2010 NHL Draft Live: Red Wings Nab Small, Skilled Swede With 51st Pick

June 26th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
If the Red Wings went against type by going after a big, physical forward in Riley Sheahan, their first pick in the 2010 Draft (21st overall), they went right back to what has worked for them in the past, a small, skilled forward.

And a Swede to boot!

With the 51st overall pick, the Wings selected Calle Jarnkrok, a 5'11", 156 lbs. center for Brynas of the Swedish Elite League.

However obvious the pick might be to astute Red Wings observers, the selection was not something the young forward expected.

"Actually, [I did] not [expect to be picked by Detroit]," said Jarnkrok. "But, I'm just happy to be picked, by Detroit.  They're a tremendous organization and have many Swedes!"

Jarnkrok scored just 10 points in 33 games with Brynas this past season.  However, he scored 31 points in 19 games playing with the Brynas Under-20 team in 2009-10.

Jarnkrok said that Detroit's contingent of Swedish players over the past few seasons piqued his interest in Detroit, especially Henrik Zetterberg.

"I like Henrik Zetterberg. He's a highly skilled center and a good two-way forward, I like him."

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