Top 100 Habs: #51

#51: Mats Naslund

Mats Naslund has been a hockey success in two different continents.

Mats Naslund

Mats Naslund

In Sweden, he is seen as a hockey hero. He was the Swedish Player of the Year in 1980, and was routinely selected to international all-star teams from the various tournaments where he represented his country.

He helped Sweden win a bronze medal at the world championships in 1979, a bronze medal at the 1980 Olympics, and a silver medal at the 1981 world championships. When his NHL career was done, he then helped Sweden win gold at the 1991 world championships and the 1994 Olympics.

In between, he became a hockey hero in Montreal as well.

He had 71 points as a rookie in 1983-84, and had a career high 43 goals and 110 points three seasons later. Naslund is the only Habs player to have a 100-point season since Guy Lafleur in 1979-80. His 67 assists that season set an NHL record for most assists by a left-winger (which has since been broken).

He scored at least 21 goals in every season with the Canadiens, and won a Stanley Cup with the team in 1986.

It was the playoffs where he truly shone. He led the team in points with 19 on their Cup run in 86. He followed that up the next year with 22 points in 17 playoff games.

He played in three all-star games, and won the Lady Byng trophy in 1988.

For more on Mats Naslund:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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