If it makes you feel any better, according to Calgary Flames prospect Lucas Feuk, even Swedes struggle to pronounce his last name. For the record it rhymes with “yolk,” not with any English curse words.
In a lot of ways, Feuk is a fairly typical pick from Brad Treliving’s amateur scouting regime. He’s listed at six feet and 185 pounds, so he’s not a Herculean presence but like fellow Flames prospect Martin Pospisil he has a high motor and a physical edge to his game. Feuk had 43 points and 84 penalty minutes in 43 games with Sodertalje SK in the Swedish SuperElit junior circuit – Treliving dubbed him “competitive” at the draft.
“I am a physical guy,” noted Feuk after an on-ice session at Flames development camp. “In Sweden it’s easy to get a penalty, I think. If you play hard, it can be a penalty but I think that’s my game. And offensively.”
While he spent much of the 2018-19 campaign in the under-20 domestic circuit, Feuk made his pro debut for Sodertalje in HockeyAllsvenskan – Sweden’s secondary pro league. He noted a few differences between players at the U20 and pro levels.
“The power and the speed for the older guys,” said Feuk. “That’s what I’m going to take the next step next year to be like them.”
Over the past few seasons, the Flames have seemingly built a conveyor belt between Sweden and Calgary. Feuk is the 8th Swede on the club’s reserve list, joining 2015 picks Rasmus Andersson and Oliver Kylington, more recent selections Linus Lindstrom and Filip Sveningsson, and longtime Flame forward Mikael Backlund.
“Backlund sent me a message after the draft to congratulate me,” shared Feuk, agreeing with the assessment of the club’s Swedes as friendly. “He’s a really nice guy… Swedes are like that. It’s really good.”
Feuk is under contract to Sodertalje for the 2019-20 and hopes to take what he learned playing against older players at Flames development camp and use it for a full season in Allsvenskan. Rather than make declarations about his plans after this season, he’s hoping to see how things go and then make a decision on his future from there.