It doesn’t feel like Calle Järnkrok logged all that much time in the AHL. It also didn’t feel like his time as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals was all that long, either. It’s all true. Järnkrok played 72 career games in the AHL and the majority of that came when he was under the Detroit Red Wings organizational banner. He played a whopping total of 6 games when he was with the Admirals. Yet, in that small sample size, he showed every reason why the Nashville Predators acquired him.
Järnkrok’s time with the Admirals saw him produce 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in those 6 games. He looked skilled in all three areas of the ice and looked like someone who Admirals fans weren’t going to get to spend too much time with. He did return to the group for the playoffs that season and recorded a goal and an assist but, from then on, he was labeled for the NHL.
From the 2014-15 season and onward Järnkrok has seen continued strides in his overall game. This season he might be producing the best hockey of his career. He is already creeping up on last season’s scoring total for himself and is playing with plenty of confidence. And, why not? The 25-year old from Gävle, Sweden has already played 226 career games in the NHL. It seems that these last 12 games for the Predators he may have put all the pieces together and really found a groove: 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists).
Cheers to the Nashville Predators and Calle Järnkrok for providing me the time to hear from our ol’ Milwaukee Admirals player all grown up! Tomorrow morning we will release our last two installments of “Catching Up” with Anthony Bitetto and Miikka Salomäki.
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