Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Samuel Pahlsson
No matter how great Sami Pahlsson's NHL career turns out, many will remember that the young Swedish forward was traded for Raymond Bourque. Let me explain.

Pahlsson, born December 17, 1977 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden was a strong defensive forward for MoDo in Sweden when he was drafted 176th overall in the 1996 Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, who used their tenth pick.

Pahlsson finished his career with Modo, enjoying his best season in 1998-99 when he tallied 17 goals and 34 points. But Raymond Bourque had expressed his desire to win a Stanley Cup before he retired, and the Bruins, who were not going to give Bourque that opportunity in the near future, relented and sought eager takers for the star defenseman. The best deal, both for Bourque and the Bruins, came from Colorado, who shipped Sami Pahlsson along with Brian Rolston, Martin Grenier and a first round draft choice to Boston for Bourque and forward Dave Andreychuk on March 6, 2000. Sami joined the NHL that fall, making his debut as a Bruin in the season opener October 5, 2000 against the Ottawa Senators. But after just 17 games, Pahlsson was traded to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Patrick Traverse and Andrei Nazarov. Sami finished the season as a Mighty Duck, scoring 4 goals and 9 points as an NHL rookie.

Over the course of the next four seasons, Pahlsson has shown his worth as a strong defensive centre with excellent faceoff skills. In 2002-03, the former Avalanche prospect helped the Mighty Ducks reach their first Stanley Cup final, only to lose in a hard fought seven game series to the New Jersey Devils. Over the course of the next few seasons, Pahlsson established himself as one of the leagues top defensive forwards and excelled in defensive situations. In 2006-07, Pahlsson's career year included a personal best 26 points and a nomination for the Frank J. Selke Award. During the playoffs that season, he represented the Ducks in all 21 games en route to the 2007 Stanley Cup.

On the international scene, Pahlsson represented his homeland at the 1996 World Junior Championship and is a four-time member of Sweden's World Championship team (1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005), in the Olympics Pahlsson earned a Gold Medal in 2006 as Sweden defeated Finland.

After parts of eight seasons in Anaheim, Pahlsson was sent to the Chicago Blackhawks at the trade deadline in exchange for defender James Wisniewski.

In the summer of 2009 Pahlsson would again be on the move. This time he found himself an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1st.

After two and half seasons with the Blue Jackets, Pahlsson would find himself on the move again. This time dealt to the powerful Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a pair of fourth round draft picks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Ange IK Sweden-4 9 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Ange IK Sweden-4
1994-95 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Sweden EJC-A 5 1 4 5 2
1995-96 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 30 10 11 21 26
1995-96 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 36 1 3 4 8 4 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Sweden WJC-A 7 0 0 0 0
1996-97 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 49 8 9 17 83
1996-97 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 5 2 6 8 2
1997-98 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 23 6 11 17 24 9 3 0 3 6
1998-99 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 50 17 17 34 44 13 3 3 6 10
1998-99 Sweden WC-A 10 1 3 4 4
1999-00 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 47 16 11 27 67 13 3 3 6 8
1999-00 MoDo Ornskoldsvik EuroHL 4 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 2 2
1999-00 Sweden WC-A 7 0 0 0 4 0
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 17 1 1 2 6 -5
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 59 3 4 7 14 -9
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 6 14 20 26 -16
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 34 4 11 15 18 +10 21 2 4 6 12
2002-03 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 13 1 7 8 24
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 8 14 22 52 -2
2003-04 Sweden WC-A 9 1 3 4 8 -1
2004-05 Sweden W-Cup 4 0 0 0 6 -5
2004-05 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 48 6 18 24 56 14 4 7 11 24
2004-05 Sweden WC-A 9 2 5 7 28 +3
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 11 10 21 34 -1 16 2 3 5 18
2005-06 Sweden Olympics 8 2 2 4 8 -1
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 8 18 26 42 -4 21 3 9 12 20
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 56 6 9 15 34 -2 6 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 52 5 10 15 32 -16
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 2 1 3 2 -1 17 2 3 5 4
2009-10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 3 13 16 32 -9
2009-10 Sweden Olympics 3 0 1 1 2 0
2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 7 13 20 30 -13
2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 61 2 9 11 22 -6
2011-12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 19 2 4 6 12 +4 5 1 0 1 4
2012-13 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 23 0 4 4 8 5 0 0 0 12
2013-14 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 55 10 9 19 40 2 0 1 1 0
2014-15 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 53 4 10 14 28
2014-15 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden-Q 4 1 1 2 4
NHL Totals 798 68 131 199 356 86 10 19 29 58


Swedish Junior Player of the Year (1997) Traded to Boston by Colorado with Brian Rolston, Martin Grenier and New Jersey's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Boston selected Martin Samuelsson) in 2000 NHL Draft for Raymond Bourque and Dave Andreychuk, March 6, 2000. Traded to Anaheim by Boston for Patrick Traverse and Andrei Nazarov, November 18, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Frolunda (Sweden), September 15, 2004. Traded to Chicago by Anaheim with Logan Stephenson and future considerations for James Wisniewski and Petri Kontiola, March 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 1, 2009. Traded to Vancouver by Columbus for Taylor Ellington, NY Islanders' 4th round pick (previously acquired, Columbus selected Josh Anderson) in 2012 NHL Draft and Vancouver's 4th round pick (later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Taylor Leier) in 2012 NHL Draft, February 27, 2012. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), June 18, 2012.
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