CAREER NOTES: The ninth of 43 players selected with the final pick of an entry draft (modern era, since 1969) and go on to play in the NHL. Is only one of three players picked last overall to play at least 100 NHL games and score at least 20 goals.
2009-10: Became the first Nashville draft pick to score 30 goals for the club, leading the team and registering the fourth-highest total in franchise history in the category (30)… Tied a franchise record and tied for second in the League in game-winning goals (8)… Also led the team in power-play goals (10), with all of them coming after Dec. 1, tied for fourth in the NHL in that time span… Tied for fifth in the NHL in third-period goals (16)… Tied for the team lead in points (51)… Set a franchise record for shots in a season (275)… Experienced a 28-goal increase from 2008-09, making him just the second player in the last nine seasons to experience such an increase (minimum 20 games in the first season)… Had the fewest NHL games experience (108) and the lowest average ice time (15:41) among the NHL’s Top-20 goal scorers… Posted five multi-goal games, tied for the third-highest single-season total in franchise history… Paced all Nashville skaters in plus/minus rating (+18)… Tied for ninth in the NHL in road goals (17) and tied for 11th among League forwards in road plus/minus rating (+11)… Named NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Dec. 21 after tying for the NHL lead in both points (7) and goals (4) for the week… Appeared in his 100th career game on March 21 at St. Louis… Played in all four of Sweden's games at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver… Scored his first Olympic goal in the quarterfinals vs. Slovakia, with his hockey idol, Peter Forsberg, setting the goal up. PLAYOFFS: Missed four games due to a broken hand... Made his playoff debut in Game One, and posted his first career playoff point/assist in Game Six.
2008-09: Split his first season in North America between Nashville and Milwaukee (AHL)… Started the season with the Predators, and was recalled on two other occasions (Feb. 3 and March 17)… Posted his first career assist/multi-point game (2a) on Oct. 25 vs. Los Angeles… Ranked third on the Admirals in goals (17) and tied for fourth on the club in points (35), despite playing only 49 AHL games… Also ranked third on Milwaukee in power-play goals (8) and second in shots (161)… Appeared in all 11 of Milwaukee’s 2009 Calder Cup Playoff contests, tying for second on the team in points (8) and goals (4).
EUROPE/AMATEUR: Tied for 12th in the Swedish Elite League and led Djurgardens in goals (18) in 2007-08… Tied for sixth in the league and led his club in power-play goals (11) in 2007-08… Ranked fourth on Djurgardens in points (30) and paced the club in shots (174) in 2007-08… Led Sweden and tied for second overall in goals (6) at the 2008 World Championships in Quebec City/Halifax… Named Rookie of the Year in the Swedish Elite League in 2006-07 after leading junior players with 23 goals. The goal total broke a record previous held by Peter Forsberg for most goals by a junior player in Swedish Elite League history… Tied for Djurgardens team lead in goals and ranked second on the club in scoring (23g-11a-34pts) in 2006-07… Joined Djurgardens’ junior team for the 2007 post-season and tallied seven points (2g-5a) in seven games… Represented Sweden at both the 2007 World Junior (U-20) Championships in Sweden and the 2007 World Championships in Russia… Played the 2005-06 season primarily with the Djurgardens Elitserien team… Played for Sweden at the 2005 U-18 World Championships, earning a bronze medal.
BACKGROUND: Grew up idolizing former Predator Peter Forsberg, and lists tennis star Roger Federer as his favorite athlete in another sport… Other favorites include Spain (vacation spot)… Lists Robert Nilsson of the Edmonton Oilers as his best friend in hockey… Nickname: “Horny.”
TRANSACTIONS: July 31, 2005 – Nashville's seventh choice, 230th overall (seventh round), in