Marcus Nilson

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Not to be confused with Marcus Nilsson. ‹See Tfd›
Marcus Nilson
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Born (1978-03-01) March 1, 1978 (age 36)
Bålsta, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
SEL team
Former teams
HV71
Djurgårdens IF
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Florida Panthers
Calgary Flames
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 20th overall, 1996
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1998–present

Marcus Nilson (born March 1, 1978) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, currently contracted by the Swedish elite league team HV71. Up until 2012 he has only played for Djurgårdens IF in Sweden.

Playing career[edit]

Marcus 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 posted 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 for the season. Nilson returned to Djurgården for the 2009–10 season, signing a one year deal.[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 4–2 in games.

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

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Djurgårdens IF SEL 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
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
1999–00 Louisville Panthers AHL 64 9 23 32 52 4 0 0 0 2
1999–00 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
NHL totals 521 67 101 168 270 34 4 7 11 14

References[edit]

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

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Preceded by
Radek Dvorak
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
1996
Succeeded by
Mike Brown