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!

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222 80
Nicklas Lidström is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Nicklas Lidström Defenseman

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227 83
Peter Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Peter Forsberg Centerman

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178 73
Mats Sundin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Mats Sundin Centerman

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163 77
Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Erik Karlsson Defenseman

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166 82
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Henrik Lundqvist Goaltender

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119 57
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Henrik Sedin Centerman

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114 53
Börje Salming is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
David F Rahilly added Börje Salming Defenseman

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120 58
Nicklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

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136 70
Henrik Zetterberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Henrik Zetterberg Left Wing, Centerman

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123 63
Daniel Alfredsson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Daniel Alfredsson Right wing

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111 55
Daniel Sedin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Daniel Sedin Left Wing

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98 47
Markus Näslund is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Markus Näslund Left wing

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25 6
Kent Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
EdwardO'Herlihy added Kent Nilsson Centerman

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51 39
Mats Näslund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Mats Näslund Left wing

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52 44
Niklas Kronwall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Niklas Kronwall Defenseman

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42 38
Michael Nylander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Michael Nylander Centerman

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49 46
Johan Franzén is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Johan Franzén Right wing

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35 31
Thomas Steen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Thomas Steen Forward

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49 49
Mattias Öhlund is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Mattias Öhlund Defenseman

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32 32
Ulf Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Ulf Samuelsson Defenseman

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30 30
Bob Nystrom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Bob Nystrom Left Wing

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29 31
Rickard Rakell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
charlie54 added Rickard Rakell Right wing

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26 29
Calle Johansson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Calle Johansson Defenseman

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3 1
Mikael Backlund is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Ryan Lewis added Mikael Backlund Centerman

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24 27
Fredrik Olausson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Fredrik Olausson Defenseman

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31 36
Mikael Renberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Mikael Renberg Right wing

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22 26
Patrik Berglund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Patrik Berglund Centerman

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25 30
Tommy Salo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Tommy Salo Goaltender

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24 29
Ulf Dahlén is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Ulf Dahlén Left wing

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24 31
Jakob Silfverberg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
charlie54 added Jakob Silfverberg Right wing

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30 37
Loui Eriksson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Loui Eriksson Left Wing, Winger

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28 38
Johnny Oduya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Johnny Oduya Defenseman

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18 25
Fredrik Modin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Fredrik Modin Left wing

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16 24
Tommy Albelin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Tommy Albelin Defenseman

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16 25
Niklas Sundström is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

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16 25
Jonas Gustavsson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Jonas Gustavsson Goaltender

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18 28
Samuel Påhlsson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Samuel Påhlsson Centerman

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20 31
Mikael Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Mikael Samuelsson Right wing

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15 25
P. J. Axelsson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players

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13 23
Johan Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Johan Hedberg Goaltender

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11 21
Henrik Tallinder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Henrik Tallinder Defenseman

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11 21
Marcus Ragnarsson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Marcus Ragnarsson Defenseman

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13 25
Kristian Huselius is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Kristian Huselius Left Wing

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10 22
Andreas Lilja is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Andreas Lilja Defenseman

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7 28
Erik Ersberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Swedish NHL Players
Erik Ersberg Goaltender