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
252 87
Nicklas Lidström is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

2
258 94
Peter Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Centerman

3
194 80
Mats Sundin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

4
184 81
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

5
179 86
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender

6
149 74
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing, Centerman

7
127 59
Daniel Sedin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing

8
134 64
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

9
128 60
Börje Salming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
David F Rahilly added Defenseman

10
132 63
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

11
110 52
Markus Näslund is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

12
133 69
Daniel Alfredsson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Right wing

13
31 11
Kent Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
EdwardO'Herlihy added Centerman

14
56 42
Mats Näslund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

15
58 47
Niklas Kronwall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

16
49 42
Michael Nylander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

17
58 53
Mattias Öhlund is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

18
54 50
Johan Franzén is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Right wing

19
39 36
Thomas Steen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Forward

20
11 4
Mikael Backlund is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Ryan Lewis added Centerman

21
40 39
Ulf Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

22
34 34
Bob Nystrom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing

23
36 41
Rickard Rakell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
charlie54 added Rickard Rakell Right wing

24
29 34
Fredrik Olausson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

25
30 36
Calle Johansson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

26
26 31
Patrik Berglund is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

27
30 37
Tommy Salo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender

28
29 36
Ulf Dahlén is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

29
29 36
Jakob Silfverberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
charlie54 added

Right wing

30
34 43
Loui Eriksson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing, Winger

31
32 42
Mikael Renberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Right wing

32
22 35
Samuel Påhlsson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Centerman

33
19 31
P. J. Axelsson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

34
30 47
Johnny Oduya is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

35
19 32
Fredrik Modin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

Left wing

36
21 36
Mikael Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Right wing

37
17 31
Niklas Sundström is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

38
17 31
Jonas Gustavsson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender

39
17 31
Tommy Albelin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

40
15 29
Kristian Huselius is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Left Wing

41
14 30
Johan Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Goaltender

42
11 26
Henrik Tallinder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

43
11 27
Marcus Ragnarsson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Defenseman

44
11 27
Andreas Lilja is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Andreas Lilja Defenseman

45
8 34
Erik Ersberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Erik Ersberg Goaltender