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) 1 August 1986 (age 30)
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 1 August 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.

Playing career[edit]

Strålman with the New York Rangers in March 2013

Strålman was selected on 30 July 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 4 April, 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 20 January 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 16 May 2007, Strålman signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He made his North American professional debut on 6 October 2007, with the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Maple Leafs, and made his NHL debut on 23 October in a home game against the Atlanta Thrashers.[3][4] On 21 March 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 29 March.

During the 2009 off-season, Strålman was traded twice. On 27 July, 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 28 September, 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 3 November, 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 26 July 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 1 July 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 Stanley Cup Finals. During the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals, the Lightning defeated his former team, the Rangers, in seven games.

On 27 November 2015, Strålman played in his 500th career NHL game in a 2-4 Lightning loss to the Washington Capitals.[7] On 25 March 2016, Strålman suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula Friday night, which came in a 7-4 win over the New York Islanders.

International Play[edit]

On 2 March 2016, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association named Strålman to its roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Strålman will be joined by Lightning teammate Victor Hedman. The tournament is set to run from 17 Sep to 1 October 2016, in Toronto.[8]

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 26 1 8 9 8
2015–16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 73 9 25 34 20 6 1 0 1 2
SHL totals 98 11 15 26 62 7 1 3 4 10
NHL totals 549 36 149 185 205 87 5 16 21 18
Medal record
Representing  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, bronze medalist(s) 7 1 4 5 6
2016 Sweden WCH 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 1 1 2 6
Junior totals 11 0 1 1 8
Senior totals 28 7 9 16 43

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lovande back klar" (in Swedish). Timrå IK. 4 April 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2007. 
  2. ^ "Anton Strålman, Årets rookiekandidat" (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 20 January 2006. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Gamesheet: Rochester at Toronto – Oct 6, 2007". American Hockey League. 6 October 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Recap – Thrashers 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO". National Hockey League. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Rangers sign Defenceman Stralman to one-year deal". TSN. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lightning sign Anton Stralman". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  7. ^ Brown, Katie (27 November 2015). "Capitals extend win streak to four, defeat Lightning". NHL.com. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Peters, Chris (2 March 2016). "World Cup of Hockey: Erik Karlsson leads loaded early Sweden roster". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 

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