Swedish Hockey Players in the National Hockey League 2013-2014 Season

Sweden NHL players

By Bengt Eriksson

When the 2013-2014 National Hockey League (NHL) season began in early October, 60 Swedish players were on the starting rosters of the 30 NHL teams. That’s 10 more than what started the season last year. Some players have retired and many others have returned to Sweden to resume their careers in Swedish hockey. Each season many new Swedish players come to the NHL hoping to have a successful career in hockey’s top league which is the NHL. This season is no exception. 

24 of the 30 NHL teams have at least one swedish player on their roster. Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins  and Columbus Blue Jackets are the six teams that did not have a single Swedish player on opening night. 

Through the years on one NHL team has been called “The Swedish Club” because of the number of Swedish players in their roster. Again this year the honour goes to the Detroit Red Wings. They have nine Swedes on their roster. Nashville Predators come in second with six Swedes. They’re followed by Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils with four each. 

Many hockey experts are amazed that a small country like Sweden can produce so many outstanding hockey players. The talents seems to grow each season. With 60 players in the NHL this year it only confirms that amazement. 

Following is a list of the Swedish players that started the season in the NHL. Their names, their NHL teams, and their birthplace.

Name  NHL Team Birthplace
David Ullström NewYork Islanders Jönköping
Mikael Backlund Calgary Flames Västerås
Tomas Enström Winnipeg Jets Nordingrå
Jacob Markström Florida Panthers Gävle
Jonas Brodin Minnesota Wild Karlstad
Douglas Murray Montreal Canadiens Bromma
Carl Gunnarsson Toronto Maple Leafs Örebro
Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche Stockholm
Anton Lander Edmonton Oilers Sundsvall
Anders Lindbäck Tamba Bay Lightning Gävle
Victor Hedman Tamba Bay Lightning Örsköldsvik
Patrik Berglund St. Louis Blues Västerås
Magnus Pääjärvi St. Louis Blues Norrköping
Carl Söderberg Boston Bruins Malmö
Loui Eriksson Boston Bruins Göteborg
Nicklas Bäckström Washington Capitals Gävle
Marcus Johansson Washington Capitals Landskrona
David Rundblad Phoenix Coyotes Lycksele
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Phoenix Coyotes Karlskrona
Robin Lehner Ottawa Senators Göteborg
Mika Zibanejad Ottawa Senators Stockholm
Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators Landsbro
Jhonas Enroth Buffalo Sabres Stockholm
HenrikTallinder Buffalo Sabres Stockholm
Johan Larsson Buffalo Sabres Lau
Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers Åre
Carl Hagelin New York Rangers Södertälje
Anton Strålman New York Rangers Tibro
Johnny Oduya Chicago Blackhawks Stockholm
Niklas Hjalmarsson Chicago Blackhawks Eksjö
Marcus Krüger Chicago Blackhawks Stockholm
Viktor Fasth Anaheim Ducks Kalix
Rickard Rakell Anaheim Ducks Sundbyberg
Jakob Silfverberg Anaheim Ducks Gävle
Andreas Lilja Philadelphia Flyers Helsingborg
Nicklas Grossman Philadelphia Flyers Stockholm
Erik Gustafsson Philadelphia Flyers Kvissleby
Eddie Läck Vancouver Canucks Norrtälje
Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks Örnsköldsvik
Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks Örnsköldsvik
Alexander Edler Vancouver Canucks Östersund
Magnus Hellberg Nashville Predators Uppsala
Viktor Stålberg Nashville Predators Göteborg
Daniel Bang Nashville Predators Stockholm
Mattias Ekholm Nashville Predators Borlänge
Filip Forsberg Nashville Predators Östervåla
Patric Hörnqvist Nashville Predators Sollentuna
Adam Larsson New Jersey Devils Skellefteå
Jacob Josefson New Jersey Devils Stockholm
Mattias Tedenby New Jersey Devils Vetlanda
Alexander Urbom New Jersey Devils Stockholm
Daniel Alfredsson Detroit Red Wings Göteborg
Joakim Andersson Detroit Red Wings Munkedal
Jonas Gustavsson Detroit Red Wings Danderyd
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings Njurunda
Gustav Nyquist Detroit Red Wings Halmstad
Niklas Kronwall Detroit Red Wings Stockholm
Jonathan Ericsson Detroit Red Wings Karlskrona
Johan Franzén Detroit Red Wings Vetlanda
Mikael Samuelsson Detroit Red Wings Mariefred