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Alexander Wennberg (born 22 September 1994) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, currently playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Before joining the NHL, Wennberg played professionally in the Swedish Hockey League.

Alexander Wennberg
Alexander Wennberg - Columbus Blue Jackets.jpg
Wennberg in November 2014.
Born (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 24)
Nacka, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Djurgårdens IF
Frölunda HC
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 14th overall, 2013
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2011–present

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Playing careerEdit

In 2010–11 Wennberg joined the Djurgården U18 team, with 11 goals and 23 assists he excelled. The next year he moved up to the U20 team with Djurgården and also represented Sweden in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge and 2012 U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. He also spent time with Djurgården's Elitserien team but did not appear in any games.[1]

Wennberg was rated 5th out of all 2013 NHL Entry Draft eligible European skaters, and was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (14th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Blue Jackets in May 2014.[2]

Wennberg made his NHL debut on 9 October 2014 against the Buffalo Sabres, where he also recorded his first NHL point.[3] He was re-assigned to the Springfield Falcons, after playing in seven NHL games, when defenceman Ryan Murray was activated off injured reserve.[3] His demotion was shortlived, however, as he was recalled back to the NHL the following day when the Blue Jackets placed Matt Calvert on injured reserve.[4] Wennberg recorded his first career NHL goal in a 5–1 loss to the Nashville Predators on 22 December.[5]

Wennberg missed the first five games of the 2015–16 season to recover from a concussion he obtained during the Blue Jackets season opener against the New York Rangers.[6] After returning, Wennberg was again injured in early November and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.[7]

The following season, Wennberg played in nearly every game of the season and achieved career highs in goals and assists. On 1 September 2017, Wennberg signed a 6-year, $29.4 million extension with the Blue Jackets, carrying an annual cap hit of $4.9 million.[8]

During the first game of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Wennberg was injured by a check from Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson and was removed from the game.[9] Due to this, the Blue Jackets earned a power play, which they scored on, tying the game. The Blue Jackets went on to win the game in overtime.[10] Wennberg played two more games in the series but the Blue Jackets failed to advance.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Djurgårdens IF J20 42 1 18 19 6 3 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Djurgårdens IF SHL 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Djurgårdens IF J20 2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Djurgårdens IF Allsv 46 14 18 32 14 3 0 3 3 0
2013–14 Frölunda HC SHL 50 16 5 21 8 7 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 68 4 16 20 22
2014–15 Springfield Falcons AHL 6 0 3 3 12
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 69 8 32 40 2
2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 13 46 59 21 5 0 1 1 2
2017–18 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 66 8 27 35 12 3 1 1 2 0
2018–19 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 75 2 23 25 12 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 358 35 144 179 69 12 1 2 3 2
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Sweden
World Junior Championships
  2014 Malmö
  2013 Ufa
World U18 Championships
  2012 Brno

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Sweden WJC18   6 3 6 9 0
2013 Sweden WJC   6 2 1 3 0
2014 Sweden WJC   7 3 4 7 2
2016 Sweden WC 6th 8 1 7 8 4
2019 Sweden WC 5th 6 3 7 10 0
Junior totals 19 8 11 19 2
Senior totals 14 4 14 18 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hockey's Future – History". Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ "BLUE JACKETS SIGN 19-YEAR-OLD SWEDISH CENTRE ALEXANDER WENNBERG TO 3-YEAR, ENTRY-LEVEL DEAL". thehockeynews.com. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Alexander Wennberg reassigned to Springfield Falcons by Columbus Blue Jackets". masslive.com. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets recall Alexander Wennberg from Springfield Falcons after injury to Matt Calvert". masslive.com. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  5. ^ Mixer, Rob (22 December 2014). "Post Game: Predators 5, Blue Jackets 1". NHL.com. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Blue Jackets activate center Alexander Wennberg off injured reserve". NHL.com. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Wennberg out two weeks with foot injury". foxsports.com. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Jackets sign Wennberg to six-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  9. ^ Sachdeva, Sonny (12 April 2018). "Blue Jackets' Wennberg knocked out of Game 1 after hit from Wilson". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Tom Wilson says his hit on Alexander Wennberg 'cost us the game'". sportsnet.ca. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Murray
Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Kerby Rychel