Anton Strålman

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Anton Strålman
Anton Stralman - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Stralman with the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2014
Born (1986-08-01) August 1, 1986 (age 28)
Tibro, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Timrå IK
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 216th overall, 2005
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2003–present
Website stralman.com

Anton Strålman (born August 1, 1986) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Strålman has also played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the organization that drafted him in the seventh round, 216th overall, in 2005, as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers, the latter with which he made the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals with.

Playing career[edit]

Strålman with the New York Rangers in March 2013

Strålman was selected on July 30, 2005, by the Toronto Maple Leafs as their fifth draft choice, 216th overall. He was picked in the seventh and final round of the post-lockout 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Earlier the same year, on April 4, Strålman had signed a two-year contract with Timrå IK of the Swedish Elitserien.[1]

During the following 2005–06 season, Strålman adapted to Elitserien quickly and became a team regular. On January 20, 2006, this effort was recognized when he was named the third of four candidates for the 2006 Elitserien Rookie of the Year. The award was eventually won by forward Nicklas Bäckström.[2]

On May 16, 2007, Strålman signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He made his North American professional debut on October 6, 2007, with the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Maple Leafs, and made his NHL debut on October 23 in a home game against the Atlanta Thrashers.[3][4] On March 21, 2008, he scored his first career NHL goal in a game against the Buffalo Sabres, then recorded his first multi-goal game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 29.

During the 2009 off-season, Strålman was traded twice. On July 27, he was traded to the Calgary Flames, along with Colin Stuart and a seventh-round draft pick in 2012, in exchange for Wayne Primeau and a second-round pick in the 2011. Several months later, on September 28, he was traded by the Flames to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third-round pick in 2010.

As a free agent after the 2010–11 season, Strålman was on a try-out contract with the New Jersey Devils, but did not stick with the team when the final team roster was released. On November 3, he then signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.[5] As a restricted free agent at the end of the season, he initially planned to bring the Rangers to a salary arbitrator, but on July 26, 2012, he signed a two-year, $3.4 million contract with New York. During the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, Strålman helped the Rangers reach the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, where they were ultimately defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

On July 1, 2014, Strålman left the Rangers organization as an unrestricted free agent and signed a five-year, $22 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[6] In the 2014–15 season, he set career-highs in goals (9), assists (30) and points (39) in his first season with the Lightning, helping the team reach the 2015 playoffs.

Career statistics[edit]

Strålman with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Skövde IK Swe.2 43 8 10 18 22
2004–05 Skövde IK Swe.1 41 9 9 18 34
2005–06 Timrå IK SEL 45 1 4 5 28
2006–07 Timrå IK SEL 53 10 11 21 34 7 1 3 4 10
2007–08 Toronto Marlies AHL 21 0 11 11 22
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 3 6 9 18
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 36 7 9 16 24 6 1 2 3 0
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 1 12 13 20
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 73 6 28 34 37
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 51 1 17 18 22
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 53 2 16 18 20 20 3 3 6 4
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 48 4 3 7 16 10 0 0 0 0
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 81 1 12 13 26 25 0 5 5 4
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 9 30 39 26
SHL totals 98 11 15 26 62 7 1 3 4 10
NHL totals 476 27 94 124 151 55 3 8 11 8
Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Switzerland

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Sweden WJC 6th 5 0 0 0 2
2006 Sweden WJC 5th 6 0 1 1 6
2007 Sweden WC 4th 9 1 1 2 0
2008 Sweden WC 4th 8 4 3 7 31
2009 Sweden WC 3rd 7 1 4 5 6
Junior totals 11 0 1 1 8
Senior totals 24 6 8 14 37

Awards[edit]

  • Elitserien 2005–06 Rookie of the Year nominee in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lovande back klar" (in Swedish). Timrå IK. April 4, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Anton Strålman, Årets rookiekandidat" (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. January 20, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Gamesheet: Rochester at Toronto – Oct 6, 2007". American Hockey League. October 6, 2007. Retrieved October 7, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Recap – Thrashers 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO". National Hockey League. October 23, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Rangers sign Defenceman Stralman to one-year deal". TSN. November 3, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lightning sign Anton Stralman". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 

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