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MATS NASLUND (1982-1990)

Mats
Naslund

1952-1963
Position L
Shoots L
Date of birth October 31st, 1959
Place of birth Kiruna, SWE
Seasons - MTL 8
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 617 243 369 612 120 107
1982-1983 74 26 45 71 34 10
1983-1984 77 29 35 64 5 4
1984-1985 80 42 37 79 19 14
1985-1986 80 43 67 110 11 16
1986-1987 79 25 55 80 -3 16
1987-1988 78 24 59 83 17 14
1988-1989 77 33 51 84 34 14
1989-1990 72 21 20 41 3 19
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 97 34 57 91 5 33
1982-1983 3 1 0 1 0 0
1983-1984 15 6 8 14 0 4
1984-1985 12 7 4 11 0 6
1985-1986 20 8 11 19 0 4
1986-1987 17 7 15 22 0 11
1987-1988 6 0 7 7 0 2
1988-1989 21 4 11 15 5 6
1989-1990 3 1 1 2 0 0

NICKNAMED “THE LITTLE VIKING”, MATS NASLUND IS THE MOST RECENT PLAYER TO EVER SCORE 100 POINTS IN A SEASON.

One of the Habs' most popular players in the 1980s and the first European to wear a Canadiens sweater, Mats Naslund began making an impact on the ice as soon as he arrived in Montreal.

Twice finishing the season hot on Guy Lafleur’s heels among Habs point-getters, Naslund led the team with 79 points in 1984-85, before exploding in 1985-86, earning him the left wing spot on the Second All-Star Team. Naslund scored 43 times and, as skilled a playmaker as marksman, amassed 110 points, establishing himself as the team’s offensive leader and filling the void created by Lafleur’s departure two years earlier.

Naslund’s dream season extended through the winter and well into spring, ending with the Canadiens' 23rd Stanley Cup conquest. In 20 postseason games against the Boston Bruins, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers and Calgary Flames, the speedy left-winger put 19 points into the record book, his outstanding contribution making Naslund a contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to the playoff MVP.

Chosen 37th in the 1979 Amateur Draft and nicknamed “The Little Viking” because of his small stature, Naslund lived up to his reputation as a smart, explosive offensive force. After being named Player of the Year in his native Sweden in 1979, the former Brynäs IF Gävle forward opened a lot of eyes during his initial NHL season.

Playing in the shadows of teammates Guy Lafleur and Ryan Walter, Naslund quickly adjusted to the NHL game, his offensive talent and tenacity making him an instant fan favorite. Relying on speed and skating ability, Naslund never spent more than 19 minutes in the penalty box in any of the eight seasons spent with the Canadiens. In 1987-88, he was named the Lady Byng Trophy recipient, winning out over Wayne Gretzky.

A three-time NHL All-Star, Naslund made history at the 1988 midseason classic when he made the most of playing alongside Mario Lemieux by picking up five assists, a league record which still stands to this day.

Surprisingly solid for his size, Naslund was sidelined for a total of only 23 games during his eight-season run in Montreal. After the 1989-90 schedule had been played out, Naslund decided to return to play in Sweden, ending his North American experience.

He returned to the NHL briefly in 1994-95, suiting up with the Boston Bruins for 34 games before hanging up his skates for good.

Naslund’s 612 points in 617 regular season games place him 11th among all Montreal Canadiens players.