Robert Nilsson

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Robert Nilsson
Robert Nilsson.jpg
Born (1985-01-10) January 10, 1985 (age 29)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
National League A team
Former teams
ZSC Lions
New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2003
New York Islanders
Playing career 2002–present

Robert Åke Nilsson (born January 10, 1985) is a Canadian-born Swedish professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with ZSC Lions of National League A in Switzerland.

Playing career[edit]

Nilsson began his career in the Elitserien with Leksands IF in 2002–03. He recorded 21 points in his rookie season, breaking Markus Näslund's 13-year mark for most points by a 17-year-old in the league.[1] Nilsson was then drafted by the New York Islanders with the 15th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

He remained in Sweden an additional two seasons, which included a brief, seven-game stint with HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss Nationalliga A, before joining the Islanders in 2005–06. Nilsson scored his first NHL goal within a month of his debut on October 29, 2005, against the Buffalo Sabres. Nilsson, however, struggled to adjust to the NHL style of play and was sent down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. After scoring 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 29 games for the Sound Tigers, Nilsson was recalled to finish the year with the Islanders, recording 20 points in 53 total games during his NHL rookie season. At one point, Nilsson played on the top line with team captain Alexei Yashin and close friend Sean Bergenheim.

In 2006–07, Nilsson was sent back to the Sound Tigers to start the season. He remained with the club until February 27, 2007, when he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers with Ryan O'Marra and the Islanders' 1st round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft for Ryan Smyth. Nilsson transferred AHL teams accordingly and began playing in the Oilers' farm system with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. During a call-up, he scored his first goal as an Oiler on March 15, 2007. He would go on to record a combined 70 points during his next two seasons with the Oilers.

On June 30, 2010, the remainder of Nilsson's contract was bought out by the Oilers. He had one year remaining on his original three-year contract, and would have earned $2.5 million with a $2 million hit against the salary cap. With this buyout, Nilsson became an unrestricted free agent.[2]

On July 22, 2010, it became known that Nilsson had signed a 2-year contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.[3]

International play[edit]

Nilsson represented Sweden at the 2003, 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Nilsson [4] was born in Canada while his father, Kent Nilsson, was a member of the NHL's Calgary Flames. The majority of his childhood, however, was spent in Sweden.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Leksands IF SEL 41 8 13 21 10 5 0 1 1 2
2003–04 Leksands IF SEL 34 2 4 6 6
2003–04 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 7 1 3 4 2 4 1 0 1 2
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 23 2 4 6 6 3 0 0 0 0
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 53 6 14 20 26
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 29 8 20 28 12 7 1 4 5 0
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 50 12 34 46 34
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 19 6 14 20 14 11 3 12 15 8
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 1 0 1 4
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 71 10 31 41 22
2007–08 Springfield Falcons AHL 5 2 2 4 4
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 9 20 29 26
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 11 16 27 12
2010–11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 41 5 22 27 28 21 3 7 10 2
2011–12 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 15 0 5 5 6
2011–12 Toros Neftekamsk VHL 2 1 3 4 0
2011–12 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL 35 12 12 24 30 13 2 6 8 2
NHL totals 252 37 81 118 90

International[edit]

Robert Nilsson
Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2011 Bratislava
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Sweden WJC18 6 2 0 2 0
2002 Sweden WJC18 8 2 3 5 8
2003 Sweden WJC 6 4 2 6 4
2004 Sweden WJC 6 2 5 7 6
2005 Sweden WJC 6 1 3 4 8
2008 Sweden WC 9 2 4 6 6
2011 Sweden WC 9 1 6 7 0
Junior int'l totals 32 11 13 24 26
Senior int'l totals 18 3 10 13 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European prospects". USA Today. June 20, 2003. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Oilers buyout Robert Nilsson's contract". The Sports Network. June 30, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Father and son Nilsson leave town". Edmonton Journal. July 23, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/nhl/player/_/id/3181/robert-nilsson

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Sean Bergenheim
New York Islanders first round pick
2003
Succeeded by
Petteri Nokelainen