Born June 2, 1988 (age 23) in Västerås, Sweden
Center/left wing for the St. Louis Blues
[Editor’s note: gaaah I forgot to do this while it was still November 2 in most of the world! I was stressing out majorly about jobs last night and yeah. But hey, as I type this, it is still November 2 on the West Coast and in Hawaii. That counts.]
Berglund was playing for his hometown team in 2006 when the NHL came calling. He was drafted in the first round, 25th overall, by St. Louis in that year’s draft. However, he did elect to stay back in Sweden for another full season before making the jump over to North America. While he was with the hometown team, which plays in the Swedish version of the AHL, he had at least 45 points in his last two seasons there, though he only played in 35 games each time. Once he came over to St. Louis, he was slotted onto a line referred to as the Kid Line because the oldest guy on it was just 22 at the time. His lineys were David Perron and Man of the Day honoree TJ Oshie. Oshie was also Berglund’s roommate that year, though they now live separately. (Related story: Berglund once “interviewed” Oshie and the results are adorable. Lots of microphone slapping and non sequitur answers.)
Berglund scored his first NHL goal against Toronto in October 2008 and proved to be pretty clutch for St. Louis in his first year, netting 47 points in 76 games in a year where the Blues made a playoff appearance, although they were swept by the Canucks. His production dipped slightly to 26 points in 71 games in his sophomore campaign but then swooped right up to 52 points in 81 games in this most recent season. This means a 125 point total in his first three years in the NHL, more than fellow Swedes Daniel Sedin (97) and Henrik Sedin (104) had in their first three NHL seasons. Yet they get all the love! Berglund has also suited up for Tre Kronor in the World Juniors (2007 and 2008) and in the Worlds (2009 and 2011). Even in the infancy of the 2011-12 season, he has 5 points in 11 games. Not bad! Here’s to a good year.