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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Mikael Andersson
Selected in first round
No. 18 overall by Buffalo Sabres

Born May 10, 1966
Position: Left Wing / Center
Height: 5-11   Weight: 180
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Goteborg (Sweden)                          
Birthplace: Malmo, Sweden
Hometown: Kungalv, Sweden
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1980-81 Kungalv-YtterbySweden-3 169 211 --
1981-82 GoteborgSweden Jr. ---- ---- --
1982-83 GoteborgSweden Jr. ---- ---- --
  GoteborgSweden 11 01 0
1983-84 GoteborgSweden 180 33 6

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships:
1984 (fifth place)
European Junior Championships: 1983 (fourth), 1984 (bronze)
Sweden Junior Player of Year: 1983-84 (Goteborg)
Miscellaneous: Was born in Malmo, Sweden, while his father, a longtime Swedish Elite League player, was playing for local club team.
NHL CAREER
Debut: October 19, 1985 (Buffalo at Washington)
Numbers:  14 (Buffalo); 34 (Hart.); 34 (Tampa Bay); 14 (Philadelphia); 43 (N.Y. Islanders)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 2003
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1985-2000 Buffalo, Hartford, T.B.,
Philadelphia, NYI
761 95169 264134
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1988-1999 Buff., Hart., T.B., Phila. 242 79 10

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Hartford Keyes Award (Unsung Hero):
1989-90
Hartford True Grit Award (Dedication): 1991-92
Scouting Career: Named Tampa Bay European amateur scout prior to 2003-04 season and remained in that position into 2004-05 season.
1992-93: Played on first Tampa Bay Lightning team.
Miscellaneous: Was first Swedish player ever selected by Buffalo in first round of an NHL draft. ... Attended Buffalo's 1984 training camp, but was returned to Sweden at start of 1984-85 season. ... Began 1985-86 season in minor leagues because he had damaged tendons in his heel while playing touch football during Buffalo's 1985 training camp. ... Wore No. 10 in Buffalo's 1985 training camp, but was forced to give up number once the 1985-86 season began because Sabres fans protested that longtime Buffalo player Craig Ramsay's former number had been given to an untested rookie. ... Played both center and left wing for Buffalo as a rookie in 1985-86. ... Also played right wing for Buffalo in 1986-87and 1987-88. ... Missed part of 1986-87 season with sprained ankle, an injury suffered in Buffalo's March 3, 1987, game at Philadelphia. He did not return until Buffalo's March 22, 1987, game vs. Detroit. ... Missed remainder of 1987-88 regular season and start of 1988 playoffs with twisted ankle, an injury suffered during Buffalo's March 27, 1988, game vs. Detroit. He did not return to action until Game 6 of Buffalo's first-round playoff series vs. Boston on April 14, 1988. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with sprained neck and shoulder, an injury suffered during Buffalo's Dec. 31, 1988, game vs. Philadelphia. While he was out with the injury, he was demoted to Rochester (AHL) and was not back in the NHL until March 1, 1989. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with bruised left knee, an injury suffered when he collided with Keith Crowder during Hartford's Dec. 13, 1989, game vs. Los Angeles. He did not return until Hartford's Dec. 26, 1990, game at Quebec. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with bruised ankle, an injury suffered when he was hit by Al MacInnis' slap shot during Hartford's Jan. 19, 1990, game vs. Calgary. He did not return to action until Hartford's Jan. 27, 1990, game vs. Chicago. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with re-aggravation of left knee injury that resulted in cartilage damage and a sprain, suffered during Hartford's Feb. 9, 1990, game vs. Vancouver. He did not return to action until Hartford's March 8, 1990, game vs. Toronto. He re-aggravated the injury in that game and missed another one before returning to action for Hartford's March 11, 1990, game vs. Boston. ... Missed remainder of 1989-90 regular season with pulled right hamstring, suffered during Hartford's March 17, 1990, game at Calgary. He did not return until Game 1 of Hartford's first-round playoff series at Boston on April 5, 1990. ... Missed remainder of 1990 playoffs with re-aggravation of hamstring injury, suffered during Game 5 of Hartford's first-round playoff series at Boston on April 13, 1990. ... Returned to Sweden after the 1990 playoffs and had surgery to repair the damage in his left knee on May 14, 1990. ... Missed start of 1990-91 season with the flu, an illness contracted in October 1990. He did not make his 1990-91 regular-season debut until Hartford's Oct. 10, 1990, game vs. Buffalo. ... Demoted by Hartford to Springfield (AHL) on Nov. 1, 1990. He was recalled back to the NHL on Nov. 26, 1990. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with pulled groin, suffered in Hartford's Jan. 13, 1991, game at N.Y. Rangers. He did not return to action until Hartford's Jan. 23, 1991, game vs. Calgary. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with toe injury, suffered during Hartford's Oct. 26, 1991, game vs. Chicago. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with groin injury, suffered during Hartford's Dec. 17, 1991, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. He did not return to action until Hartford's Dec. 26, 1991, game at Boston. ... Missed remainder of 1991-92 regular season with chip fracture of foot, suffered during Hartford's April 12, 1992, game vs. Philadelphia. He did not return to action until Game 1 of Hartford's first-round playoff series vs. Montreal on April 19, 1992. ... Led Hartford with plus-18 rating in 1991-92. ... Signed four-year contract with Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent on July 8, 1992. ... Scored first shorthanded goal in Tampa Bay history during Lightning's Oct. 15, 1992, game at Toronto. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Tampa Bay's Nov. 21, 1992, game at St. Louis. He did not return to action until Tampa Bay's Dec. 7, 1992, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Became first player in Tampa Bay history to score on a penalty shot when he beat Robb Stauber with 32 seconds left in Lightning's Dec. 15, 1992, game at Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with strained right shoulder, suffered in Tampa Bay's Oct. 27, 1993, game vs. Winnipeg. He did not return to action until Tampa Bay's Nov. 3, 1993, game at Montreal. ... Switched from his natural position of left wing to right wing for Tampa Bay in during 1995 season. He remained a right wing for the remainder of his career with Lightning. ... Missed part of 1995 season with groin injury, suffered in Tampa Bay's March 4, 1995, game at Hartford. He did not return until Tampa Bay's March 18, 1995, game at New Jersey. ... Missed part of 1995 season with sprained ankle, suffered in Tampa Bay's April 8, 1995, game at Boston. He did not return to action until Tampa Bay's April 24, 1995, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with bruised left knee, an injury suffered during Tampa Bay's Nov. 25, 1995, game at N.Y. Islanders. He did not return to action until Tampa Bay's Dec. 1, 1995, game at New Jersey. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with re-aggravation of left knee injury, suffered during Tampa Bay's Dec. 3, 1995, game vs. Pittsburgh. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with tendinitis in left knee, an injury suffered during Tampa Bay's Dec. 19, 1995, game vs. Winnipeg. He did not return to action until Tampa Bay's Jan. 3, 1996, game at Edmonton. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with pulled hamstring, an injury suffered during Tampa Bay's Nov. 19, 1996, game vs. Los Angeles. He did not return to action until Tampa Bay's Nov. 26, 1996, game vs. Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with dislocated right shoulder, an injury suffered in Tampa Bay's Dec. 16, 1996, game at Montreal. He did not return  until Tampa Bay's Dec. 31, 1996, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed remainder of 1996-97 season with impinged nerve in back, an injury suffered during Tampa Bay's April 5, 1997, game at N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with the flu, an illness contracted in October 1997. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with strained groin, an injury suffered during Tampa Bay's Dec. 20, 1997, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. He did not return until Tampa Bay's Dec. 29, 1997, game vs. San Jose. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Tampa Bay's Jan. 28, 1998, game vs. Carolina. He did not return to action until he joined Team Sweden at the 1998 Olympics and played in Sweden's Feb. 13, 1998, Olympic opener vs. Team USA in Nagano, Japan. ... Missed part of 1998-99 season with sprained MCL in left knee, suffered in Tampa Bay's Feb. 3, 1999, game at Washington. While he was out with the injury, Andersson and Sandy McCarthy were traded by Tampa Bay to Philadelphia for Colin Forbes and 1999 fourth-round pick (Michal Lanicek) on March 20, 1999. He did not return to action until Philadelphia's April 3, 1999, game at Boston. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with back injury, suffered during N.Y. Islanders' March 18, 2000, game vs. Florida. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' March 24, 2000, game vs. New Jersey. ... Became an unrestricted free agent after the 1999-00 season and left North America to complete his career in Sweden.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Goteborg (Sweden); Rochester (AHL); Springfield (AHL)
Olympics: 1998 (5-8 place)
World Cup of Hockey: 1996 (third place)
Canada Cup: 1991 (fourth place)
World Championships: 1992 (gold), 1993 (silver), 1994 (bronze)
World Junior Championships: 1985 (fifth place), 1986 (fifth place)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Calder Cup:
1987 (Rochester), 1991 (Springfield)
Sweden Championship: 2003 (Goteborg)
Rochester Sportsmanship Award: 1988-89 (tri-winner)
AHL Playoffs Goals Leader: 1991 (Springfield) (10 goals)
Miscellaneous: Played center on line with Michel Picard and Mark Greig for Springfield (AHL) in 1990-91. ... Returned to Sweden and played seven games for Goteborg during 1994-95 NHL lockout. ... Returned to Sweden after leaving the NHL in 2000 to finish his career with Goteborg. ... An avid tennis player who grew up idolizing Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg. ... Became active in Swedish Oldtimers' charity hockey after his retirement, playing for Goteborg.
Personal: Full name is Bo Mikael Andersson. ... Son of former Swedish hockey player Ronny Andersson. ... Younger brother of former Swedish hockey player Thomas Andersson. ... Older brother of former NHL player Niklas Andersson.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
WAIVER DRAFT: Buffalo left Andersson unprotected for the 1989 NHL Waiver Draft, and he was claimed by Hartford on October 2, 1989.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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