Over the years in the NHL, Sweden has consistently showcased a great amount of talent, and skill coming from the European country.
Let’s take a look at the top Swedish NHL players of all-time.
5. Daniel Alfredsson:
Drafted 133rd overall by Ottawa in 1994, Daniel Alfredsson would go on to play 1,246 games, and score 444 goals.
The six time all-star would also add 713 assists for a total 1,157 career points.
As a rookie in 1996, Alfredsson was awarded the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year.
Alfredsson would also be awarded the King Clancy Memorial Award in 2012, and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2013.
Although the Swede would lead several playoff runs for the Senators, including a Stanley Cup appearance in 2006 against Anaheim, Alfredsson was never able to bring the Stanley Cup to Ottawa.
4. The Sedins:
Now this may be controversial, however I feel the Sedin twins should be considered as one dominant unit.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin were drafted Second and Third overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks and would play from 2001-2018 all for Vancouver.
Daniel was always the scorer, recording 393 goals to Henrik’s 240; however with Henrik being the play maker, he would record 830 assists to Daniel’s 648 assists giving him 1,070 career points to Daniel’s 1,041.
Both were awarded the Art Ross Trophy once in their career Daniel winning it in 2011, and Henrik in 2010.
However, Daniel Sedin would also be awarded the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player in 2011, and Henrik Sedin would be awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP in 2010.
two would lead the Canucks to a President’s Trophy, and the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, falling to the Boston Bruins in seven games.
In 2018 the Sedin twins were awarded the King Clancy Memorial Award together; Henrik was also awarded this in 2016 as well.
The only thing holding these two back is the fact that they were not able to win the Stanley Cup in their time in Vancouver.
3. Peter Forsberg:
Despite only playing in 708 games due to injuries, Peter Forsberg still was able to score 249 goals, and record 636 assists for 885 points in his career.
As a rookie in 1995, Forsberg was awarded the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year.
Forsberg would also win two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, and 2001.
After returning from injury, 2003 was Peter Forsberg’s year.
He would win the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP, and would also be awarded the Art Ross Trophy with a league best 106 points on the season.
Had Forsberg played even just 1,000 games, which is still less than anyone else on this list, it would be crazy what he would have been able to accomplish.
2. Mats Sundin:
Drafted 1st overall in the 1989 Draft by Quebec, Sundin would record at least 70 points in every season other than his rookie, the shortened season due to the lockout, and his half season in Vancouver.
Only if Sundin had been on a team other than Toronto during his prime.
Sundin was the first Swedish player to score 500 goals in the NHL, recording a total of 564 goals.
In his 1,346 games played, Mats Sundin would record 1,349 points; that’s over a point a game for a career of over 1,300 games played.
The nine time all-star would also rack up 1,093 penalty minutes in his career.
However, Sundin was unable to win a Stanley Cup during his time in the NHL.
1. Nicklas Lidstrom:
Drafted 53rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 Draft, Lidstrom would go on to play from 1992-2012 all in Detroit.
In 1,564 games played, Lidstrom scored 264 goals, and 878 assists, for 1,142 points as a Defenseman.
Lidstrom also played in a total of 12 all-star games, and it could have more due to Lidstrom purposefully declining to play in all-star games in order to rest. (Sounds a little like Ovechkin right now)
The Swedish Defenseman won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008; he would also be awarded the Conn Smythe in 2002 as playoffs MVP.
The two most impressive stats that Lidstrom has are his plus-minus, and his Norris Trophies.
Nicklas Lidstrom had a career plus-minus of 450, and was awarded the Norris Trophy seven times over the course of his career as league’s best Defenseman in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011.
Lidstrom: www.hhof.com www.theglobeandmail.com
Sundin: www.mytwoyenworth.com www.eliteprospects.com
Sedins: www.CBC.ca www.sportsnet.ca
Forsberg: www.pinterest.com www.NHL.com www.milehighhockey.com
Alfredsson: www.ottawacitizen.com www.senschirp.com www.ottawasun.com
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