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Robert Nilsson
Robert Nilsson
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Bobby
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
194 lb (88 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Born 10 January 1985 (1985-01-10) (age 31),
Calgary, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2003
New York Islanders
Pro Career 2002 – present


Robert Åke Nilsson (born January 10, 1985 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian-born Swedish professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Kontinental Hockey League.


Playing careerEdit

Nilsson began his career in the Elitserien with Leksands IF in 2002–03. He recorded 21 points in his rookie season, breaking Markus Näslund's 13-year mark for most points by a 17-year-old in the league.[1] Nilsson was then drafted by the New York Islanders with the 15th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

He remained in Sweden an additional two seasons, which included a brief, seven-game stint with HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss Nationalliga A, before joining the Islanders in 2005–06. Nilsson scored his first NHL goal within a month of his debut on October 29, 2005, against the Buffalo Sabres. Nilsson, however, struggled to adjust to the NHL style of play and was sent down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. After scoring 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 29 games for the Sound Tigers, Nilsson was recalled to finish the year with the Islanders, recording 20 points in 53 total games during his NHL rookie season. At one point, Nilsson played on the top line with team captain Alexei Yashin and close friend Sean Bergenheim.

In 2006–07, Nilsson was sent back to the Sound Tigers to start the season. He remained with the club until February 27, 2007, when he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers with Ryan O'Marra and the Islanders' 1st round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft for Ryan Smyth. Nilsson transferred AHL teams accordingly and began playing in the Oilers' farm system with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. During a call-up, he scored his first goal as an Oiler on March 15, 2007. He would go on to record a combined 70 points during his next two seasons with the Oilers.

On June 30, 2010, the remainder of Nilsson's contract was bought out by the Oilers. He had one year remaining on his original three-year contract, and would have earned $2.5 million with a $2 million hit against the salary cap. With this buyout, Nilsson became an unrestricted free agent.[2]

On July 22, 2010, it became known that Nilsson had signed a 2-year contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.[3]


International playEdit

Nilsson represented Sweden at the 2003, 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships.


Personal lifeEdit

Nilsson [4] was born in Canada while his father, Kent Nilsson, was a member of the NHL's Calgary Flames. The majority of his childhood, however, was spent in Sweden.


Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Leksands IF SEL 41 8 13 21 10 5 0 1 1 2
2003–04 Leksands IF SEL 34 2 4 6 6
2003–04 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 7 1 3 4 2 4 1 0 1 2
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 23 2 4 6 6 3 0 0 0 0
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 53 6 14 20 26
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 29 8 20 28 12 7 1 4 5 0
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 50 12 34 46 34
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 19 6 14 20 14 11 3 12 15 8
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 1 0 1 4
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 71 10 31 41 22
2007–08 Springfield Falcons AHL 5 2 2 4 4
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 9 20 29 26
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 11 16 27 12
2010–11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 41 5 22 27 28 21 3 7 10 2
NHL totals 252 37 81 118 90

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2011 Bratislava
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Sweden WJC18 6 2 0 2 0
2002 Sweden WJC18 8 2 3 5 8
2003 Sweden WJC 6 4 2 6 4
2004 Sweden WJC 6 2 5 7 6
2005 Sweden WJC 6 1 3 4 8
2008 Sweden WC 9 2 4 6 6
2011 Sweden WC 9 1 6 7 0
Junior int'l totals 32 11 13 24 26
Senior int'l totals 18 3 10 13 6


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Preceded by
Sean Bergenheim
New York Islanders first round pick
2003
Succeeded by
Petteri Nokelainen
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