2. Peter Forsberg

The Quebec Nordiques drafted Eric Lindros #1 in the 1991 NHL Draft, knowing full well that he would never report there.  As it turned out, Quebec would trade him to the Philadelphia Flyers for a plethora of players and assets, one of which was the rights to Peter Forsberg, a Swedish player that most people in North America were unaware of.  As it turned out, that was the best piece that Quebec got.

Forsberg joined the Nordiques in the 1994-95 season and would win the Calder Trophy in what was the last season that the franchise was in Quebec.  After the organization relocated to Colorado, the Swedish superstar would post the best numbers of his career with career-highs of 30 Goals, 86 Assists, and 116 Points and was a massive part of the Avalanche's Stanley Cup win in 1996.  Forsberg would remain well over a Point per Game, and as the dead puck era came in, he was still a top producer.  

In 1997-98 and 1998-99, he was named a First Team All-Star, and he was again huge in the Avs second Stanley Cup win in 2001.  2002-03 would see Forsberg lead the NHL in Assists (77) and Points (106), and for the first and only time in his career, he would win the Hart Trophy as the league MVP.  

We have also to mention that Forsberg was also was excellent at the defensive side of the ice.  Forsberg may have never won the Frank J. Selke Trophy Awards as the NHL's top defensive forward, but he was in the top ten in voting four times and was the runner-up in 1996-97.

His first run with Colorado ended when he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2005 but that he would come home again.  Forsberg resigned with the Avs in February of 2008 for the rest of their season, but that was a short-lived return as he joined Domo of the Swedish league for two seasons.  He retired but came back to Colorado in 2011, but that would last only two games. 

Overall, with the Avalanche, he scored 705 Points averaging 1.30 Points per Game.

Forsberg would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Rights traded from the Philadelphia Flyers with Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Philadelphia’s 1993 1st Round Pick (which would be Jocelyn Thibault), $15,000,000 and Future Considerations (which would be Chris Simon and a 1994 1st Round Pick, which was later traded to Washington and was Noel Baumgartner) for Eric Lindros 6/30/92.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Flyers 8/3/05.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 2/25/08.

    Departed (2): Signed as a Free Agent with Modo of the Swedish League after the 2007-08 Season.

    Acquired (3): Signed as a Free Agent 2/6/11.

    Departed (3): Retired 2/14/11.
  • Games Played: 591
  • Notable Statistics: 217 Goals, 538 Assists, 755 Points, 556 PIM, 1.27 PPG, +210 Plus/Minus, 84.6 Point Shares, 159 Points in 140 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cups (1996 & 2001)

    Hart Trophy (2003)

    Art Ross Trophy (2003)

    Calder Trophy (1995)

    First Team All Star (2001, 2002 & 2004)

    All-Star Game (1998, 1999 & 2003)

    First Team All-Rookie (1995)

    Most Assists (2002-03)

    Most Points (2002-03)

    Highest Plus/Minus (2002-03)

    Most Assists per Game (1997-98, 2002-03 & 2003-04)

    Most Points per Game (2002-03 & 2003-04)
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