eight weeks. Kronwall had a leg-on-leg, open-ice collision with Montreal enforcer Georges Laraque on Saturday. Laraque, who was called for tripping, said it was an accident. The Red Wings called it a dirty play. The Sports Xchange reports the Wings will not recall a defenseman from Grand Rapids (AHL). Derek Meech will be inserted into the lineup for Monday's game in Nashville. The team's younger defensemen -- Jonathan Ericsson, Brett Lebda and Meech -- will play more minutes and assume a greater role on the power play and penalty-killing units.
Analysis: The only really interesting name on the above list is Ericsson. The Red Wings have Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski, so it's not like Lebda and Meech will assume all of Kronwall's offensive responsibilities. But Ericsson has shown he can be effective at both ends of the ice, like Kronwall, so he might benefit the most. Consider adding him in larger Fantasy formats. Lebda and Meech still have minimal appeal.
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson returned to the lineup on Thursday against the Sharks after missing two games with the flu. He failed to record a point and finished at minus-1 in 16:34 of ice time. He also spent two minutes in the penalty box.
Analysis: Ericsson has held his own on the Red Wings' blue line despite the presence of Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Brian Rafalski. He has eight points (three goals) in 12 games and has done that without any power-play time. Consider Ericsson a prospect climbing the Fantasy rankings.
News: The Detroit Free Press reports that Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson (flu) should be able to play Thursday against the Sharks.
Analysis: Ericsson has been stellar in his first full season in the NHL and is already exceeding expectations. He is one of the Red Wings' top prospects and quickly becoming a reliable Fantasy option.
News: Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson (flu) was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Bruins. He is considered day to day and is questionable to return on Thursday against the Sharks.
Analysis: Ericsson has one goal and three assists during a three-game point streak. He has eight points in 11 games. Ericsson has been stellar in his first full season in the NHL and is already exceeding expectations. He is one of the Red Wings' top prospects and quickly becoming a reliable Fantasy option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson missed Saturday's game against the Flames because of the flu but should return for Tuesday's contest against Boston.
Analysis: Ericsson has one goal and three assists during a three-game point streak. He has eight points in 11 games. Ericsson has been stellar in his first full season in the NHL and is already exceeding expectations. He is one of the Red Wings' top prospects and quickly becoming a reliable Fantasy option. It's safe to keep him active for Week 5 (Nov. 2-8).
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson scored his third goal of the season Thursday in a shootout loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: Ericsson now has eight points in what should be his first full NHL season. He isn't featuring on the power play yet but is still managing to pick up enough points here and there to be a viable low-end starting Fantasy forward in deeper leagues.
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson scored a goal and finished at plus-1 during Thursday's game against the Kings. Ericsson's second goal of the season tied it at 1 3:34 into the second period. He beat Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle near the boards after Justin Abdelkader won a faceoff in the Kings' zone. It was Ericsson's second goal of the season.
Analysis: Ericsson has dodged a few injuries to remain a regular in the the Detroit lineup. The Red Wings have high hopes for the 25-year-old blueliner. Ericsson should spend the season with Detroit and contribute in all facets of the game. However, since Detroit has blueliners like Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall, Ericsson won't be asked to carry the offensive effort. Consider him more of a low-end Fantasy defenseman.
News: Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson appeared to try to keep weight off his left skate when he was hit by a puck during Chicago's power play midway through the third period Thursday after getting hit with a puck. "He's going to be fine," head coach Mike Babcock said. Ericsson had an assist and plus-1 rating in 14:42 of ice time.
Analysis: Ericsson is having a tough time keeping his feet out of harm's way. He was injured in the opener after getting hit in the foot, but was able to play through the injury. It seems he has dodged another serious ailment and will tough out his latest setback. Ericsson has two points (one goal) in three games. Even though he is in Detroit's third defensive pairing, Ericsson is finding ways to get onto the stat sheet. He remains a nice long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end flier.
News: Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson was able to return to the ice on Saturday against the Blues in a 5-3 loss. Ericsson got 18:03 of ice time, taking one shot on goal.
Analysis: Ericsson is expected to contribute as a full-time blue liner this season and it's good to see him not miss any games because of the ankle injury. Ericsson is just a low-end Fantasy option at this point in the season but has the potential to be much more down the road.
News: While Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson scored in Friday's opener against the Blues, it wasn't all good news for the 25-year-old defenseman. Ericsson played logged just 4:06 of ice time as he exited with an ankle injury. Ericsson was hit high on the back of his heel, above his skate, during the first period. The Detroit Free Press reports Ericsson is day to day. "Right away, we're starting the game with five D," coach Mike Babcock said. "We were hoping all the D were going to play 20 minutes, so that slows your tempo down. That's hockey, but it just affects you more at the start of the year."
Analysis: Ericsson, one of Detroit's eight Swedes, tied the game at 1 off a rebound after Kirk Maltby skated in from the right side. It was his third regular-season goal. After last year's playoff run, Detroit was anxious to begin the 2009-10 season with Ercisson as a full-time blueliner. He made his presence known early Friday before suffering the injury. Ericsson is merely a low-end Fantasy option to begin the season, but has the potential to be much more. Keep tabs on his progress moving forward.
News: Red Wings rookie defenseman Jonathan Ericsson went from the operating room to the Stanley Cup finals ice in a span of three days. Ericsson skated for about 10 minutes Wednesday morning to prepare for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, but abdominal pain cut that session short. Only hours later, he was in surgery to have his appendix removed. He missed playing in Detroit's clinching victory over Chicago, but wasn't about to sit out the opener of the Stanley Cup finals against Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Once he got medical clearance, it was just about managing the pain. The 25-year-old native of Sweden had 16 minutes and 47 seconds of ice time and was a plus-one. Ericsson woke up from surgery about 2 hours before the Red Wings faced off against the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Unable to see the game on TV in the hospital, Ericsson was driven to Joe Louis Arena.
Analysis: Ericsson has five points in the playoffs, which ranks him among the leaders for rookie defensemen. He is going to be a low-end Fantasy D heading into Draft Day 2009.
News: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Friday defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson will play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Babcock said Pavel Datsyuk's status will be a last-minute decision before Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL's first championship rematch in 25 years. Lidstrom and Datsyuk practiced the day before the opener, but Ericsson didn't as a precaution just days following surgery for acute appendicitis.
Analysis: Ericsson had five points to rank among rookie scoring leaders in 15 playoff games this postseason. Ericsson likely would have been up earlier this season had he not dealt with a wrist injury in the minors. He is one of Detroit's top blue line prospects and has a bright future ahead. Still, Ericsson is more of a balanced defenseman and will have low-end Fantasy appeal heading into 2009-10, if he lands a roster spot out of training camp.
News: The Detroit Red Wings scratched defenseman Jonathan Ericsson from Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. The team said Ericsson had surgery after being diagnosed with acute appendicitis Wednesday, but is expected to return for Detroit's next game -- the opener of the Stanley Cup against the Penguins.
Analysis: The Swede had abdominal pain after the morning skate. He filled in well for six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom in Game 4. Lidstrom also missed the game Wednesday night because of an undisclosed injury, making the defending Stanley Cup champions thin on the blue line. Ericsson had five points to rank among rookie scoring leaders in 15 playoff games this postseason. Derek Meech replaced Ericsson and played in the second playoff game of his career. Ericsson likely would have been up earlier this season had he not dealt with a wrist injury in the minors. He is one of Detroit's top blue line prospects and has a bright future ahead. Still, Ericsson is more of a balanced defenseman and will have low-end Fantasy appeal heading into 2009-10, if he lands a roster spot out of training camp.
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Oilers.
Analysis: Ericsson, a ninth-round pick in 2002, had 15 points and 48 PIM in 40 AHL games this season before being called up in early March. He was up with the Wings last season for eight games and the 24-year-old remains just a low-end Fantasy keeper option for the time being.
News: NHL.com reports the Red Wings made a bevy of roster moves Monday, including recalling prospect Jonathan Ericsson from Grand Rapids of the AHL. Aaron Downey has also been recalled from Grand Rapids, while Ville Leino and Darren Helm have been sent back down to the AHL level. Ericsson, selected in the ninth round in 2002, is one of the Red Wings' top prospects. He played in eight games last season with Detroit, where he collected one goal and four penalty minutes.
Analysis: Coach Mike Babcock said the coaching staff has been eager for Ericsson to get the recall, but injuries have kept him down on the farm. "It's a good opportunity with us, we've been waiting for this opportunity since the start," Babcock said. "He wasn't healthy, he was hurt, so this is an opportunity. Nothing's for sure, but for him he will play three games. He's 6-5. He moves the puck, he skates good, he's brave. Did I mention he's 6-foot-5?" The way Babcock talks about Ericsson, you would think he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The Swedish native has two goals and 13 assists, and is plus-12 in 40 games with the Griffins this season. His stay with the Red Wings could be short, so consider Ericsson more of a long-term Fantasy keeper until further notice.
News: Mlive.com reports Red Wings coach Mike Babcock desperately wants defenseman prospect Jonathan Ericsson in Detroit, but he understands that it's going to tame some time for the 6-5, 205-pound defender to recover from a wrist injury suffered while playing for Grand Rapids (AHL). "It's disappointing probably a little bit for him, but (wrist injuries) don't respond like you'd like them to, so he's skating like crazy but he's not playing," Babcock said. "I don't want to bring him up after he's been injured. I want him to be playing good and then bring him up, just like we did with all the other (Griffins)."
Analysis: Ericsson was just a ninth-round pick in 2002, but he has developed into a solid puck-moving defenseman over the last three seasons for the Griffins. Ericsson could be recalled at some point for Detroit this season, but he is not worth holding onto outside of the deepest long-term Fantasy keeper leagues.
News: MLive.com reports that Red Wings D prospect Jonathan Ericsson will have X-rays taken to try and find out the source of the knee and wrist pain that has been bothering him since December.
Analysis: Ericsson, a ninth-round pick in 2002, has 13 points and 40 PIM in 35 AHL games this season. He was up with the Wings last season for eight games and the 24-year-old remains just a low-end Fantasy keeper option for the time being.
News: Red Wings D prospect Jonathan Ericsson has failed to score a goal in 14 games with Grand Rapids of the AHL. He does have seven assists and 20 penalty minutes.
Analysis: Ericsson was sent to the minors after training camp because he was the only one of the defenseman that was waiver exempt. Ericsson is a solid defensive prospect who should have a nice season in the AHL and could find himself called up at some point. He's only worth owning in deeper keeper formats, however.
News: The Red Wings have assigned D Jonathan Ericsson and F Ville Leino to Grand Rapids (AHL).
Analysis: Ericsson is a solid defensive prospect who should have a nice season in the AHL and could find himself called up at some point. He's only worth owning in deeper keeper formats, however. Leino should also have a nice future in the NHL, but is not a seasonal Fantasy league option right now with the way Detroit is stacked.
News:The Sports Xchange reports the Red Wings will head into training camp with a deeper roster than the team that won the Stanley Cup in June. As a result, there will be competition at every position for precious few available jobs. They are loaded on defense, where they have 10 NHL defensemen and room for only eight, likely forcing a trade before the regular season. Their top two pairings are set with Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski along with Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart. Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda, who formed the third pairing in the Cup finals, have the inside track for the fifth and sixth spots. But youngsters Derek Meech, Kyle Quincey and Jonathan Ericsson, their top prospect, will vie for playing time in camp.
Analysis: Because he is their only defenseman exempt from waivers, Ericsson is likely to begin the season in Grand Rapids of the AHL. He had one goal in eight games with the Red Wings last season and 34 points (10 goals) in 69 games with Grand Rapids. Ericsson is nothing more than a long-term Fantasy keeper and can be ignored in most Fantasy formats.
News: The Detroit Red Wings re-signed G Jimmy Howard and D Jonathan Ericsson to three-year contracts. Howard will earn $600,000 next season and Ericsson $550,000, according to the NHL players' union. The team did not disclose details but said the contracts were filed over the weekend. Howard played four games for the Wings last season. Chris Osgood will be back in net, and Ty Conklin was signed July 1 to a one-year contract. Ericsson played eight games last season, scoring one goal.
Analysis: It looked like Howard was going to have some Fantasy value as Chris Osgood's backup this upcoming season, but then the Wings went and signed Ty Conklin. It's safe to ignore Howard in all formats until he finds his way to Detroit. Ericsson should also be ignored in Fantasy play.
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson has been reassigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL.
Analysis: Ericsson came up a couple of weeks ago when Detroit's defensemen were hit by injuries, and he scored his first career goal on Feb. 27. He might be up next season with Detroit, but his Fantasy value is zero at this time.
News: Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson scored his first career goal during Tuesday's game against the Oilers. His goal came on a power play at 5:42 of the third period. He rocketed a slap shot past Mathieu Garon.
Analysis: Ericsson was summoned from the minors last Thursday as Detroit was hit with a rash of injuries on defense. Ericsson, 23, made the switch from center to defenseman at the urging of Hakan Andersson, Detroit's director of European scouting. He scored just seven goals and 10 assists in 124 games for various teams in Sweden in 2003-06. He has blossomed since coming to North America in 2006, with 12 goals and 42 assists in 121 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) in two seasons. He might be back in the AHL soon, so he is nothing more than a long-term keeper.
News:Jonathan Ericsson, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman from Karlskrona, Sweden, made a good impression in training camp and after he was called up Thursday, he is expected to make his first NHL start against the Flames. The Red Wings took Ericsson 291st overall in the 2--2 Draft.
Analysis: Ericsson, 23, made the switch from center to defenseman at the urging of Hakan Andersson, Detroit's director of European scouting. He scored just seven goals and 10 assists in 124 games for various teams in Sweden in 2003-06. He has blossomed since coming to North America in 2006, with 12 goals and 42 assists in 121 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins in two seasons.
News: The Red Wings called up D Jonathan Ericsson from Grand Rapids on Wednesday, reports the Detroit News. The move was necessary because Detroit is currently without Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall.
Analysis: Ericsson has yet to play in an NHL game after being drafted 291st in the 2002 NHL Draft. He has no Fantasy value at this time.