Anton Strålman

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Anton Strålman
Anton Stralman - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Strålman with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014
Born (1986-08-01) 1 August 1986 (age 34)
Tibro, Sweden
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Timrå IK
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
National teamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
NHL Draft 216th overall, 2005
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2003present
Website stralman.com

Anton Strålman (born 1 August 1986) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Strålman has also played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the organization that drafted him in the seventh round, 216th overall, in 2005, as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, making the Stanley Cup Finals with the two latter teams, in 2014 and 2015.

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Playing career

Stralman with the Blue Jackets in 2009. Anton Stralman.png
Strålman with the Blue Jackets in 2009.

Strålman was selected on 30 July 2005, by the Toronto Maple Leafs as their fifth draft choice, 216th overall. He was picked in the seventh and final round of the post-lockout 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Earlier the same year, on 4 April, Strålman had signed a two-year contract with Timrå IK of the Swedish Elitserien. [1]

During the following 2005–06 season, Strålman adapted to Elitserien quickly and became a team regular. On 20 January 2006, this effort was recognized when he was named the third of four candidates for the 2006 Elitserien Rookie of the Year. The award was eventually won by forward Nicklas Bäckström. [2]

On 16 May 2007, Strålman signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He made his North American professional debut on 6 October 2007, with the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Maple Leafs, and made his NHL debut on 23 October in a home game against the Atlanta Thrashers. [3] [4] On 21 March 2008, he scored his first career NHL goal in a game against the Buffalo Sabres, then recorded his first multi-goal game against the Montreal Canadiens on 29 March.

During the 2009 off-season, Strålman was traded twice. On 27 July, he was traded to the Calgary Flames, along with Colin Stuart and a seventh-round draft pick in 2012, in exchange for Wayne Primeau and a second-round pick in the 2011. Several months later, on 28 September, he was traded by the Flames to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third-round pick in 2010.

As a free agent after the 2010–11 season, Strålman was on a try-out contract with the New Jersey Devils, but did not stick with the team when the final team roster was released. On 3 November, he then signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers. [5] As a restricted free agent at the end of the season, he initially planned to bring the Rangers to a salary arbitrator, but on 26 July 2012, he signed a two-year, $3.4 million contract with New York. During the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, Strålman helped the Rangers reach the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, where they were ultimately defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

On 1 July 2014, Strålman left the Rangers organization as an unrestricted free agent and signed a five-year, $22 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. [6] In the 2014–15 season, he set career-highs in goals (9), assists (30) and points (39) in his first season with the Lightning, helping the team reach the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals. During the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals, the Lightning defeated his former team, the Rangers, in seven games.

Stralman with the Rangers in March 2013. Anton Stralman 2013-03-16.JPG
Strålman with the Rangers in March 2013.

On 27 November 2015, Strålman played in his 500th career NHL game in a 2–4 Lightning loss to the Washington Capitals. [7] On 25 March 2016, Strålman suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula, during a 7–4 win over the New York Islanders. [8]

On 21 February 2017, Strålman recorded his 200th career NHL point. [9] Strålman's 200th point came in a 4–1 Lightning win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers at Amalie Arena. [10] On 23 February 2017, Strålman skated in his 600th career NHL game. [11]

After five seasons with the Lightning organization, Strålman left as a free agent to sign a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2019. [12]

International play

On 2 March 2016, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association named Strålman to its roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Strålman was joined by Lightning teammate Victor Hedman. The tournament ran from 17 Sep to 1 October 2016, in Toronto. [13]

On 15 April 2017, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association invited Strålman to its roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championship. However, he was awaiting medical clearance. [14] On 18 April 2017, it was announced that Strålman was cleared to play for team Sweden in the tournament. [15] On May 21, 2017, Strålman helped team Sweden capture gold in a 2-1 victory over Canada. [16]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2002–03 Skövde IK SWE.2 U20462092938
2003–04 Skövde IK SWE.3 27481218103144
2004–05 Skövde IK SWE.2 4199183491236
2005–06 Timrå IK SEL 4514528
2005–06Timrå IK J20 30004
2006–07 Timrå IKSEL5310112134713410
2007–08 Toronto Marlies AHL 210111122
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5036918
2008–09 Toronto MarliesAHL3679162461230
2008–09 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL381121320
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL736283437
2010–11 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL511171822
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL532161820203364
2012–13 New York RangersNHL4843716100000
2013–14 New York RangersNHL811121326250554
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL829303926261898
2015–16 Tampa Bay LightningNHL73925342061012
2016–17 Tampa Bay LightningNHL735172220
2017–18 Tampa Bay LightningNHL804141818171458
2018–19 Tampa Bay LightningNHL47215178
2019–20 Florida Panthers NHL69514191440002
SHL totals9811152662713410
NHL totals818522092612651076202628

International

Medal record
Representing Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Germany/France
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2009 Switzerland
YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2005 Sweden WJC 6th50002
2006 SwedenWJC5th60116
2007 Sweden WC 4th91120
2008 SwedenWC4th843731
2009 SwedenWCBronze medal icon.svg71456
2016 Sweden WCH Bronze medal icon.svg41126
2017 SwedenWCGold medal icon.svg100444
Junior totals110118
Senior totals387132047

Awards

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