Niklas Andersson
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
5 ft 9.25 in (1.76 m)
176 lb (80 kg)
SEL Team Frölunda HC
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born May 20 1971 (1971-05-20) (age 49),
Kungälv, Sweden
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1989
Quebec Nordiques
Pro Career 1989 – present

Per Niklas Andersson (born May 20, 1971) is a Swedish professional ice hockey left winger, currently playing for Frölunda HC in Elitserien. He has spent time with several National Hockey League (NHL) teams as well as various minor professional teams in North America.

Playing career Edit

Andersson was selected in the 4th round (68th overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques, while he was playing in his native Sweden for Västra Frölunda HC. At the age of 20, he left Frölunda to play in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Nordiques' affiliate, the Halifax Citadels. He played there for two years until the team moved to Cornwall, Ontario. After a year with Cornwall he was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders, and assigned to their International Hockey League (IHL) club, the Denver Grizzlies (which became the Utah Grizzlies the following year), until being recalled halfway through the 1995–96 season. He finished that year with the Islanders, and played another two before signing with the San Jose Sharks prior to the 1997–98 season.

Andersson spent the following year with two minor clubs, one in the AHL and one in the IHL. He was not re-signed by the Sharks, and instead went to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He never played in the NHL for the Leafs, and was instead sent to the IHL's Chicago Wolves until he traded back to the Islanders on August 17, 1999, for Craig Charron. Partway through the season he was claimed off of waivers by the Nashville Predators and played seven games for them before being placed back on waivers and picked up by the Islanders again. He finished the year with them, playing in 17 games and scoring 10 points.

During the following off season he was signed by the Calgary Flames, but played most of the season in the IHL with the Chicago Wolves again. After that season, he returned to his native Sweden and his old club Frölunda HC, for whom he has been a key player the past seven seasons.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Västra Frölunda HC Swe-2 1555106 864104
1988–89 Västra Frölunda HC Swe-2 3012243624 1046104
1989–90 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 3810213114
1990–91 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 226101616
1990–91 Västra Frölunda HC Swe-2 178152312 1063924
1991–92 Halifax Citadels AHL 578263441
1992–93 Halifax Citadels AHL 7632508242
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 30112
1993–94 Cornwall Aces AHL 421834528
1994–95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 6622396128 158132110
1995–96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 3013223525
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 4814122612
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 7412314357
1997–98 Utah Grizzlies IHL 216202624 43144
1997–98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 3710283854
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 50002
1998–99 Chicago Wolves IHL 6517476449 1022410
1999–00 Chicago Wolves IHL 5220214159 96174
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 1737108
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 70110
2000–01 Chicago Wolves IHL 6633397281 161141514
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 110114
2001–02 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 4114324664 70226
2002–03 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 4924184259 1537108
2003–04 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 4617193680 71782
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 4414274116 14103134
2005–06 Frölunda HC SEL 5013385153 176101610
2006–07 Frölunda HC SEL 5121274875
2007–08 Frölunda HC SEL 4812374950 724612
2008–09 Frölunda HC SEL 5216213722 1134710
NHL Totals 16529538285
SEL Totals 441147250397449 7825376252

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Henrik Zetterberg
Golden Puck
Succeeded by
Johan Davidsson
Preceded by
Jonas Johnson
Frölunda HC captains
Succeeded by
Joel Lundqvist

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