CAREER NOTES: The ninth of 44 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 record at least 150 points… The first Nashville draft pick to score 20-plus goals for the team in three consecutive seasons (2009-12), and the first to record 30 goals for the team.
2012-13: Moved into 10th on the franchise’s all-time goals list, and enters 2013-14 nine goals away from three players tied for seventh (J-P Dumont, Greg Johnson, Scott Hartnell; 93)… Scored all four of his goals on the power play, leading the team in the category… Ranked third on the Predators in shots (87) despite playing in half the team’s games… Set a career high in average ice time (16:13)… Led club forwards in average power-play ice time (2:48) for the third straight season… Put 12 shots on goal on Feb. 18 vs. Colorado, including a franchise record eight shots in the third. The 12 shots tied for the highest by an NHLer in 2012-13… Missed 24 games total due to injury… Signed a five-year contract through the 2017-18 season on April 30… Began the season with Red Ice (Swiss-2), before transferring to Djurgarden (Sweden-2) in November… Joined Gotteron (Swiss) for the Spengler Cup in late December.
2011-12: Led the team in goals (27) for the second time in three seasons… Ranked second on the team in power-play goals (8)… Tied for the team lead in shots (230), the third straight season he paced the team in the category… Had the lowest average ice time (15:19) among the NHL’s 62 25-goal scorers… Tied a franchise record – and for the second longest of the NHL season – with a six-game goal streak (7g) from Oct. 27-Nov. 8… Played in his 200th career game on Nov. 8 at Los Angeles… Missed six games due to injury… Joined Sweden at the 2012 World Championships, playing the nation’s final three games of the tournament. PLAYOFFS: Tied for second on the team in assists, and fourth in points (1g-3a)… Paced the Predators in shots (36).
2010-11: Ranked second on the team in goals (21)… Tied for third on the team in points (48)… Set career highs in assists (27) and penalty minutes (47)… Paced the club in game-winning goals (5) for the second consecutive season… Tied for second among Nashville skaters in power-play goals (6)… Led Nashville in shots on goal (265)… Collected his 100th career NHL point with an assist on April 2 vs. Detroit… Posted a franchise record, and tied a 2010-11 NHL season high, in shots on goal in a game on Dec. 28 vs. Dallas (14). PLAYOFFS: Set franchise records for shots in a playoff season (43) and in a playoff series (29) in the WCQ vs. Anaheim… Recorded points (2g-1a) in three of Nashville’s first four postseason games.
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 (30)… Tied a franchise record and tied for second in the League in game-winning goals (8)… Led the team in power-play goals (10)… Tied for the team lead in points (51)… Set a franchise record for shots in a season (275)… Had the fewest NHL games experience (108) and the lowest average ice time (15:41) among the NHL’s Top 20 goal scorers… Paced all Nashville skaters in plus/minus rating (+18)… 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: Made his playoff debut in Game One, and posted his first career playoff point/assist in Game Six of the WCQ vs. Chicago.
2008-09: 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 Djurgarden in goals (18) in 2007-08… Tied for sixth in the league and led his club in power-play goals (11) in 2007-08… Led Sweden and tied for second overall in goals (6) at the 2008 World Championships… 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 previously held by Peter Forsberg for most goals by a junior player in Swedish Elite League history… Tied for Djurgarden team lead in goals and ranked second on the club in scoring (23g-11a-34pts) in 2006-07… Represented Sweden at both the 2007 World Junior Championships and the 2007 World Championships… 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)… Nickname: “Horny.”
TRANSACTIONS: July 31, 2005 – Nashville's seventh choice, 230th overall (seventh round), in 2005 Entry Draft.