Marcus Nilson

Marcus Rolf Börje Nilson (born March 1, 1978) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player, who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames.

Marcus Nilson
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Born (1978-03-01) March 1, 1978 (age 44)
Bålsta, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for Djurgårdens IF
Florida Panthers
Calgary Flames
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
HV71
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 20th overall, 1996
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1995–2015

Playing careerEdit

Nilson was drafted in the first round, 20th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. His hockey style is quite adverse from the typical style of Swedish hockey players. His grit and intensity, especially among the boards, earned him the role of a dependable checker with the ability to add the odd goal/assist.

A talent of Djurgårdens IF in Sweden, Nilson moved to North America in 1998 and played most of his first two years in the American Hockey League.

After three full seasons with the Panthers, he was traded to the Calgary Flames on March 8, 2004, for a second round draft pick (used to select David Booth). In his first opportunity to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Nilson reached the finals and recorded 11 points in 26 playoffs games. He would play for three more years with Calgary.

In the summer of 2008, the Flames placed Nilson on waivers and after clearing without being claimed by another club, he was loaned to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the season. Nilson returned to Djurgården for the 2009–10 season, signing a one-year contract.[1] He led his team to the playoffs after scoring 24 goals and 51 points. Nilson kept producing points during the playoffs and Djurgården reached the finals against HV71, which they lost four games to two.

Nilson played with the New Jersey Devils on a try-out contract in September 2010, but was ultimately not offered a contract to play the season.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Djurgårdens IF J20 24 7 8 15 22
1995–96 Djurgårdens IF J20 25 19 17 36 46
1995–96 Djurgårdens IF SEL 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Djurgårdens IF J20 12 10 8 18 4
1996–97 Djurgårdens IF SEL 37 0 3 3 33 4 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Djurgårdens IF SEL 41 4 7 11 18 15 2 1 3 16
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 8 1 1 2 5
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 69 8 25 33 10
1999–2000 Louisville Panthers AHL 64 9 23 32 52 4 0 0 0 2
1999–2000 Florida Panthers NHL 9 0 2 2 2
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 78 12 24 36 74
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 81 14 19 33 55
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 82 15 19 34 31
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 69 6 13 19 26
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 14 5 0 5 14 26 4 7 11 12
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 48 17 22 39 110 7 1 2 3 10
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 70 6 11 17 32
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 63 5 10 15 27 6 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 47 3 2 5 4 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 36 5 3 8 30 15 3 1 4 28
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF SEL 53 24 27 51 32 16 4 9 13 6
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF SEL 39 7 16 23 38 7 0 3 3 2
2011–12 Djurgårdens IF SEL 51 11 21 32 45
2012–13 HV71 SEL 53 18 16 34 37 5 0 1 1 0
2013–14 HV71 SHL 54 5 12 17 22 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 HV71 SHL 22 3 2 5 20
2014–15 Djurgårdens IF SHL 7 1 2 3 2
SHL totals 416 90 128 218 357 57 7 16 23 34
NHL totals 521 67 101 168 270 34 4 7 11 14

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Sweden EJC18   5 4 4 8 0
1996 Sweden EJC18   5 3 5 8 10
1996 Sweden WJC   7 3 5 8 12
1997 Sweden WJC 8th 6 0 4 4 29
1998 Sweden WJC 6th 7 3 5 8 4
2003 Sweden WC   1 0 0 0 0
2004 Sweden WCH 5th 4 1 0 1 4
2008 Sweden WC 4th 9 4 2 6 2
2009 Sweden WC   9 3 3 6 6
2010 Sweden WC   9 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 30 13 23 36 55
Senior totals 32 9 6 15 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marcus Nilson klar för Djurgården". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2009-07-10. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  2. ^ Bengtson, Jan (29 September 2010). "Marcus Nilson utan NHL-kontrakt". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 September 2010.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by Florida Panthers first round draft pick
1996
Succeeded by