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Kent Nilsson

Kent Nilsson

Center
BIRTHDATE: August 31, 1956
BIRTHPLACE: Nynashamn, Sweden
DRAFTED: AFM / 1976 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 4th   (64th overall)
Lou Kaplan Trophy (Rookie of the Year WHA) (1978) Paul Deneau Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Player WHA) (1979) Swedish World All-Star Team (1985, 1989, 1990) Swedish Player of the Year (1989) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980, 1981) Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA), July 29, 1977. Reclaimed by Atlanta from Winnipeg prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 1980. Traded to Minnesota by Calgary with Calgary's 3rd round choice (Brad Turner) in 1986 Entry Draft for Minnesota's 2nd round choice (Joe Nieuwendyk) in 1985 Entry Draft and 2nd round choice (Stephane Matteau) in 1987 Entry Draft, June 15, 1985. Traded to Edmonton by Minnesota for cash, March 2, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, January 26, 1995.
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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense