Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nils Ekman
Swedish right-winger Nils Ekman was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1994 but made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning instead.

He had stops in the American Hockey League, the Finnish Elite League and the International Hockey League before he stepped into Tampa's lineup during the 1999-00 campaign. Ekman played 28 games for the Lightning and scored two goals and two assists while compiling 36 minutes in penalties. In 2000-01 Ekman showed he had soft hands by potting 22 goals in 33 games for the IHL's Detroit Vipers which earned him another look from the Lightning. Despite playing just 33 games, Ekman won the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL's top rookie.

Ekman's touch, unfortunately didn't translate as well to the NHL though he did manage nine goals and 20 points in 43 games.

The Lightning, in search of veteran leadership, traded Ekman to the New York Rangers along with Kyle Freadrich in exchange for checking center Tim Taylor. The trade looked good for Tampa when Ekman decided not to return to the NHL and opted instead to go back to his homeland and play in the Swedish Elite League.

With Djurgardens IF Stockholm Ekman scored 16 goals and added 15 assists in 38 games which was good for third in team scoring before he opted to return to North America in 2002-03 with the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford before being dealt to the San Jose Sharks in the summer of 2003. In his first full season in the NHL in 2003-04, Ekman registered 55 points (22-23-55).

On July 20, 2006 Ekman was involved in a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the San Jose Sharks with Patrick Ehelechner for Carolina's 2nd round choice (previously acquired) in the 2007 Entry Draft. He missed the majority of his only season in Pittsburgh due to an elbow injury suffered in late December. The following summer, Ekman signed as a free agent overseas with Khimik of the Russian Super League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Hammarby IF Stockholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 11 4 5 9 14
1993-94 Hammarby IF Stockholm Sweden-2 18 7 2 9 4
1993-94 Sweden EJC-A 4 1 1 2 4
1994-95 Hammarby IF Stockholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 2 1 3 0
1994-95 Hammarby IF Stockholm Sweden-2 32 10 8 18 18
1995-96 Hammarby IF Stockholm Sweden-2 26 9 7 16 53 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Sweden WJC-A 7 2 1 3 4
1996-97 Kiekko-Espoo Finland 50 24 19 43 60 4 2 0 2 4
1997-98 Kiekko-Espoo Finland 43 14 14 28 86 7 2 2 4 27
1997-98 Saint John Flames AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Blues Espoo Finland 52 20 14 34 96 3 1 1 2 6
1999-00 Detroit Vipers IHL 10 7 2 9 8 -2
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 28 2 2 4 36 -8
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 27 11 12 23 26 0 5 3 3 6 4
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 43 9 11 20 40 -15
2000-01 Detroit Vipers IHL 33 22 14 36 63 +3
2001-02 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 38 16 15 31 57 4 1 0 1 32
2002-03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 57 30 36 66 73 +6 2 0 2 2 4
2003-04 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 22 33 55 34 +30 16 0 3 3 8
2004-05 Sweden W-Cup
2004-05 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 44 18 27 45 106 12 4 5 9 20
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 21 36 57 54 +20 11 2 2 4 8
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 6 9 15 24 -14 1 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Khimik Moscow Region Russia 57 21 23 44 87 4 0 1 1 0
2007-08 Sweden WC-A 9 0 6 6 4 0
2008-09 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 46 16 20 36 50
2009-10 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 37 9 21 30 36 3 0 0 0 2
2010-11 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 20 4 5 9 33
NHL Totals 264 60 91 151 188 28 2 5 7 16


Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (IHL - Rookie of the Year) (2000) Traded to Tampa Bay by Calgary with Calgary's 4th round pick (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Vladimir Gorbunov) in 2000 NHL Draft for Andreas Johansson, November 20, 1999. Traded to NY Rangers by Tampa Bay with Kyle Freadrich for Tim Taylor, June 30, 2001. Traded to San Jose by NY Rangers for Chad Wiseman, August 12, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), September 16, 2004. Traded to Pittsburgh by San Jose with Patrick Ehelechner for Carolina's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Kevin Marshall) in 2007 NHL Draft, July 20, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to elbow injury vs. Toronto, December 29, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Khimik Mytischi (Russia), August 12, 2007.
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