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Samuelsson with the Canucks in 2010
Born December 23, 1976 (1976-12-23) (age 33),
Mariefred, Sweden
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Vancouver Canucks
Florida Panthers
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
Detroit Red Wings
Ntl. team  Sweden
NHL Draft 145th overall, 1998
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1996 – present

Mikael Samuelsson (born December 23, 1976) is a Swedish professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Samuelsson began his career in the Swedish Elitserien, playing for Södertälje SK, Frölunda HC and Brynäs IF. He was drafted in 1998 by the San Jose Sharks 145th overall and moved to the NHL in 2000–01. After short stints with the Sharks, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers, he emerged with the Detroit Red Wings after the 2004–05 NHL lockout, remaining with the club for four seasons.

Internationally, Samuelsson has won two gold medals in three appearances with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2006 World Championships. He is a member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club, having also won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008.

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Playing career

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Swedish career (1996–2000)

Samuelsson began his career in the Elitserien with Södertälje SK. He scored 6 points in 29 games during his rookie season in 1996–97. After improving to 16 points the following season, he was drafted in the fifth round, 145th overall, by the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Upon being drafted, he remained in Sweden for two more seasons. As Södertälje SK was demoted to the second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan in 1998–99, Samuelsson joined Frölunda HC to remain in the Elitserien, playing with both teams over the course of the season. While he scored above a point-per-game pace in the HockeyAllsvenskan, he managed just five points in 27 games with Frolunda HC in the Elitserien. The following season in 1999–00, his last in Sweden, Samuelsson moved to Brynäs IF of the Elitserien and recorded seven points in 40 games.

Early NHL career (2000–2005)

Samuelsson moved to North America in 2000–01 to join the Sharks organization. He played in four NHL games and did not register any points while playing the majority of the season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with San Jose's minor league affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades. The following season he signed with the New York Rangers. Over the two seasons that he played for New York, he scored 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points. During the 2002–03 season he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Samuelsson would go on to score two goals in 22 games. Looking to move up in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft the Penguins traded him, along with their first and second round picks (Nathan Horton and Stefan Meyer), to the Florida Panthers in exchange for the first overall pick that year (used to pick goaltender Marc-André Fleury) and a third round pick (Daniel Carcillo) on June 21, 2003.[1][2] Samuelsson spent most of his time with the Panthers on the injured reserve list, beginning with a fractured jaw, suffered on November 22, 2003, after receiving a high-stick from Branislav Mezei.[3]. He did not return until January 22, 2004, missing 22 games. Twelve days later, on January 23, 2004, Samuelsson fractured his hand.[4] He missed another 21 games before returning on March 9, 2004. After scoring nine points in 37 games, Samuelsson did not receive a qualifying offer from the Panthers, making him an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his professional career.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Samuelsson played in Europe, returning to Södertälje SK of the Elitserien while also playing for Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss Nationalliga A.

Detroit Red Wings (2005–2009)

Samuelsson with the Red Wings in 2006

With NHL play set to resume, Samuelsson was contacted by Håkan Andersson, Director of European Scouting of the Detroit Red Wings, in the summer of 2005. Without an NHL contract, Samuelsson was recommended by Andersson to Detroit and he was subsequently signed to a one-year contract.[5][6] During his first season with the Red Wings, Samuelsson recorded career NHL highs in all statistical categories with 23 goals, 22 assists and 45 points in 71 games. In March 2006, Samuelsson signed a three-year contract extension with the Red Wings[7] and recorded 34 points in 53 games the following season.

After a 40-point campaign in 2007–08, Samuelsson was an important piece of the Red Wings' championship run, scoring the first two goals in game one of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. He soon raised the Stanley Cup after the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. He finished the post-season with 13 points in 22 games. The victory made Samuelsson a member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club, having won gold medals at the Winter Olympics and World Championships two years prior in 2006, along with teammates and fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall.

The following season, Samuelsson recorded a second consecutive 40-point campaign in 2008–09 and came within a game of repeating as Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, losing to the Penguins in a seven-game rematch of the previous year.

Vancouver Canucks (2009–present)

In the summer of 2009, Samuelsson signed a three year deal with the Vancouver Canucks worth $2.5 million a year on July 3.[8] He scored his first goal as a Canuck in the 2009–10 season opener against the Calgary Flames in a 5–3 loss on October 1.[9] On March 9, 2010, Samuelsson scored his first career hat trick in a 6–4 win against the Colorado Avalanche. All three goals were scored in the second period and assisted by countryman Henrik Sedin.[10] He continued to score the following three games to earn NHL First Star of the Week honours on March 15 for notching six goals and four assists in four games from March 8–14.[11] Shortly thereafter, on March 16, Samuelsson was sidelined, injuring his shoulder in a game against the New York Islanders.[12]

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2006 Turin
World Championship
Gold 2006 Latvia

Samuelsson debuted for Sweden at the 2005 World Championships in Austria. He recorded five points in nine games as Sweden finished in fourth place, losing the bronze medal game to Russia. The following year, he was named to Team Sweden for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He contributed four points in eight games playing on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.[13] Sweden won a gold medal at the tournament, defeating Finland in the final for their first Olympic championship since 1994. Later that year, Samuelsson played for Sweden at the 2006 World Championships in Latvia, where he won another gold medal. Sweden beat the Czech Republic as Samuelsson completed the tournament with an international career high nine points in eight games.

After not being picked by the Swedish Olympic hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Samuelsson told reporters, "I pretty much have one comment and maybe I'll regret it. But they (Team Sweden Officials) can go fuck themselves."[14] Sweden went on to lose to Slovakia in the quarterfinal, failing to medal.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Södertälje SK SEL 29 4 2 6 10
1997–98 Södertälje SK SEL 31 8 8 16 47
1998–99 Frölunda HC SEL 27 0 5 5 10
1998–99 Södertälje SK Swe-2 18 13 10 23 26
1999–00 Brynäs IF SEL 40 4 3 7 76
2000–01 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 66 32 46 78 58 3 1 0 1 0
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 8 3 6 9 12
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 67 6 10 16 23
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 58 8 14 22 32
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 2 0 2 8
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 37 3 6 9 35
2004–05 Genève-Servette HC Swiss-A 12 2 4 6 14
2004–05 Södertälje SK SEL 29 7 13 20 45 10 3 3 6 24
2005–06 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss-A 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 23 22 45 42 6 0 1 1 6
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 53 14 20 34 28 18 3 8 11 14
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 11 29 40 26 22 5 8 13 8
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 19 21 40 50 23 5 5 10 6
NHL totals 466 86 122 208 244 69 13 22 35 34

International

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Sweden WC 9 1 4 5 4
2006 Sweden Oly 8 1 3 4 2
2006 Sweden WC 8 4 5 9 4
Int'l totals 25 6 12 18 10

References

  1. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2003/06/21/panthers_pens030620.html
  2. ^ "Panthers swap No. 1 pick to Penguins". 2003. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2383754. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2003/11/24/mezeipanthers031124.html
  4. ^ "Mikael Samuelsson Bio - Transactions / Injuries / Suspensions". 2009. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=1698. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Sammy's getting comfortable". 2009-05-26. http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2009/05/26/sports/srv0000005428543.txt. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Red Wings sign Samuelsson". 2005. http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/09/234824.html. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 
  7. ^ "Samuelsson signs extension with Red Wings". 2006. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2383754. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 
  8. ^ "Canucks sign Red Wings' Samuelsson". Vancouver Sun. 2009-07-03. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Canucks+sign+Wings+Mikael+Samuelsson/1756744/story.html. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Flames sweat out win over Canucks". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-10-02. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/10/02/sp-nhl-van-cgy.html. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  10. ^ "Canucks rally late to beat Avs to maintain division lead". The Sports Network. 2010-03-10. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=313274. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Canucks' Samuelsson named 1st star". CBC Sports. 2010-03-15. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2010/03/15/sp-nhl-stars.html. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  12. ^ "Canucks lose Samuelsson for 2-to-3 weeks; Grabner recalled". The Sports Network. 2010-03-17. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=314385. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  13. ^ "Sedins named to Swedish Olympic roster; Samuelsson and Edler are not". Vancouver Sun. 2009-12-27. http://www.canada.com/sports/2010wintergames/Sedins+named+Swedish+Olympic+roster+Samuelsson+Edler/2384131/story.html. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  14. ^ "Samuelsson outraged by Olympic hockey snub". The Local, Sweden's News in English. 2009-12-29. http://www.thelocal.se/24104/20091229/. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 

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