Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marcus Nilson
Right-winger Marcus Nilson was a skilled playmaker and checker who came into his own with the Florida Panthers in 2000-01. He had good speed and size which made him a handful for opposing forwards and a versatile NHL forward.

The native of Balsta, Sweden spent four years with the junior and senior rosters of the Djurgardens IF club of Stockholm. After scoring 46 points in 25 games as a junior he was the first pick, 20th overall, by the Florida Panthers at the 1996 Entry Draft. He became more of a utility player on the senior side before coming to North America in 1998-99.

Nilson spent most of his first North American season with the AHL's Beast of New Haven where he was a decent playmaker and checker. The young Swede played nine games for Florida in 1999-00 but spent most of his time as a fine playmaker with the Louisville Panthers of the AHL. In 2000-01 he scored 36 points to finish third in scoring for Florida and played a hard-nosed style when necessary. Over the course of the next three seasons, Nilson continued his strong play with the Panthers establishing a personal best in goals with 15 during the 2002-03 season.

After spending the majority of the 2003-04 season with the Panthers, Nilson was acquired by the Calgary Flames at the 2004 trading deadline. Upon his arrival with the Flames, he went to be a key contributor in the Flames run to the Stanley Cup Final. Although the Flames went on lose a hard-fought seven game series to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nilson still managed to register 11 points (4-7-11).

On the international scene, Nilson is a two-time member of Sweden's World Junior Team (1996-1997) and its World Championship team (2003, 2008).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 24 7 8 15 22
1994-95 Sweden EJC-A 5 4 4 8 0
1995-96 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 25 19 17 36 46 2 1 1 2 12
1995-96 Sweden WJC-A 7 3 5 8 12
1995-96 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Sweden EJC-A 5 3 5 8 10
1996-97 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 37 0 3 3 33 4 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Sweden WJC-A 6 0 4 4 29
1997-98 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 41 4 7 11 18 15 2 1 3 16
1997-98 Sweden WJC-A 7 3 5 8 4
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 8 1 1 2 5 +2
1998-99 Beast of New Haven AHL 69 8 25 33 10 -14
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 9 0 2 2 2 +2
1999-00 Louisville Panthers AHL 64 9 23 32 52 +3 4 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 78 12 24 36 74 -3
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 81 14 19 33 55 -14
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 82 15 19 34 31 +2
2002-03 Sweden WC-A 1 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 69 6 13 19 26 -9
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 14 5 0 5 14 +3 26 4 7 11 12
2004-05 Sweden W-Cup 4 1 0 1 4 +1
2004-05 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 48 17 22 39 110 7 1 2 3 10
2005-06 Calgary Flames NHL 70 6 11 17 32 +13
2006-07 Calgary Flames NHL 63 5 10 15 27 +7 6 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Calgary Flames NHL 47 3 2 5 4 +2 2 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Sweden WC-A 9 4 2 6 2 +1
2008-09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 36 6 3 9 30 15 3 1 4 28
2008-09 Sweden WC-A 9 3 3 6 6 +2
2009-10 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 53 24 27 51 32 16 4 9 13 6
2009-10 Sweden WC-A 9 1 1 2 2
2010-11 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 39 7 16 23 38 7 0 3 3 2
2011-12 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 51 11 21 32 45
2011-12 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden-Q 10 1 5 6 2
2012-13 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 53 18 16 34 37 5 0 1 1 0
2013-14 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 54 5 12 17 22 2 0 0 0 0
2014-15 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 22 3 2 5 20
2014-15 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 7 1 2 3 2
NHL Totals 521 67 101 168 270 34 4 7 11 14


Traded to Calgary by Florida for Calgary's 2nd round pick (David Booth) in 2004 NHL Draft, March 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), September 16, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL), September 19, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), July 10, 2009.
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