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Jacob Josefson
Jacob Josefson
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
181 lb (82 kg)
SEL Team Djurgårdens IF
Born March 2 1991 (1991-03-02) (age 25),
Stockholm, Sweden
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2009
New Jersey Devils
Pro Career 2007 – present

Jacob Josefson (born March 2, 1991) is a professional Swedish ice hockey centre, currently playing for Djurgårdens IF in Elitserien. He was acquired by Djurgården's youth organisation at the age of ten, where he also began playing junior hockey in 2005. Josefson made his Elitserien debut on February 28, 2008 against Timrå IK, and has since then become a regular member of the senior team. His achievements in the Swedish Elitserien drew attention from NHL and he was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, 20th overall.

Early lifeEdit

Josefson was born on March 2, 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden, to Annika and Peter Josefson.[1] He is the youngest of three brothers. At the age of two, Josefson began skating and joined his first club IK Göta at the age of five, where his older brothers had played before him.[2] He joined Hammarby IF for a year[3] before he was acquired by Djurgårdens IF at the age of ten[1], playing in the 1991 team.[4][5] He also played football until the age of 13, before deciding to focus entirely on hockey.[6]

Playing careerEdit

Josefson started to play junior hockey in 2005 in Djurgården's under-18 team.[7] During the 2006–07 season, he helped Djurgården's under-16 team to win the Swedish championship.[8][9] The 2007–08 season began with the national junior hockey tournament TV-pucken. Josefson's team Stockholm/Vit reached the final which ended with a 2–1 defeat to Småland.[10] He made his Elitserien debut on February 28, 2008 against Timrå IK.[1][11] However, this proved to be the only appearance Josefson would make in the Elitserien during the 2007–08 season. Josefson played for the J20-team during most of the season scoring 14 goals and 31 points. His team reached the playoffs and the semifinals, where Brynäs IF proved to be too hard.[12] Nevertheless, Josefson did manage to win a Swedish Championship during this season. He joined the under-18 team during the playoffs where he helped the team to beat Färjestads BK in the finals.[13]

He signed a two year contract with Djurgården in May 2008.[14] The plan was to bring up Josefson to the senior team when it suffered of illness and injuries, while his usual team would be the J20-team.[14] He scored his first goal in Elitserien on September 23 in his third game, a 4–1 win against Brynäs IF.[15][16] Ultimately, Josefson played almost every game of the regular season, and usually played along with Carl Gustafsson and Henrik Eriksson in the 4th line.[1][17] At the end of the season, Josefson had scored 5 goal and 16 points, which is a record for junior players that are 18 years or younger in the senior team.[18] Josefson was ranked third in the midterm rankings among European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[2] He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils, 20th overall.[19] He participated at the Devils rookie camp in July 2009 along with Devils prospect Mattias Tedenby.[20] He has been compared with centres Nicklas Bäckström and John Madden.[17][21]

In the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Djurgården participated in the Nordic Trophy pre-season tournament. In the second game, Josefson scored a hat-trick and two assists against Malmö Redhawks.[22] At the end of the group stage, Josefson was the scoring leader with five goals and seven points.[23] He scored his first points for the regular season, three assists, in the Elitserien premiere away against HV71.[24] Djurgården lost the game 7–6. However, Josefson would get his revenge when he scored the game-winning goal in the 3–2 victory over HV71 on October 20. This was also was his first goal of the regular season.[25] Josefson missed six rounds of Elitserien due to the World Junior Hockey Championship, but was back in the roster against Timrå IK on January 9.[26] He scored an assist against Rögle BK on January 30 which was his 17 point for the season, putting him ahead of last season's total of 16 points.[27] At the end of the regular season, Josefson had scored 8 goals and 20 points in 43 games. He missed the first two semifinals against Linköpings HC due to illness.[28][29] Josefson re-signed with Djurgården for another year on April 27.[30]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2009 Ottawa
Bronze 2010 Saskatoon
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Bronze 2008 Břeclav

Josefson played in his first IIHF sanctioned tournament when he was part of Sweden's team at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships. He managed to score a hat-trick in the first game against Belarus.[31] Josefson was a part of Sweden's national junior team at the 2009 World Junior Championships. He played in all of Sweden's six games but didn't score any points.[19] A few months later he yet again played for Sweden in the U18 Championship but could not help his team go further than fifth place in the tournament.[32] Josefson participated in the World Junior Championship for the second time when he was named for Team Sweden by head coach Pär Mårts for the 2010 World Junior Championships, along with fellow team-mates Daniel Brodin and Marcus Krüger.[33] He scored his first goal of the tournament and the first goal of the game against Austria in the preliminary rounds.[34] He scored two additional goals in Sweden's 7–1 victory over Finland in the last game of the preliminary rounds.[35] Josefson also made three assists in the tournament, totaling his score at six points.[36]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF J20 3414173122 72358
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF SEL 10000
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF J20 30116 61344
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF SEL 505111614
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF SEL 438122020 143254
SEL totals 9413233634 143254


Year Team Event GPGAPtsPIM
2008 Sweden Jr. WJC U18 34150
2009 Sweden Jr. WJC U18 63472
2009 Sweden Jr. WJC 60002
2010 Sweden Jr. WJC 63364
Junior int' totals 6223305326


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Draft Prospect Card - 2009. NHL. Retrieved on 2009-07-09.
  3. Brandt, Per. "Plantskolan som bär frukt",, 2008-02-04. Retrieved on 2009-07-07. (Swedish) 
  4. Djurgården Hockey Team 91 - Spelartrupp 2002/2003 (Swedish). Archived from the original on 2002-10-09. Retrieved on 2009-08-20.
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  8. Dammbro, Jerker (2007-03-25). Djurgården U16-lag vann SM-guld! (Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved on 6 July 2009.
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  10. Småland - Stockholm. Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2007-09-23). Retrieved on 2009-07-06.
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  13. Färjestads BK - Djurgårdens IF. Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2008-03-30). Retrieved on 2009-07-12.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Dammbro, Jerker (2008-05-08). Figren och Josefson klara för DIF (Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved on 2009-07-07.
  15. Risto Pakarinen (2009-09-28). Young guns making noise. IIHF. Retrieved on 2010-01-11.
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  17. 17.0 17.1 Shawn P. Roarke (2008-11-28). Josefson's Draft stock continues to rise. NHL. Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
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  19. 19.0 19.1 Chere, Rich. "New Jersey Devils trade up to pick Swedish center Jacob Josefson 20th in NHL entry draft",, The Star-Ledger, 2009-06-26. Retrieved on 2009-07-07. 
  20. Gelb, Matt. "Swedish prospects Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson spending plenty of time together at NJ Devils rookie camp",, The Star-Ledger, 2009-07-15. Retrieved on 2010-04-10. 
  21. Tom Canavan (2009-06-26). Devils move up in draft, select C Jacob Josefson. Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
  22. Djurgårdens IF IF - IF Malmö Redhawks. Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2009-08-14). Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
  23. Stats 2009. Nordic Trophy. Retrieved on 22 August 2009.
  24. HV 71 - Djurgårdens IF. Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2009-09-24). Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
  25. HV-slarv bäddade för Dif-seger (Swedish). Sveriges Television (2009-10-20). Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
  26. Djurgårdens IF - Timrå IK. Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2010-01-09). Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
  27. Djurgårdens IF - Rögle BK. Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2010-01-30). Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
  28. Johan Weichselbraun (2010-04-01). Nedsläpp: Josefson borta första semin (Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
  29. Tobias Josefsson (2010-04-03). Nedsläpp: Läget som förväntat (Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
  30. Josefson och Tjärnqvist förlänger med DIF (Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey (2010-04-27). Retrieved on 2010-04-27.
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  32. Aykroyd, Lucas (2009-04-19). Swedes fifth, Slovaks survive. IIHF. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  33. PRELIMINARY TEAM SWEDEN U20 ROSTER. Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2009-11-30). Retrieved on 2010-01-11.
  34. WJHC: Larsson, Rodin score two each as Sweden beats Austria. The Sports Network (2009-12-27). Retrieved on 2010-01-11.
  35. WJHC: Sweden beats Finland to advance to semifinals. The Sports Network (2009-12-31). Retrieved on 2010-01-11.
  36. Player statistics by team - Sweden. IIHF (2010-01-06). Retrieved on 2010-01-11.

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