Hockey The Best Swedish NHL Players  

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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!

list ordered by

1
287 99
Nicklas Lidström is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

2
297 105
Peter Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Centerman

3
226 90
Mats Sundin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

4
208 93
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender

5
206 96
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

6
157 68
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

7
173 82
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman

8
157 72
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

9
150 69
Daniel Sedin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing

10
146 70
Börje Salming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
David F Rahilly added Defenseman

11
149 77
Daniel Alfredsson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Right wing

12
125 60
Markus Näslund is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

13
62 50
Mats Näslund is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

14
69 58
Niklas Kronwall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

15
36 23
Kent Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
EdwardO'Herlihy added Centerman

16
66 60
Mattias Öhlund is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

17
62 57
Johan Franzén is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Right wing

18
56 52
Michael Nylander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

19
48 46
Ulf Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

20
42 39
Bob Nystrom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing

21
44 44
Thomas Steen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Forward

22
44 49
Rickard Rakell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
charlie54 added Rickard Rakell Right wing

23
37 43
Jakob Silfverberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
charlie54 added

Right wing

24
15 15
Mikael Backlund is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Ryan Lewis added Centerman

25
32 38
Patrik Berglund is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

26
35 42
Ulf Dahlén is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

27
41 51
Loui Eriksson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing, Winger

28
33 44
Calle Johansson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

29
37 51
Mikael Renberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Right wing

30
31 43
Fredrik Olausson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

31
33 48
Tommy Salo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender

32
35 56
Johnny Oduya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

33
25 44
Mikael Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Right wing

34
23 41
Fredrik Modin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

35
21 38
Tommy Albelin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

36
24 44
Samuel Påhlsson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

37
21 40
Niklas Sundström is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

38
21 40
P. J. Axelsson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

39
19 39
Jonas Gustavsson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender

40
14 32
Henrik Tallinder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

41
17 38
Kristian Huselius is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing

42
16 38
Johan Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender

43
13 35
Andreas Lilja is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Andreas Lilja Defenseman

44
13 35
Marcus Ragnarsson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

45
9 45
Erik Ersberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Erik Ersberg Goaltender