Joacim Eriksson has finished his debut season for Skellefteå in the Elitserien. He totalled 90.7 save percentage and 2.56 goals against average in 17 games. It wasn't as many games as he would've hoped to get, but the season as a whole was a positive experience for the 21 year old.
Now he hopes to hear something from the Flyers. He believes he will stay with Skellefteå next season, but wants to hear the Flyers' opinion as well.
"I’m going to talk with my agent and we’ll see what he says and what the Flyers will say."
"So far I haven’t heard anything from the Flyers. I have one year left in my contract with Skellefteå and I’ve enjoyed myself here."
"I’ll gladly play more games in the Elitserien before trying to grab a spot in North America. I think I’m going to stay here next season."
Becoming a backup this season was something Eriksson had to adjust for.
"It’s been a little different. I haven’t gotten so many games. I haven’t played many consecutive games. But I’ve been with the team and been prepared all the time. I’ve trained well."
To get Eriksson more games, Skellefteå loaned him to juniors before the playoffs.
"I got two games before the playoffs started and they went well", Eriksson says of the games he finished with 86.5 save percentage and 3.54 goals against average.
"I got 17 games in the season nonetheless and I’m going to train well in the summer, so hopefully I’ll get to play more next year."
It looks very likely that that next year will be spent with Skellefteå again, but Eriksson does hold the door open for the Flyers' plans as well.
"We’ll see where I would get to play the most. Wherever that is, that’s where I want to play."
This report was based off of Swedish-language stories in the publications Expressen and Norran.