I just saw the thread about the best Finish player, and I was thinking, who's the best Swedish player ever to play in the NHL?
This is my take list:
1) Nicklas Lidström
Mr. Perfect played 20 perfect seasons for the Red Wings, he was the first Swede to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, won seven Norris Trophies, was the first European ever to captain a team to the Cup. He is, to me, the second best defenseman ever to play the game.
He is one of the most consistent players ever to play in the NHL.
2) Peter Forsberg
Forsberg in his prime was arguably one of the best players ever to play in the NHL, his mix of physicality, defensive awareness and offensive game was unique, his point per game ratio is by far the highest of any Swedish player. He was also great in the playoffs; he missed the entire 2001/02 season due to injurys, came back in the playoffs and won the post season scoring race, while only making it to the semifinals. He was also the first Swedish player ever to win the Art Ross.
But as a Swede, he'll always be remembered for this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vFu-PmXizs the goal that gave us our first ever Olympic gold medal! (He also had an assist on Lidström's goal that gave us our second.)
When Forsberg wasn't injured he was the best Swedish player out there.
3) Mats Sundin
One of the best leaders ever; say what you want about the Leafs, but Sundin was class. His line-mates were never half the player he was, yet he still managed to get a PPG over 1.0. He was always the captain for Team Sweden, as was loved by the people. In 1991 he scored http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhqvTpJyHTssomething that resulted in Sweden winning the WCs. (International tournaments are a WAY bigger deal in Europe than they are in North America.)
4) Börje Salming
The guy who single handedly got rid of the term "Chicken Swedes". Salming played the game with grace, but also with power. Him and Sundin are the only Swedes in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Lidström also stated that playing with Salming in in the 1991 SC's was one of the greatest moments of his career.
5) Markus Näslund
Nothing needs to be said.
8) Henrik Lundqvist
King Henrik has recorded 30 or more wins every season of his career, been nominated to the Vezina Trophy four times, won it one time, and the Hart and Ted Lindsey once. He's got one Olympic gold, and two World Championship silver medals.
9) Daniel Alfredsson
If you've scored more than a thousand points in your career and been the captain of a NHL team for more than twelve years, then you're on the list.
10) Pelle Lindbergh
He would probably have been much higher on the list, had he not died very tragically at the age of 26. But he still managed to win the Vezina once, play two All Star Games and get one First All Star Team placement.
What would your top ten look like?
Edited by Grammar Police, 30 August 2012 - 09:06 PM.