Mikael Samuelsson
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Mr. Mongo
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
213 lb (97 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Vancouver Canucks
Florida Panthers
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
Detroit Red Wings
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born December 23 1976 (1976-12-23) (age 43),
Mariefred, Sweden
NHL Draft 145th overall, 1998
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 1996 – present

Mikael Samuelsson (born December 23, 1976 in Mariefred, Södermanland County) is a Swedish professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is a member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club, having won the Stanley Cup, Olympics, and World Championship.

Playing careerEdit

San Jose SharksEdit

Samuelsson was drafted in the 5th round, 145th overall, by the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He was with the Sharks in 2000–01, played in four games and did not register any points.

New York RangersEdit

The following season he signed with the New York Rangers. Over the two seasons that he played for New York, he scored 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points as a Ranger. During the 2002–03 season he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit

Samuelsson would go on to score 2 goals in 22 games. Looking to move up in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft the Pens traded him, along with their 1st and 2nd round picks, to the Florida Panthers. In return, the Pittsburgh Penguins would receive the first overall pick, which would be used to draft goaltender Marc-André Fleury. Pittsburgh also received Florida's third round pick, which was used to draft Daniel Carcillo.

Florida PanthersEdit

Samuelsson was traded to the Panthers on June 21, 2003, the day of the NHL draft. The Florida Panthers also received Pittsburgh's first and second round picks, which were used to draft Nathan Horton and Stefan Meyer respectively. Samuelsson spent most of his time with the Panthers on the injured reserve list. On November 22, 2003, Samuelsson would fracture his jaw after being hit by Branislav Mezei's stick. He would not return until January 22, 2004, missing 22 games. Twelve days later, on January 23, 2004, Samuelsson would fracture his hand. He would miss another 21 games before returning on March 9, 2004. After scoring 9 points in 37 games, Samuelsson did not receive a qualifying offer from the Florida Panthers, therefore making him an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his professional career.

NHL LockoutEdit

During the NHL lockout, Samuelsson played in Europe, splitting his time between Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss Nationalliga A and Södertälje SK of the Swedish Elitserien.

Detroit Red WingsEdit

In the summer of 2005 Samuelsson was contacted by Håkan Andersson of the Detroit Red Wings. Andersson was aware Samuelsson did not have a contract, recommended him to the team, and Samuelsson subseqently signed a one-year contract with Detroit. During his first season with the Red Wings, Samuelsson recorded career NHL highs in games played, goals, assists, and points. In March 2006, Samuelsson signed a three-year contract extension with the Red Wings.

Samuelsson was an important piece of the Red Wings team during their 2008 championship run; he scored the first two goals of Game 1 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. He soon raised the Stanley Cup after the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. The victory made Samuelsson a member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club, along with teammates and fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall.

Vancouver CanucksEdit

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

International play Edit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Men's ice hockey
Gold 2006 Turin
World Championship
Gold 2006 Latvia

Played for Sweden in:

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Södertälje SK SEL 2942610
1997–98 Södertälje SK SEL 31881647
1998–99 Frölunda HC SEL 2705510
1998–99 Södertälje SK Swe-2 1813102326
1999–00 Brynäs IF SEL 4043776
2000–01 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 6632467858 31010
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 40000
2001–02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 836912
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 676101623
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 588142232
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 222028
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 3736935
2004–05 Genève-Servette HC Swiss-A 1224614
2004–05 Södertälje SK SEL 297132045 1033624
2005–06 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss-A 10000
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7123224542 60116
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5314203428 18381114
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7311294026 2258138
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8119214050 2355106
NHL totals 466 86 122 208 244 69 13 22 35 34


Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Sweden WC 9 1 4 5 4
2006 Sweden Oly 8 1 3 4 2
2006 Sweden WC 8 4 5 9 4

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