Henrik Zetterberg

Despite playing his entire career in an Original Six city, Henrik Zetterberg had a brilliant under the radar career.  The Swedish Centre was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy in 2003 and two seasons later he would develop into one of the most well rounded players in the National Hockey League.

Zetterberg was a very good playmaker who would finish in the top seven in Assists four times and he was a 70 Point scorer five times.  His best season (2007-08) would see him score 92 Points with a Second Team All Star selection.  He had a career high 43 Goals that year, 10 of which were of the NHL leading Game-Winning variety.  As good as that regular season was he was far more dominant in the playoffs where he was the leader in Goals, Points and Plus/Minus and would lead Detroit to win the Stanley Cup.  Five times he would finish in the top ten in Frank J. Selke voting and three times he was in the top vote getters for the Lady Byng.  While he never finished higher than tenth in Hart Trophy voting he was good enough to receive votes for the most prestigious individual award in hockey five times.

If you think Zetterberg is a bubble candidate his international accomplishments should put him over.  While representing Sweden he would win a Gold Medal in the Olympics and in the World Hockey Championship while also securing a Silver Medal in both of those events.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Njurunda, Sweden
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2021
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Played For: Detroit Red Wings
  • Non-NHL Teams: Team Sweden (Olympics, 2002, 2006, 2010 & 2014; World Cup 2004; World Hockey Championships (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 & 2012)
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Star (2008)
    All-Star (2007 & 2008)
    Conn Smythe Award (2008)
    King Clancy Award (2011)
    Most Game-Winning Goals (2007)
    Stanley Cup Rings (1) (Detroit Red Wings 2008)
    Olympic Gold Medal (1) (Sweden, 2006)
    Olympic Silver Medal (1) (Sweden, 2014)  
    World Hockey Championship Gold Medal (1) (Sweden, 2006)
    World Hockey Championship Silver Medal (1) (Sweden, 2003)
    World Hockey Championship Bronze Medal (2) (Sweden, 2001 & 2002)

Should Henrik Zetterberg be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%


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