Player of the Week - Mikael Samuelsson

Mikael Samuelsson is a player that flies under the radar a lot of the time. For instance, did you know that Samuelsson has played in four of the best professional hockey leagues in the world (NHL, AHL, Elitserien & Swiss National League)? Or that he was a member of the 2006 Swedish Olympic team that captured a gold medal in Turin? If you did, then kudos to your player knowledge. Although Mikael is not the flashiest or most talked about player in the league or even on his own team, his skill-set and intangibles have served him extremely well over the course of his career. He is currently plying his trade in Vancouver and – surprise, surprise – the Canucks are one of the best teams in the league and a definite Stanley Cup contender in 2011. Mikael is once again providing what he always has; an ability to play with a plethora of different linemates in all situations, as well as the ability to put up timely points at key points throughout the season. He is currently enjoying a streak where he has been absolutely red-hot for the Canucks since coming out of the All-Star break, scoring seven points in the past three games to cap off a string of Vancouver victories. A member of the Triple Gold Club (Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, World Championship), Mikael is once again playing at an elite level and looking to help the Canucks challenge for the league’s top prize and add another impressive mark to his hockey resume.
  • Mikael has tallied seven points in his last three games, all victories for the Canucks; also has recorded a +4 during that span and netted the game-winner in Monday’s 4-2 win over Ottawa
  • Currently 4th on the Canucks in points, behind only the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler
  • Showing the diversity of his game, the native of Mariefred, Sweden, has played on all four lines in Vancouver this season, and has recently been a crucial member of the Canucks power-play

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Born in Mariefred, Sweden on December 23, 1976
  • Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 5th round, 145th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft
  • A member of the 2008 Stanley Cup champion, Detroit Red Wings team
  • Has represented Sweden at numerous international events, including the 2006 IIHF Men’s World Championships (Gold) and the 2006 Turin Olympics (Gold), making a him a member of the highly prestigious, Triple Gold Club
  • Involved with NHLPA Goals & Dreams donation of 25 complete sets of brand-new hockey equipment to children in the Mariefred IFK program

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