Påhlsson during a Canucks' practice in 2012
December 17, 1977 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||176th overall, 1996
After a stint with a fourth-tier men's league based out of his hometown Ånge, Sweden, Påhlsson joined the Modo Hockey organization in 1994–95, debuting in one Elitserien game. The following season, he split his time between Modo's Elitserien and junior teams. After recording 21 points over 30 junior games and 4 points over 36 Elitserien contests, Påhlsson was selected by the Colorado Avalanche, 176th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Following his draft, he remained in Sweden for four more years before moving to North America to begin his NHL career. Joining Modo's Elitserien team full-time in 1996–97, he improved to 17 points over 49 games. Two seasons later, he recorded an Elitserien career-high 17 goals, 17 assists an 34 points over 50 games. During his tenure with Modo, he played alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who went on to become his NHL teammates in with the Vancouver Canucks in 2012.
Following his last season with Modo in 1999–2000, Påhlsson's NHL rights were traded from the Avalanche to the Boston Bruins on March 6, 2000. He was sent to Boston, along with Brian Rolston, Martin Grenier, and a first round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Dave Andreychuk and Raymond Bourque. Påhlsson joined the Bruins for the 2000–01 season and played 17 games with the team before being traded once again on November 18, 2000 to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for Andrei Nazarov and Patrick Traverse. Påhlsson completed his NHL rookie campaign with 9 points over 76 games. The 2002–03 NHL season brought Påhlsson and the Mighty Ducks to the Stanley Cup Final, but they were defeated in seven games by the New Jersey Devils.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he returned to Sweden and played for Frölunda HC and helped the team to an Elitserien championship. With 11 points over 14 post-season games, Påhlsson was named to the Playoff All-Star Team. In Frölunda, he played on a line with fellow locked-out NHL forwards P. J. Axelsson and Daniel Alfredsson.
Påhlsson returned to the Ducks the next year in the 2005–06 NHL season, and the team advanced to the Conference Finals, where they were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers. The 2006–07 NHL season would bring the Anaheim Ducks back to the Stanley Cup Final. Since their last trip to the Finals, the Ducks' roster had changed significantly and Påhlsson was one the few remaining players from 2003. Påhlsson was used on the Ducks' checking line with forwards Travis Moen and Rob Niedermayer. Påhlsson's efforts in a defensive role were instrumental in Anaheim's successful season; he helped the Ducks defeat the Ottawa Senators in 5 games to win his and the Ducks' first Stanley Cup championship. He totalled 12 points over 21 games in the playoffs, including the winning goal in Game 2 of the Finals. During the post-season, he was nominated for the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward; he lost to defending champion Rod Brind'Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes.
In the last year of his contract in 2008–09, Påhlsson was dealt at the NHL trade deadline on March 4, 2009, along with Logan Stephenson, to the Chicago Blackhawks for James Wisniewski and Petri Kontiola. Påhlsson advanced to the Western Conference Finals with the Blackhawks, where they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings. Becoming an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, Påhlsson signed a three-year contract worth an annual average salary of $2.65 million with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1, 2009.
In a similar scenario to his trade from the Ducks three years prior, Påhlsson was once again traded the last season of his contract on February 27, 2012. He was sent to the Vancouver Canucks for defenceman Taylor Ellington and two 4th-round draft picks in 2012. Påhlsson scored his first goal as a Canuck on March 8th, a game-winner against the Winnipeg Jets.
Return to Sweden
On June 18, 2012, in advance of the NHL's free agency period, Påhlsson ended his North American career to return to Sweden and signed a three- year contract to captain his original club, Modo hockey.
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Silver||2004 Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|Silver||1996 United States|
|2000–01||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||59||3||4||7||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||80||6||14||20||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||13||1||7||8||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||34||4||11||15||18||21||2||4||6||12|
|2003–04||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||8||14||22||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||11||10||21||34||16||2||3||5||18|
|2009–10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||79||3||13||16||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||7||13||20||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||61||2||9||11||22||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievements
- Silver medal at the 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
- Named Swedish Junior Player of the Year in 1997.
- Bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships.
- Silver medal at the 2004 World Championships.
- Elitserien champion with Frölunda HC in 2005.
- Olympic Gold medal in 2006.
- 2006–07 – NHL – Nominated for Selke Trophy
- 2006–07 – NHL – Stanley Cup (Anaheim)
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- "Samuel Pahlsson is home again" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-06-18.