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Jacob Josefson

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Jacob Josefson
Jacob Josefson - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Josefson in September 2014
Born (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 25)
Stockholm, SWE
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
Djurgårdens IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2009
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2007–present

Jacob Peter Josefson (born 2 March 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre, currently with the New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League (NHL). After Josefson began playing hockey at the age of five, he was acquired by Djurgården's youth organization at the age of ten, where he also began playing junior hockey in 2005. Josefson made his Elitserien debut on 28 February 2008, against Timrå IK, and became a regular member of Djurgården's senior team. His achievements in the Swedish Elitserien drew attention from NHL and he was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, 20th overall. Josefson played with Djurgården for an additional season, before signing on for the Devils in May 2010.

Josefson has represented Sweden at four International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) sanctioned junior events, winning the silver medal at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He also participated in the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships, but only played three of Sweden's six games, and the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships.

Early life[edit]

Josefson was born on 2 March 1991, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Annika and Peter Josefson.[1] He is the youngest of three brothers.[2][3] At the age of two, Josefson began skating and joined IK Göta at the age of five. His older brothers had played for the same club.[3] He played with Hammarby IF for a year[4] before he was acquired by Djurgårdens IF at the age of ten,[1] playing for the 1991 team.[5][6] He also played football until the age of 13, before deciding to focus entirely on hockey.[2] Josefson attended high school at Vittra Gymnasium in Sweden while playing for Djurgården.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Djurgårdens IF[edit]

Josefson in 2009.

Josefson started to play junior hockey in 2005 for Djurgården's under-18 team.[7] During the 2006–07 season, he helped Djurgården's under-16 team to win the Swedish championship.[8][9] The 2007–08 season began with the national junior hockey tournament TV-pucken. Josefson's team Stockholm/Vit reached the final which ended with a 2–1 defeat to Småland.[10] He made his Elitserien debut on 28 February 2008, against Timrå IK.[1][11] This proved to be the only appearance Josefson would make in the Elitserien during the 2007–08 season. Josefson played for the J20-team during most of the season scoring 14 goals and 31 points. His team reached the playoffs, but were defeated by Brynäs IF in the semi-finals.[12] After the loss, he joined the under-18 team during the playoffs where he helped the team defeat Färjestads BK to capture the Swedish championship.[13]

He signed a two-year contract with Djurgården in May 2008.[14] The club's initial plan for Josefson was to move him up to the senior team when regular players were out of the lineup with illness or injuries, while his usual team would be the J20-team.[14] He scored his first goal in Elitserien on 23 September in his third game, a 4–1 win against Brynäs IF.[15][16] Ultimately, Josefson played almost every game of the regular season, and usually played along with Carl Gustafsson and Henrik Eriksson on the 4th line.[1][17] At the end of the season, Josefson had scored 5 goals and 16 points, a record for players 18 or younger playing with the senior team.[18] Josefson was ranked third in the midterm rankings among European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[3] He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils, 20th overall.[19] Josefson was also drafted in the third round, 61st overall, in the 2009 KHL Junior Draft by SKA Saint Petersburg.[20] He participated at the Devils rookie camp in July 2009.[21] He has been compared with centres Nicklas Bäckström and John Madden.[17][22]

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Djurgården participated in the Nordic Trophy pre-season tournament. In the second game, Josefson scored a hat trick and added two assists against the Malmö Redhawks.[23] At the end of the group stage, Josefson was the scoring leader with five goals and seven points.[24] He scored his first points for the regular season, three assists, in the Elitserien premiere away against HV71.[25] Djurgården lost the game 7–6, but on 20 October, Josefson would get his revenge when he scored the game-winning goal in the 3–2 victory over HV71 20. This was also his first goal of the regular season.[26] Josefson missed six Elitserien games due to the World Junior Hockey Championship, but was back in the roster against Timrå IK on 9 January.[27] He recorded an assist against Rögle BK on 30 January, which was his 17th point of the season, putting him ahead of last season's total.[28] At the end of the regular season, Josefson had scored 8 goals and 20 points in 43 games. The 2009–10 playoffs were Josefson's first Elitserien playoffs, and he played almost every game missing the first two semifinal games against Linköpings HC due to illness.[29][30] Djurgården lost the finals 4–2 to HV71. Josefson re-signed with Djurgården for another year on 27 April.[31] Despite this and an oral guarantee the club received from Josefson's agent Peter Wallén that Josefson would stay,[32] Josefson signed with the New Jersey Devils on 14 May 2010.[33]

New Jersey Devils[edit]

Josefson participated in the pre-season camp with the Devils in September,[34] but was assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Albany Devils after the camp.[35] Josefson was called up to the Devils on 14 October 2010, and made his NHL debut the next day, in a 3–2 victory against Colorado Avalanche at the Prudential Center.[36][37] Josefson was slashed on his left hand and later fell on the same hand during the game against San Jose Sharks on 27 October,[38] this caused a ligament in his thumb to tear, and forced him to undergo surgery.[39] At last, Josefson returned from his injury on 7 January 2011, when the Albany Devils played against the Charlotte Checkers.[40] Josefson scored his first NHL goal against Al Montoya of the New York Islanders on 12 March 2011.[41] The Devils failed to reach the playoffs and Josefson ended up with three goals and ten points in 28 regular season games.

In the fifth game of the 2011–12 season, Josefson broke his right clavicle after crashing shoulder first into the boards.[42] He underwent surgery the following day on 22 October 2011, and was expected to be sidelined for three or four months.[43] On 3 April 2012 in a game against the Islanders, Josefson bumped awkwardly into Jay Pandolfo resulting in a broken left wrist. He returned to the lineup on 21 May 2012 in the fourth game of the Eastern Conference Finals against Rangers[44] and played a total of six games in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring one point.

International play[edit]

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Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2009 Canada
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Canada

Josefson played in his first IIHF sanctioned tournament when he was part of Sweden's team at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships. He managed to score a hat-trick in the first game against Belarus.[45] He left the team in the morning before the fourth game due to an accident in which his father and uncle had been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning.[46] He made his second appearance at the U18 Championship the following year, at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he also took the role as alternate captain.[47] He managed to score three goals and seven points in six games. Josefson was a part of Sweden's national junior team at the 2009 World Junior Championships. He played in all of Sweden's six games but did not score any points.[19] A few months later he yet again played for Sweden in the U18 Championship but could not help his team go further than fifth place in the tournament.[48]

Josefson participated in the World Junior Championship for the second time when he was named for Team Sweden by head coach Pär Mårts for the 2010 World Junior Championships, along with fellow Djurgården team-mates Daniel Brodin and Marcus Krüger.[49] He scored his first goal of the tournament and the first goal of the game against Austria in the preliminary rounds.[50] He scored two additional goals in Sweden's 7–1 victory over Finland in the last game of the preliminary rounds.[51] Josefson, who also had three assists in the tournament, had six points in total.[52]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF J20 34 14 17 31 22 7 2 3 5 8
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF SEL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF J20 3 0 1 1 6 6 1 3 4 4
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF SEL 50 5 11 16 14
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF SEL 43 8 12 20 20 14 3 2 5 4
2010–11 Albany Devils AHL 18 3 9 12 4
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 28 3 7 10 6
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 41 2 7 9 6 6 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Albany Devils AHL 4 2 1 3 2
2012–13 Albany Devils AHL 38 10 15 25 29
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 1 2 3 2
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 27 1 2 3 4
2014–15 New Jersey Devils NHL 62 6 5 11 24
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 58 4 10 14 20
SHL totals 94 13 23 36 34 14 3 2 5 4
NHL totals 238 17 33 50 62 6 0 1 1 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Sweden WJC U18 4th 3 4 1 5 0
2009 Sweden WJC U18 5th 6 3 4 7 2
2009 Sweden WJC 2nd 6 0 0 0 2
2010 Sweden WJC 3rd 6 3 3 6 4
2015 Sweden WC 5th 8 2 2 4 2
Junior totals 21 10 8 18 26
Senior totals 8 2 2 4 2

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mattias Tedenby
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Adam Larsson