Marklund and Eriksson Added to Roster
Swedish forwards Johan Eriksson (pictured Right) and Sam Marklund (pictured Left) have been added to the Flames opening day 22-23 roster.
Marklund, 29, will take his game outside of his homeland for the first time after 34 games in the SHL, the country’s top league, and 340 Allsvenskan appearances.
Marklund has 61 goals and 148 points in Sweden’s 2nd league and 2 goals and 2 assists in 41 SHL and Champions league starts.
Eriksson iced last season at Allsvenskan’s Almtuna where he posted 13 goals and 11 assists to bring his career points to 107 in 204 games. He split the previous schedule with Almtuna and Strömsbro, yielding his best season with a 61 point term thanks to 28 goals and 33 assists.
The 6’1”, 195lb forward made his pro start in 2012-2013 with an SHL game before spending the next 3 seasons in HockeyEttan at Tranås where he led the league in goals and points during the 15-16 set. He became a full time Allsvenskan player in 2016-2017 with a transfer to Tingsryds where he opened his league account with 22 goals and 39 points. He moved on to MODO for the next pair of terms, the 2nd of which included his first mainland European stay when he iced 8 times at Austrian outfit Villacher SV. The 29 year old spent the bulk of the 2019-2020 stretch in France with Chamonix and was nearly a point a game pace before returning home for his final 2 seasons on home soil.
“These are 2 players who will be very impactful,” offered Head Coach Paul Dixon. “Both of them have played at an exceptionally high level at home for a very long time, and both have had great success with impressive playing CV’s.’
“We try to avoid bringing just one player from any particular part of the world so it is good that they can join a fellow countryman and to come together and maybe have a little easier time transitioning to life here in the UK which will help them bring their best to the ice early on.
‘These are quality players, and we are excited to have Sam and Johan with us when the new season gets underway.”