Notable Swedish Devils Players

By: Lucky Ngamwajasat

From Nicklas Lidstrom to Peter Forsberg, the country of Sweden has produced some of the best players the NHL has ever seen.

Swedes have also played a part in the Devils‘ success through the years and continue to do so to this day.

Ahead of the Devils’ 2018-19 season opener in Gothenburg against the Edmonton Oilers, take a look at our list of Swedes who have left their mark on the franchise.

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1 Tommy Albelin

Defenseman: 1988 to 1996; 2001 to 2006
Tommy Albelin had two separate stints with the Devils and was a part of two Stanley Cup-winning squads (1995, 2003). In 539 games, the steady Swedish blueliner posted 152 points (27 goals, 125 assists) in his 12 combined seasons in New Jersey. Albelin played in every regular season and playoff game during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign as part of a formidable defensive corps that featured Hall of Famers Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer.

Did You Know? 
Albelin was an assistant coach with the Devils during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

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2 Patrik Sundstrom

Center: 1987 to 1992
Acquired just before the start of the 1987-88 season as a result of a trade with Vancouver, Sundstrom played 305 career games for the Devils in five seasons in New Jersey. He recorded 342 points (133 goals, 209 assists) in his time with the Devils. Sundstrom was the Devils leading scorer in the 1988 NHL Playoffs, totaling 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 18 games as New Jersey made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Did You Know?
Sundstrom jointly holds the Stanley Cup Playoff record for most points in a single game with Mario Lemieux. During the Devils run in 1988, Sundstrom recording 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in the Devils 10-4 win over the Capitals in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Finals.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation helps kids facing obstacles in the Tri-State area, including Rangers fan Taylor Ryan who is battling a rare blood disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

3 Adam Larsson

Defenseman: 2011 to 2016
Taken fourth overall by the Devils during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Larsson went straight into the Opening Night lineup for New Jersey. Larsson helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2012 and scored a goal against the Flyers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Larsson notched 69 points (9 goals, 60 assists) in 274 career games for the Devils before being traded to Edmonton in 2016.

Did You Know?
The Devils got a pretty good player in the deal with the Oilers. 2018 Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall was acquired in the trade for Larsson. Hall is fresh off of a 93-point season with the Devils and was awarded the Hart Trophy for his exploits during the 2017-18 season.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation helps kids facing obstacles in the Tri-State area, including Rangers fan Taylor Ryan who is battling a rare blood disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

4 Marcus Johansson

Center: 2017 to present

The first of two Swedish Devils currently on the team, Marcus Johansson joined New Jersey after being acquired by general manager Ray Shero in 2017 from the Capitals. An injury-plagued 2017-18 season curtailed Johansson’s numbers, though he did return for the final three games of the Devils’ playoff series against the Lightning.

Did You Know?
Johansson will be spending his birthday in his home country. The former Capital’s birthday – Oct. 6 – falls on the same day as the Devils season opener in Sweden.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation helps kids facing obstacles in the Tri-State area, including Rangers fan Taylor Ryan who is battling a rare blood disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

5 Jesper Bratt

Left Wing: 2018 to Present
A sixth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, Jesper Bratt came from seemingly nowhere to have a gigantic impact on the Devils 2017-18 season and helped New Jersey reach the playoffs. Bratt recorded 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 74 games for the Devils in his rookie season. Gifted with speed, skills and typical Swedish on-ice smarts, Bratt has had a promising start to his NHL career.

Did You Know?
Bratt began his NHL career red-hot, recording six points in his first three NHL games.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation helps kids facing obstacles in the Tri-State area, including Rangers fan Taylor Ryan who is battling a rare blood disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.