Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Niclas Havelid
Niclas Havelid had eleven years of experience in his native Sweden under his belt when he crossed the ocean to join the team that drafted him in the NHL's 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Havelid stepped directly into the Ducks line up and played fifty games with Anaheim during his first year in North America. The defenseman managed two goals and seven assists during his rookie season and spent just two games in the minor leagues which came when he was rehabbing a hand injury. In all, the undersized blue liner made the transition to the North American style of play quite smoothly.

His second year with the Ducks continued smoothly with Havelid continuing to play a solid, simple game in his own zone and his comfort with the offensive game translating into improved totals of four goals and ten assists, but a serious knee injury limited him to just 47 games.

Havelid's third season was slowed by rehabbing his knee and then, when healthy, he and the team struggled. After two injury plagued seasons, Havelid looked to remain healthy in 2002-03 and remain healthy he did, suiting up for all 82 games. He established career highs in goals (11), assists (22) and points (34)while helping the Mighty Ducks reach the Stanley Cup final, only to lose a hard fought seven game series to the New Jersey Devils. Havelid continued his strong play in 2003-04, however, the Mighty Ducks struggled and missed the playoffs. Once Havelid's season in Anaheim came to an end, he went on to help Sweden capture a silver medal at the 2004 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

After five seasons with Anaheim, Havelid was acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2004. Midway through his first season with the Thrashers, Havelid earned a Gold Medal representing Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Havelid's time in Atlanta came to an end on March 2, 2009, just days prior to the NHL trade deadline when he was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Anssi Salmela.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Enkopings SK Sweden-3 7 0 1 1 0
1989-90 Enkopings SK Sweden-3 24 1 2 3 28
1990-91 Rosersberg/Arlanda 73 HC Marsta Sweden-2 30 2 3 5 22
1990-91 Sweden EJC-A 6 1 0 1 0
1991-92 AIK Solna Sweden 10 0 0 0 2
1992-93 AIK Solna Sweden 30 1 2 3 22 3 0 0 0 2
1992-93 Sweden WJC-A 7 0 0 0 10
1993-94 AIK Solna Sweden-2 22 3 9 12 14
1994-95 AIK Solna Sweden 40 3 7 10 38
1995-96 AIK Solna Sweden 40 5 6 11 30
1996-97 AIK Solna Sweden 49 3 6 9 42 7 1 2 3 8
1997-98 AIK Solna Sweden 43 8 4 12 42 10 1 3 4 39
1997-98 Sweden WC-A 9 0 2 2 8
1998-99 MIF Redhawks Malmo Sweden 50 10 12 22 42 8 0 4 4 10
1999-00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 50 2 7 9 20 0
1999-00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 47 4 10 14 34 -6
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 52 1 2 3 40 -13
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 11 22 33 30 +5 21 0 4 4 2
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 6 20 26 28 -28
2003-04 Sweden WC-A 9 0 2 2 0 +10
2004-05 Sodertalje SK Sweden 46 2 2 4 60 10 1 1 2 18
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 4 28 32 48 +9
2005-06 Sweden Olympics 7 0 0 0 4 +2
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 77 3 18 21 52 -2 4 0 2 2 0
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 1 13 14 42 +2
2008-09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 63 2 13 15 42 +4
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 15 0 4 4 6 -2 7 0 1 1 2
2009-10 Linkopings HC Sweden 53 3 10 13 28 12 0 5 5 18
2010-11 Linkopings HC Sweden 50 5 17 22 22 7 2 2 4 2
NHL Totals 628 34 137 171 342 32 0 7 7 4


Traded to Atlanta by Anaheim for Kurtis Foster, June 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden), August 9, 2004. Traded to New Jersey by Atlanta with Myles Stoesz for Anssi Salmela, March 1, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Linkopings (Sweden), May 15, 2009.
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