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The Best Swedish NHL Players 

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Updated July 9, 2019 10k votes 1.5k voters 21.2k views 47 items

List Rules Vote up the best Swedish hockey players to ever play in the NHL.

This list of Swedish NHL players includes Hall of Fame names (and soon to be HoFers) like Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Lidstrom, Peter Forsberg, and Fredrik Olausson as well as some of the game's biggest NHL stars like Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Hederberg, Henrik Lundqvist, and Johan Franzen. 

The Swedish Hockey League (SHL) is an excellent breeding ground for future NHL stars. Forsberg spent 13 years in the NHL, winning two Stanley Cup titles as center for the Colorado Avalanche. Forsberg is one of nine elite Sweden-born stars with a membership to the Triple Gold Club, an honor reserved for hockey players who have won gold medals in the Olympics and the World Championships, as well as the Stanley Cup.

Other Swedish players in the NHL include retried right wing Daniel Alfredsson, D-man Fredrik Olausson, and twin brothers Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin.

Who are the best Swedish NHL players of all-time? Vote on this list of famous Swedish ice hockey players below, giving the individuals you think are the best Swedish hockey players your support. If you see anyone missing from the list, feel free to add them so that other hockey fans and Ranker maniacs can vote for who you've added!

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Nicklas Lidström is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman
2
Peter Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Centerman

3
Mats Sundin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman
4
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender
5
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman
6
Börje Salming is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
David F Rahilly added Defenseman
7
Daniel Sedin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing
8
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman
9
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman
10
Nicklas Bäckstr&oum... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
11
Daniel Alfredsson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Right wing
12
Markus Näslund is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

13
Kent Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
EdwardO'Herlihy added Centerman
14
Mats Näslund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

15
Niklas Kronwall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman
16
Håkan Loob is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
irricanaman added
17
Johan Franzén is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Right wing
18
Michael Nylander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman
19
Mattias Öhlund is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman
20
Pelle Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
serosenberry added Goaltender
21
Ulf Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman
22
Thomas Steen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Forward
23
Bob Nystrom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing
24
Ulf Dahlén is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

25
Mikael Renberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Right wing