The SHL selected Anchorage Igloos RW Nicklas Ericsson as its Player of the Week. Ericsson is one of the league’s top passers, and he was in top form this week, putting up 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists). Ericsson’s monster week represents a fifth of his point total for the season. His 60 total points places him fifth in the SHL; his 52 assists are good for third.
On Sunday, Ericsson had a goal and four assists in the Igloos’ 8-5 win over New York. On Tuesday, he assisted on all three Anchorage goals, although his team came up just short against Hershey, falling 4-3. Then on Thursday, he had a pair of assists, sparking a 6-1 beatdown of Hamilton. With Ericsson’s assists leading the way, the Igloos remained in the thick of the Western race, one point behind co-leaders Michigan and Seattle.
“Nick’s the kind of player you have to be a real hockey guy to appreciate,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor. “A big goal scorer like Frosty [Jake Frost], everyone loves him. But you have to be a real student of the game to appreciate a perfect pass, the way a guy like Nick can orchestrate the tempo of an offense. It’s not the kind of thing that makes the fans go ooh and aah, but it’s the kind of thing that wins championships.”