Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Per Gustafsson
Defenceman Per Gustafsson played briefly in the NHL during the late 90s. He was a fine offensive player in the Swedish Elite League but did not have the defensive zone coverage game required for North America.

Born in Osterham, Sweden, Gustafsson played two years with the HV Jonkoping junior squad before joining its senior team. He was chosen 261st overall by the Florida Panthers in 1994 and helped the Jonkoping club win the Swedish championship the next season.

Gustafsson showed some promise as an NHL rookie with 29 points in 58 games in 1996-97. The Panthers were concerned about his defensive game and durability so he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the off-season. He started the year in the NHL but was sent down to the AHL and eventually traded to the Ottawa Senators for a draft pick. He played nine regular season contests and one playoff game for the Sens before returning to Jonkoping.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 IK Oskarshamn Sweden-3 20 0 2 2
1987-88 IK Oskarshamn Sweden-3 36 7 13 20
1988-89 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 14 1 4 5 8 3 0 0 0 2
1989-90 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 27 4 3 7 16
1990-91 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 31 3 5 8 16 2 0 0 0 4
1991-92 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 39 9 8 17 22 3 0 0 0 0
1992-93 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 40 6 3 9 28
1993-94 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 34 9 7 16 10
1994-95 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 38 10 6 16 14 13 7 5 12 8
1995-96 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 34 8 13 21 12 4 3 1 4 2
1995-96 Sweden WC-A 6 2 2 4 2
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 58 7 22 29 22 +11
1996-97 Sweden WC-A 6 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 1 4 5 10 -5
1997-98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 25 7 18 25 10 -5
1997-98 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 0 1 1 6 +3 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 50 12 16 28 52
1999-00 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 40 6 15 21 47 6 1 4 5 10
2000-01 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 48 9 18 27 46
2001-02 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 46 6 9 15 20 8 1 2 3 12
2002-03 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 15 2 6 8 6 7 0 3 3 0
2002-03 Sweden WC-A 3 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 32 4 23 27 32 14 0 5 5 8
2004-05 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 46 9 15 24 44
2005-06 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 48 6 25 31 48 12 1 5 6 16
2006-07 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 52 7 18 25 56 14 4 3 7 20
2007-08 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 38 3 7 10 28 14 1 1 2 6
2008-09 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 49 9 18 27 42 15 0 2 2 16
2009-10 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 12 0 1 1 16 5 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 89 8 27 35 38 1 0 0 0 0


Swedish World All-Star Team (1996) Traded to Toronto by Florida for Mike Lankshear, June 13, 1997. Traded to Ottawa by Toronto for Ottawa's 8th round pick (Dwight Wolfe) in 1998 NHL Draft, March 17, 1998.
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