Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kim Johnsson
Defenseman Kim Johnsson was the last player selected in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Despite the fact that he was such a late selection, he made the leap directly into the NHL without a game spent in the minors.

Johnsson spent five seasons in his native Sweden playing for Malmo after he was drafted by the New York Rangers, but he made the trip overseas to give the NHL a chance for the 1999-00 season. After a solid training camp Johnsson made the big club and impressed many with his solid offensive instincts, excellent passing and willingness to jump into the play.

He put together a solid season in Manhattan with six goals and 21 points. During his second year in the league he was a fixture on the Rangers powerplay along with Brian Leetch and continued to show strong offensive skills while rapidly improving.

Despite the impressive start to his big league career, Johnsson's named was bandied about in trade rumours in the summer of 2001. The Rangers were courting Flyers holdout Eric Lindros and though Philadelphia coveted New York defensive prospect Tomas Kloucek, when the deal was made it was Johnsson that was shipped out. Johnsson went to Philadelphia along with forwards Jan Hlavac and Pavel Brendl. Most observers felt that the key to the deal for the Flyers was the two skilled forwards they received with Johnsson being regarded as a throw-in, but the Swedish defenseman quickly changed their way of thinking.

In Philadelphia Johnsson simply blossomed. He stepped right in and became the steady offensive blue liner they had been looking for. Johnsson scored 11 goals and added 30 assists to lead all defenceman in scoring. His strong outlet passes made him a valuable part of the team and he keyed the transition game for the Flyers and quarterbacked their powerplay.

Johnsson's breakout season also included a trip to Salt Lake City to join Team Sweden for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and in 2003-04 established a career high in points with 42 (13-29-42).

After four years with Philadelphia, Johnsson signed as a free agent with the Minesota Wild in the summer of 2006.

On February 12, 2010, Johnsson was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Cam Barker.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Malmo IF Jr. Swe-Jr. 14 5 3 8 14
1993-94 Malmo IF Sweden 2 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Sweden EJC-A 5 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Malmo IF Jr. Swe-Jr. 29 6 15 21 40
1994-95 Malmo IF Sweden 13 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Malmo IF Sweden 38 2 0 2 30 4 0 1 1 8
1995-96 Sweden WJC-A 7 1 2 3 6
1996-97 MIF Redhawks Malmo Sweden 49 4 9 13 42 4 0 0 0 2
1997-98 MIF Redhawks Malmo Sweden 45 5 9 14 29
1997-98 Sweden WC-A 10 1 0 1 4
1998-99 MIF Redhawks Malmo Sweden 49 9 8 17 76 8 2 3 5 12
1998-99 Sweden WC-A 10 0 0 0 4
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 76 6 15 21 46 -13
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 75 5 21 26 40 -3
2000-01 Sweden WC-A 9 4 4 8 6 +11
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 11 30 41 42 +12 5 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Sweden Olympics 4 1 1 2 0 -2
2001-02 Sweden WC-A 6 0 1 1 2 +3
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 10 29 39 38 +11 13 0 3 3 8
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 13 29 42 26 +16 15 2 6 8 8
2004-05 Sweden W-Cup 4 1 3 4 0 -1
2004-05 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 24 4 10 14 61
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 6 19 25 34 +5
2005-06 Sweden Olympics
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 76 3 19 22 64 -4 4 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 4 23 27 42 -4 6 0 1 1 18
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 2 22 24 44 -3
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 52 6 8 14 26 +3
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 1 2 3 4 +7
NHL Totals 739 67 217 284 406 43 2 10 12 38


Traded to Philadelphia by NY Rangers with Jan Hlavac, Pavel Brendl and NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (Stefan Ruzicka) in 2003 NHL Draft for Eric Lindros, August 20, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Swiss), September 18, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2006. Traded to Chicago by Minnesota with Nick Leddy for Cam Barker, February 12, 2010.
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