Michael Nylander

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Michael Nylander
Michael Nylander.jpg
Born (1972-10-03) 3 October 1972 (age 46)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Washington Capitals
New York Rangers
Calgary Flames
Tampa Bay Lightning
Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks
Hartford Whalers
AHL
Springfield Indians
Grand Rapids Griffins
Rochester Americans
Europe
Wings HC Arlanda
Huddinge IK
JYP Jyväskylä
HC Lugano
Oulun Kärpät
SKA Saint Petersburg
Ak Bars Kazan
Jokerit
ZSC Lions
HC Vita Hästen
Bolzano-Bozen Foxes
Södertälje SK
Rögle BK
AIK IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 59th overall, 1991
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1988–2015

Michael Nylander (born 3 October 1972) is a Swedish retired professional ice hockey centre.

Playing career

Nylander was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the third round (59th overall) in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. In the NHL, he has played for the Hartford Whalers (1992–1994), Calgary Flames (1994–98), Tampa Bay Lightning (1999), Chicago Blackhawks (1999–2002), Washington Capitals (2002–2003), and Boston Bruins (2004), New York Rangers (2005–2007), and Washington Capitals (2007–2009).

Nylander scored his first career NHL goal on 27 November 1992 in his 16th game at the famed Boston Garden in a 5-4 Whalers loss. Rejean Lemelin was the Bruins goaltender.[1] The following season, although he was third in scoring for the Whalers at that time, he was sent down to their AHL affiliate Springfield Indians due to repeated defensive lapses. He was recalled after four games in Springfield, but that stint makes Nylander one of the two final players who ever played for the storied Indians to be active in professional hockey.

Michael Nylander with the New York Rangers (second row, far right) faces off against the Philadelphia Flyers on 4 January 2007

Nylander was signed by the New York Rangers for the 2005–06 season and played well with All-Star right-winger Jaromír Jágr. He centred the first line and first power play unit. Statistically, Nylander had his best season as he helped the Rangers reach 100 points for the first time since 1994.

Following their 4-3 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins on 8 April 2006, Nylander was interviewed by NBC's Pierre McGuire. He popped the word "shit" on live television, when speaking about his relationship with Pierre McGuire back in Hartford. Bill Clement mentioned there was no 5-second delay, however Clement and the rest of the NBC crew did issue an immediate apology. Nylander scored the game-winning goal in overtime. The National Hockey League and the Federal Communications Commission never made a decision on this situation.

Prior to the 2007–08, as reported on the Edmonton Oilers website, Nylander's agent had agreed to a contract with the Oilers. While expecting to receive a signed contract, the Oilers instead found out that he had signed with the Washington Capitals.[2]

Nylander tore his rotator cuff during a faceoff against the Florida Panthers on 1 December 2007. Nylander missed the next four games before returning to play the next thirteen games. Eventually, Nylander was forced to have surgery to repair the tear on 16 January 2008, and missed the rest of the 2007–08 regular season and playoffs.[3]

In the 2008-09 season, still feeling the effects of his torn rotator cuff, Nylander managed to collect only 33 points in 72 games. Many fans and hockey pundits criticized Nylander's performance and felt he didn't live up to his contract.

The following season the Washington Capitals faced salary cap restraints. Looking for move salary, they attempted to trade Michael Nylander, but found no suitors for his near $5,000,000 salary. The Washington Capitals first loaned Nylander to the Detroit Red Wings organization (who then assigned him to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League) and then later loaned Nylander to Jokerit of SM-liiga where he finished the 2009-10 hockey season. For the 2010-11 season, Nylander played in the Florida Panthers organization's AHL affiliate in Rochester as they filled a hole at center. His NHL rights remained owned by the Capitals through the end of the season.

On 23 October 2010, Nylander was seriously injured when he was hit from behind by Brendan Smith during the second period of a game between Rochester and the Grand Rapids Griffins.[4] He underwent successful spinal fusion surgery on 26 October 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY and doctors have said that he should be cleared to play again after 6 months of recovery.[5][6]

On 17 August 2011, Nylander signed a try-out contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, joining the team's training camp. He was released on 25 September 2011.[7]

Nylander then went on to play for the ZSC Lions in the National League A where he was under contract from October 2011 to December 2011. His contract was not renewed and in January 2012 he signed with the Kloten Flyers.

Personal life

Nylander is married to the former Camilla Altelius. He has six children - Michelle (born 1994), William (born 1996), Alexander (born 1998), Jacquline (born 2000), Stephanie (born 2003), and Daniella (born 2006). William was drafted in 2014 by the Toronto Maple Leafs as the 8th overall pick, while Alexander was also drafted 8th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Michael has brothers, Peter[8] and Thommy.[9]

Transactions

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 RA 73 SWE II 3 0 0 0 0
1988–89 Huddinge IK SWE Jr
1989–90 Huddinge IK SWE II 31 7 15 22 4 5 3 0 3 0
1990–91 Huddinge IK SWE II 33 14 20 34 10 2 0 0 0 0
1991–92 AIK SEL 40 11 17 28 30 3 1 4 5 4
1992–93 Hartford Whalers NHL 59 11 22 33 36
1992–93 Springfield Indians AHL 3 3 3 6 2
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 58 11 33 44 24
1993–94 Springfield Indians AHL 4 0 9 9 0
1993–94 Calgary Flames NHL 15 2 9 11 6 3 0 0 0 0
1994–95 JYP SM-l 16 11 19 30 63
1994–95 Calgary Flames NHL 6 0 1 1 2 6 0 6 6 2
1995–96 Calgary Flames NHL 73 13 38 51 20 4 0 0 0 0
1996–97 HC Lugano NDA 36 12 43 55 28 8 3 8 11 8
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 65 13 23 36 24
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 9 2 3 5 2
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 24 2 7 9 6
1999–2000 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 11 1 2 3 4
1999–2000 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 66 23 28 51 26
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 25 39 64 32
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 15 46 61 50 5 0 3 3 2
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 4 4 4
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 71 17 39 56 36 6 3 2 5 8
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 3 0 2 2 8
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 15 1 11 12 14 6 3 3 6 0
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 23 5 15 20 22
2004–05 SKA Saint Petersburg RSL 8 2 5 7 0
2004–05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 5 0 1 1 2
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 81 23 56 79 76 4 0 1 1 0
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 79 26 57 83 42 10 6 7 13 0
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 40 11 26 37 24
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 72 9 24 33 32 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 24 2 16 18 14
2009–10 Jokerit SM-l 14 3 4 7 58 3 2 1 3 0
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 7 4 2 6 8
2011–12 ZSC Lions NLA 15 5 5 10 8
2011–12 Kloten Flyers NLA 8 0 5 5 4 2 0 1 1 2
2012–13 HC Vita Hästen SWE III 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 HC Bolzano ITA 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Södertälje SK SWE II 18 5 14 19 4 10 3 4 7 20
2013–14 Rögle BK SWE II 25 3 6 9 22
2013–14 HC Vita Hästen SWE III 1 1 1 2 0
2013–14 AIK SHL 8 0 1 1 4
2014–15 AIK SWE II 11 1 1 2 8
NHL totals 920 209 470 679 468 47 12 22 34 14

International

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Sweden EJC 6 2 4 6 0
1991 Sweden WJC 7 6 5 11 8
1992 Sweden WJC 7 8 9 17 6
1992 Sweden WC 8 0 1 1 0
1993 Sweden WC 7 1 7 8 4
1996 Sweden WCH 4 2 1 3 0
1996 Sweden WC 3 2 3 5 0
1997 Sweden WC 11 6 5 11 6
1998 Sweden OG 4 0 0 0 6
1999 Sweden WC 10 2 4 6 8
2000 Sweden WC 7 1 5 6 6
2002 Sweden OG 4 1 2 3 0
2002 Sweden WC 8 1 6 7 0
2004 Sweden WC 7 2 4 6 8
2006 Sweden WC 6 1 8 9 4
2010 Sweden WC 8 1 2 3 4
Junior totals 20 16 18 34 14
Senior totals 87 20 48 68 46

Awards

  • Silver medal World Junior Championship in 1992.
  • World Junior Championship's Best Forward in 1992.
  • Named to the World Junior Championship All-Star Team in 1992.
  • Elitserien Rookie of the Year in 1992.
  • Gold medal World Championship in 1992 and 2006.
  • Silver medal World Championship in 1993 and 1997.
  • Named to the World Championship All-Star Team in 1997.
  • World Championship's Best Forward in 1997.
  • Bronze medal World Championship in 1999, 2002 and 2010.

Records

  • 1993 World Championship record of most assists

References

  1. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/199211270BOS.html
  2. ^ "Oilers cry foul over Nylander signing". 3 January 2007.
  3. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (16 January 2008). "Shoulder to Sideline Nylander 3-6 Months". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  4. ^ Greg Wyshynski (2010). "Nylander breaks neck in AHL; coach wonders if his career is done". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  5. ^ Kevin Oklobzija (2010). "Rochester Amerks' Michael Nylander has successful surgery". Rochester Democrat And Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  6. ^ Kevin Oklobzija (2010). "Rochester Amerks' Michael Nylander out for season". Rochester Democrat And Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  7. ^ Scott Burnside (2011-08-17). "Flyers invite Michael Nylander to camp". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  8. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=1278
  9. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=12084
  10. ^ Unknown (2008). "MICHAEL NYLANDER JOINS G.R. FOR CONDITIONING". The Grand Rapids Griffins. Retrieved 2009-10-21.

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
  • Nylander a Swede Sensation in NY (nhlpa.com)
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