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Viktor Stalberg
Viktor Stalberg
Left Wing  - NSH
(VIH-tohr STAHL-buhrg)
Number: 25
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 209
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 17, 1986  (Age 28)
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Drafted: TOR / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (161st overall)
2013-14: Posted all 18 (8g-10a) of his points while even strength during his first season with the Predators… Played his 300th career game on March 15 vs. St. Louis… Scored his lone game-winning goal of the season and assisted on another on Dec. 14 vs. San Jose… Recorded his first goal, first assist and first multi-point performance in a Preds sweater while also posting a season-high six shots on Nov. 6 at Colorado…Made his team debut on Oct. 12 vs. the NY Islanders, after missing the first four games with a shoulder injury.

CAREER NOTES:
Tied for fifth on the 2012-13 Presidents' Trophy and Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks in goals, and tied for sixth in points (9g-14a-23pts)… Ranked fourth on the 2012-13 Blackhawks in plus/minus rating with a career high (+16), and fifth in shots (113) despite ranking 20th on the team in average ice time (14:07)... Amassed all nine of his goals, and 12 of his 14 assists, at even strength in 2012-13... Suited up for 19 of Chicago’s 23 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including four of six in the Stanley Cup Final… Started the 2012-13 season with Frolunda (Sweden) before transferring to Atlant Mytishchi (KHL) in November… Set career highs in goals (22), assists (21), points (43), games played (79), game-winning goals (6), shots (215) and shooting percentage (10.2) in 2011-12… Ranked second on the Blackhawks and tied for 18th in the NHL in game-winning goals in 2011-12… Was the only NHL player during the 2011-12 season to register more than 25 points and 20 goals, despite zero coming on special teams… Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on Jan. 16, 2012 after amassing six points (5g-1a) in four games… Suited up for all eight of Sweden's games at the 2012 World Championship, tying for third on the team in goals (3) and ranking fourth in plus/minus rating (+4)... Notched 23 (12g-11a) of his 24 points (12g-12a) at even strength during his first campaign with Chicago in 2010-11... Set career highs in penalty minutes (43) and hits (102) in 2010-11… Ranked fourth on the 2010-11 Hawks in game-winning goals (3)… Scored his first career playoff goal in his second postseason game – Game Two of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Vancouver... Set a career high in ice time (14:36) during his rookie season with Toronto in 2009-10… Collected his first career point/assist in his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 2009 vs. Montreal... Ranked second on the 2009-10 Toronto Marlies (AHL) in points (12g-21a-33pts) despite dressing for only 39 of the team's 80 games... Tied for sixth among 2009-10 AHL rookies in points per game (.85)... Made his professional debut with the Marlies upon the completion of his collegiate career, appearing in a pair of 2009 Calder Cup Playoff games.

AMATEUR: Tied for fifth in the nation in goals (24), and tied for 14th in the NCAA in points (46), during his third and final season at the University of Vermont (Hockey East) in 2008-09… A 2009 First-Team East All-American, Hockey East First-Team All-Star… A finalist for the 2009 Hobey Baker Award… Helped Vermont win the 2009 NCAA East Regional and advance to the Frozen Four for the second time in school history… Named to the 2009 All-East Regional Team… Tied for the Catamounts team lead in goals (10), and ranked third in points (23), during his sophomore season in 2007-08… A 2008 Hockey East All-Academic Team honoree… Let all Vermont skaters in penalty minutes (53) during his freshman season in 2006-07... Named to the 2007 Hockey East All-Academic Team… Tied for second in Swedish junior league in goals (27) and ranked third in points (53) with Frolunda's junior team in 2005-06... Led all skaters in points (6g-5a-11pts) and tied for first in playoff goals during the 2006 postseason, helping Frolunda claim the silver medal.

BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Vik” or “Stally”… On Twitter @ViktorStalberg… His brother Sebastian split the 2013-14 season between the AHL and ECHL, and will play with Frolunda (SHL) and Rogle (Allsvenskan) in 2014-15… Favorites include Inception (movie), Virago (Nashville restaurant), Peter Forsberg (player to watch) and ketchup (condiment)… Would consider a cheetah to be his spirit animal and snakes to be his worst fear.

TRANSACTIONS:  July 5, 2013 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… June 30, 2010 – Acquired by Chicago from Toronto along with Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis for Kris Versteeg and Bill Sweatt… June 24, 2006 – Toronto's fifth selection, 161st overall (sixth round), in the 2006 Entry Draft.
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