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Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson[1] (born 31 October 1996) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player for the Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Forsbacka Karlsson was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round (45th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson
Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson.jpg
Forsbacka Karlsson in 2017
Born (1996-10-31) 31 October 1996 (age 22)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
SHL team
Former teams
Växjö Lakers
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 45th overall, 2015
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2017–present

Playing careerEdit

For the 2013–14 season, Forsbacka Karlsson moved to North America to play with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).[3] During the 2014–15 season, Forsbacka Karlsson led the Lancers in scoring with 53 points in 50 games.[4] He was selected to participate in the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game[5] where he was named his team's the most valuable player.

Forsbacka Karlsson committed to play the 2015–16 season with Boston University,[6] and following the 2016–17 Terriers' run for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, as announced on 2 April 2017, Forsbacka Karlsson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins.[7] Following a call up from the Providence Bruins to Boston to help bolster the Bruins' injury-riddled lineup in November 2018, Forsbacka Karlsson scored his first NHL goal on 17 November 2018, in a 2–1 loss the Arizona Coyotes.[8]

Having completed his entry-level contract at the conclusion of the 2018–19 season, Forsbacka Karlsson split the season between Boston and Providence, establishing new career marks in the NHL with 9 points in 28 games.

As an impending restricted free agent, and with the Bruins in the midst of their playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals, Forsbacka Karlsson opted to pause his NHL career and return to Sweden after six years, citing family reasons. He signed a two-year contract in the SHL with the Växjö Lakers on 21 May 2019.[9]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
  2013 Quebec

Forsbacka Karlsson helped Swedish team win the gold medal at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.[10] He also competed with Sweden at both the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Linköpings HC J20 31 9 7 16 26 5 0 2 2 4
2013–14 Omaha Lancers USHL 60 11 22 33 26 4 0 1 1 4
2014–15 Omaha Lancers USHL 50 15 38 53 38
2015–16 Boston University HE 39 10 20 30 28
2016–17 Boston University HE 39 14 19 33 32
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Providence Bruins AHL 58 15 17 32 26 4 1 0 1 2
2018–19 Providence Bruins AHL 28 7 9 16 6 4 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Boston Bruins NHL 28 3 6 9 2
NHL totals 29 3 6 9 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Sweden U17   6 2 3 5 2
2013 Sweden WJC18 5th 5 0 1 1 10
2014 Sweden WJC18 4th 5 0 2 2 6
2016 Sweden WJC 4th 7 1 4 5 2
Junior totals 23 3 10 13 20

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
J18 Elit
Most Points by U16 Player (32) 2011–12 [12]
USHL
CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game 2015 [13]
Team West MVP 2015
Third All-Star Team 2015
College
HE All-Rookie Team 2016
International
World U-17 Hockey Challenge gold medal 2013 [14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boston University". Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson Bio.
  2. ^ "Wheeler's Top 60 Prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft by League (February)". McKeen's Hockey. 4 February 2015.
  3. ^ Brian Franken (26 May 2015). "Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson: 2015 NHL Draft Prospect Profile". All About The Jersey.
  4. ^ "Prospect of Interest: The 411 on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson". Sportsnet.ca.
  5. ^ "TWO LANCERS STILL BEING EYED BY NHL". Omaha Lancers. 21 January 2015.
  6. ^ Chris Dilks (10 October 2014). "Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson Commits to Boston University". SB Nation College Hockey.
  7. ^ "B's Sign Forsbacka Karlsson To Entry-Level Contract". Boston Bruins. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  8. ^ Russo, Eric (18 November 2018). "Bruins Grind Out Win in Arizona". nhl.com/bruins. Boston Bruins. Retrieved 18 November 2018. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson notched his first career goal only 1:12 into the contest after potting a rebound off a Noel Acciari (first point of the season) wrap-around attempt
  9. ^ "Right wing Forsbacka Karlsson signed and ready" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson". USA Hockey. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Forsbacka Karlsson, Jakob". National Hockey League. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Hockey Awards J18 Elit". eliteprospects.com. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Team East Wins USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game". USHL. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Sweden claim gold in Quebec". Hockey Canada. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.

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