Jacob Nilsson (born 12 October 1993) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1]

Jacob Nilsson
Born (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 26)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Mora IK
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

Playing careerEdit

Nilsson made his Swedish Hockey League (SHL) debut during the 2017–18 season, playing in 40 games for Mora IK. He made his SHL debut and recorded his first SHL goal on 19 October 2017 against Frölunda HC.[2] On 25 February, Nilsson was fined 13,000 Swedish krona and suspended three games due to an altercation with Rögle BK player Linus Sandin.[3] On 23 April, Nilsson was named to Sweden's National Team to compete at the 2018 Sweden Hockey Games,[4] but was not selected for the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[5] However, due to his success in the SHL and with the Swedish national team, Nilsson created interest from both the National Hockey League in North America and the Kontinental Hockey League.[6]

On 31 May 2018, as a free agent, the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League signed Nilsson to a one year contract.[7] Nilsson then moved to North American to join the Blackhawks organization. While attending the Blackhawks training camp, Nilsson was assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, on 21 September.[8] After playing 31 games for the IceHogs, and earning 14 points, Nilsson was called up to the NHL for the first time on 22 December.[9] He made his NHL debut the following day in a 6–3 loss to the Florida Panthers.[10]

On 19 April 2019, the Blackhawks signed Nilsson to a one-year contract extension.[11] He was subsequently assigned to the Rockford IceHogs and named an assistant captain alongside Matthew Highmore and Tyler Sikura.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Tingsryds AIF J20 4 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Tingsryds AIF J20 41 11 9 20 22
2011–12 Tingsryds AIF J20 30 4 11 15 28
2011–12 Tingsryds AIF Allsv 11 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Tingsryds AIF J20 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Tingsryds AIF Allsv 50 4 3 7 24
2013–14 Tingsryds AIF Div.1 38 4 19 23 34 17 2 4 6 8
2014–15 Tingsryds AIF Div.1 32 4 24 28 49 16 3 7 10 10
2015–16 Mora IK Allsv 47 9 10 19 20 3 1 0 1 2
2016–17 Mora IK Allsv 46 20 22 42 65 6 2 3 5 25
2017–18 Mora IK SHL 40 8 10 18 14
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 61 15 17 32 22
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
SHL totals 40 8 10 18 14
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jacob Nilsson". Elite Prospects.
  2. ^ "Jacob Nilsson räddade en poäng mot Frölunda". moraik.se. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Mora tappar nyckelspelaren – fälls för knätackling". hockeysverige.se. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Jacob Nilsson uttagen till Sweden Hockey Games". moraik.se. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  5. ^ "De petas från Tre Kronor inför VM". expressen.se. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Petad från VM – jagas i NHL". expressen.se. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  7. ^ Craig, Alex (31 May 2018). "Blackhawks sign forward Jacob Nilsson to a one-year contract". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  8. ^ "BLACKHAWKS ASSIGN SIX PLAYERS TO ROCKFORD". icehogs.com. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  9. ^ "RELEASE: Blackhawks recall Nilsson, assign Johnson". NHL.com. 22 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  10. ^ King, Scott (23 December 2018). "Hawryluk's first two NHL goals help Panthers defeat Blackhawks". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018. Blackhawks forward Jacob Nilsson made his NHL debut
  11. ^ "RELEASE: Blackhawks agree to extension with Nilsson". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Kris Versteeg Named 2019-20 Team Captain". icehogs.com. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.

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