Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mikael Samuelsson
Mikael Samuelsson was born December 23, 1976 in Mariefred, Sweden. The fifth round, 145th overall selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Samuelsson played four seasons in the Swedish Elite League before making his North American debut in 2000-01 as a member of the AHL's Kentucky Thoroughblades.

An offensively gifted player, Samuelsson finished the 2000-01 season with 78 points (32G-46A) in 66 games in the AHL, while suiting up for a handful of games with the Sharks. After only one season with the Sharks organization, Samuelsson was traded to the New York Rangers in the summer of 2001 and went on to play parts of two seasons in the Big Apple.

From New York, Samuelsson made his way to Pittsburgh midway through the 2002-03 season in a trade that brought Alexei Kovalev back to New York. Upon his arrival with the Penguins, Samuelsson went on to play a mere 22 games before he was on the move again. In the summer of 2003, the Florida Panthers acquired the swedish forward from Pittsburgh in a package deal.

In the summer of 2005, Samuelsson was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings. During his first season with the Red Wings, Samuelsson recorded career highs with 23 goals, 22 assists and 45 points in 71 games.

In March 2006, Samuelsson signed a three-year contract extension with the Red Wings[11] and recorded 34 points in 53 games the following season. After a 40-point campaign in 200708, Samuelsson was an important piece of the Red Wings' championship run, scoring the first two goals in game one of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. He soon raised the Stanley Cup after the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. He finished the post-season with 13 points in 22 games. The victory made Samuelsson a member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club, having won gold medals at the Winter Olympics and World Championships two years prior in 2006, along with teammates and fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall.

The following season, Samuelsson recorded a second consecutive 40-point campaign in 200809 and came within a game of repeating as Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, losing to the Penguins in a seven-game rematch of the previous year. Samuelsson's time in Detroit marked a turning point in his career. Despite playing mainly on the third line, he earned powerplay time and emerged as a legitimate offensive threat.

In the summer of 2009, Samuelsson signed a three year deal with the Vancouver Canucks worth $2.5 million a year on July 3.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Sodertalje SK Jr. Swe-Jr. 30 8 6 14 12
1995-96 Sodertalje SK Jr. Swe-Jr. 22 13 12 25 20
1995-96 Sodertalje SK Sweden-2 18 5 1 6 0 4 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Sodertalje SK Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 2 1 3
1996-97 Sodertalje SK Sweden 29 3 2 5 10 10 0 0 0 4
1997-98 IK Nykopings Hockey 90 Sweden-2 10 5 1 6 14
1997-98 Sodertalje SK Sweden 41 11 9 20 66
1998-99 Sodertalje SK Sweden-2 18 13 10 23 26 10 2 2 4 12
1998-99 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 27 0 5 5 10
1999-00 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 40 4 3 7 76 11 7 2 9 6
1999-00 Brynas IF Gavle EuroHL 4 0 2 2 4
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 4 0 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 66 32 46 78 58 +31 3 1 0 1 0
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 67 6 10 16 23 +10
2001-02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 8 3 6 9 12 0
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 58 8 14 22 32 0
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 2 0 2 8 -21
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 37 3 6 9 35 0
2004-05 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 12 2 4 6 14
2004-05 Sodertalje SK Sweden 29 7 13 20 45 10 3 3 6 24
2004-05 Sweden WC-A 9 1 4 5 4 +5
2005-06 SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss 1 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 23 22 45 42 +27 6 0 1 1 6
2005-06 Sweden Olympics 8 1 3 4 2 +1
2005-06 Sweden WC-A 8 4 5 9 4 +7
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 53 14 20 34 28 +1 18 3 8 11 14
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 11 29 40 26 +21 22 5 8 13 8
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 19 21 40 50 0 23 5 5 10 6
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 30 23 53 64 +10 12 8 7 15 16
2010-11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 18 32 50 36 +8 11 1 2 3 8
2011-12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 6 1 2 3 6 -1
2011-12 Florida Panthers NHL 48 13 15 28 14 +2 7 0 5 5 2
2012-13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -3 5 1 1 2 2
2013-14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 26 1 2 3 6 -4
2013-14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 0 0 0 -4
NHL Totals 699 149 197 346 370 104 23 37 60 62


Traded to NY Rangers by San Jose with Christian Gosselin for Adam Graves and future considerations, June 24, 2001. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner and Rico Fata for Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture, February 10, 2003. Traded to Florida by Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Nathan Horton) and 2nd round compensatory choice (Stefan Meyer) in 2003 Entry Draft for Florida's 1st (Marc-Andre Fleury) and 3rd (Daniel Carcillo) round choices in 2003 Entry Draft, June 21, 2003.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to jaw (November 21, 2003 vs. Washington) and hand (January 21, 2004 vs. Columbus) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss), September 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden), October 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 17, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 3, 2009. Traded to Florida by Vancouver with Marco Sturm for David Booth, Steve Reinprecht and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Cole Cassels) in 2013 Entry Draft, October 22, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 1, 2012. Missed majority of 2012-13 and 2013-14 due to recurring shoulder injury. Signed as a free agent by Djurgardens (Sweden-2), July 29, 2014.