Markus Naslund is a Swedish left winger on Modo Hockey.
Naslund was drafted 16th overall in 1991 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, after playing parts of five seasons with MODO Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien. He joined the Penguins in 1993, but struggled to perform during his three seasons with Pittsburgh. He was traded to Vancouver in 1996, and saw his career take off as he developed into a top line forward and one of the league’s top scorers. In 2002-03, he set career highs with 48 goals, 56 assists and 104 points. That season, he won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league’s most outstanding player. He signed with the New York Rangers in the 2008 offseason, and was immediately named an assistant captain. He led the Canucks in scoring for 7 consecutive seasons, and was named an All Star 5 different times. Naslund had a solid season with the Rangers in 2008-09, scoring 24 goals and 46 points, but opted not to sign with the team in 2009. Early in the 2009-10 season, Naslund decided to join fellow veteran Peter Forsberg on Modo.
Naslund has played for Team Sweden at 9 different international competitions. He set the record for most goals in a World Junior Championships with 13 in 1993, on the way to a silver medal. He also won silver medals at the ’93 World Championships and the ’92 World Juniors. He won bronze medals at the 1999 and 2002 World Championships.
Related news & articles
Saturday July 19
The New York Rangers had a relatively successful season in 2007-08, although many may have expected last season’s acquisitions of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, along with the emergence and development of several young defensemen to carry the team further into the postseason. More