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2015 NHL Draft
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Ricard Persson

Ricard Persson  #27

Defenseman
NUMBER: 27 BIRTHDATE: August 24, 1969
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Ostersund, Sweden
WEIGHT: 201 DRAFTED: NJD / 1987 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (23rd overall)
Named Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1989) Traded to St. Louis by New Jersey with Mike Peluso for Ken Sutton and St. Louis' 2nd round choice (Brett Clouthier) in 1999 Entry Draft, November 26, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 12, 2000. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to ankle injury vs. Pittsburgh, October 25, 2001. Missed majority of 2001-02 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Eisbaren Berlin (Germany), August 8, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Klagenfurt (Austria), April 26, 2005.
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He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.

— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft