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Niklas Sundstrom
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Born 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06) (age 43)
Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
Played for New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
Montreal Canadiens
National team Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1993
New York Rangers
Playing career 1991–2013

Niklas Sundstrom (born Lars Niklas Sundstrom on June 6, 1975 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a former professional ice hockey player who started his professional career in Modo Hockey.

He played forward and was not known for his goal scoring ability, but for his defensive play.

Playing CareerEdit

As a junior player, Niklas formed a line in Modo with future NHL stars Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund.

He was drafted eighth overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, playing on Wayne Gretzky's line.

On June 26, 1999, Niklas was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Dan Cloutier and the Rangers' first (Nikita Alexeev and third- (which was later traded to San Jose and later traded to Chicago who selected Igor Radulov) round choices in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft for Chicago's first-round choice (which was previously acquired and the Rangers selected Pavel Brendl) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

On August 4, 1999, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks with the New York Rangers' third-round choice (which was previously acquired and later traded to Chicago who selected Igor Radulov) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Bill Houlder, Andrei Zyuzin, Shawn Burr and Steve Guolla.

With the Sharks, Niklas wore the number 24 for the San Jose Sharks. On January 23, 2003, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens along with San Jose's third-round choice (which was later traded to Los Angeles who selected Paul Baier) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Jeff Hackett.

With the Canadiens, he wore the number 37. On October 1, 2004, Niklas was signed as a free agent by Milano in Italy during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

On June 6, 2006 (after playing 11 NHL seasons), he returned to Sweden where he was signed as a free agent by Modo.

With Modo, Niklas led the team to a surprise title during his first season, scoring several vital goals in the playoffs.

He formed an effective partnership with Norwegian Per-Åge Skrøder, leading to Skrøder winning the top scorer rankings in 2009.

Despite Niklas having the best plus-minus rating in the entire series, Modo still missed the playoffs that year.

On December 3, 2013, Niklas officially announced his retirement.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991-92 Modo Hockey SEL 8 1 3 4 0
1992–93 Modo Hockey SEL 40 7 11 18 18 3 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Modo Hockey SEL 37 7 12 19 28 11 4 3 7 2
1994–95 Modo Hockey SEL 33 8 13 21 30
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 82 9 12 21 14 11 4 3 7 4
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 82 24 28 52 20 9 0 5 5 2
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 70 19 28 47 24
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 81 13 30 43 20
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 12 25 37 22 12 0 2 2 2
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 10 39 49 28 6 0 3 3 2
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 73 9 30 39 50 12 1 6 7 6
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 47 2 10 12 22
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 5 9 14 8
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 8 12 20 18 4 1 0 1 2
2004-05 HC Milano Italy 33 9 27 36 40
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 55 6 9 15 30 5 0 3 3 4
2006-07 Modo Hockey SEL 47 9 36 45 116 20 5 8 13 26
2007-08 Modo Hockey SEL 45 7 30 37 128 5 0 6 6 14
2008-09 Modo Hockey SEL 49 18 35 53 70
2009-10 Modo Hockey SEL 32 5 15 20 28
2010-11 Modo Hockey SEL 53 11 22 33 40
NHL totals 750 117 232 349 256 59 6 22 28 22
SEL totals 345 73 177 250 257 39 9 17 26 42