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Jonathan Ericsson is getting worn out in Swedish league

Nov 10, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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Playing hockey abroad can be rigorous. For Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson, it’s proving to be even more demanding than life in the NHL has been.

Ted Kulfan of the The Detroit News hears from the big blue liner about his time away in Sweden and finds out that at 30 minutes of ice time per game, he’s found out how out of shape he was.

“In the third period I was cramping every shift,” said Ericsson of his first game back. “It was a lot of ice time right away and, of course, I wasn’t use to playing. I hadn’t played in five months.”

The most ice time in a game he’s had in the NHL came back during the 2009-10 season when he had a pair of games with 28-plus minutes of action. Talk about trial by fire.

Ericsson has played three games for Vita Hasten in the Swedish second league but won’t be returning thanks to tax regulations in Sweden.

He might have to get used to those big minutes because he could wind up being a bigger blue line factor for Detroit should this season happen.

  1. polegojim - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    The big man needs the conditioning… to learn how to play up to his size.

    Still has not achieved that.

    • octopusthrower - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      I agree, Ericsson looked sluggish a lot last year. Lot’s of work to do on the blue line next year. I’ve got high hopes for Brendan Smith.

  2. danphipps01 - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    This is why you don’t take offseason conditioning tips from Dustin Byfuglien.

  3. valoisvipers - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Maybe Holland should send him to train with Gary Roberts.

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