Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | February 9, 2012

Man of the Day 2/9: Mattias Tedenby

Mattias Tedenby

Born February 21, 1990 (age 21) in Vetlanda, Sweden

Left wing for the New Jersey Devils

Time for another installment of Better Know a Hockey Card! Tedenby, whose nickname Teddybear is listed on his Wikipedia page (I’m not kidding), started with the youth level of Swedish Elitserien team HV71. Well, the youth levels–under-18s in 2005-06 and part of 2006-07, under-20s for the other part of 2006-07. In 2007-08 he made his way up to HV71’s pro team and crossed another milestone: drafting by the NHL. Specifically he was taken 24th overall in the first round by New Jersey.

Yes, he's rocking the Daniel Carcillo two-front-teeth-missing look.

However, he didn’t go up to America right away. He played another season with the interestingly-named HV71 and received a nomination for Elitserien Rookie of the Year in 2009-10. Only after that campaign did he come Stateside. He spent 12 games last season with the AHL-level Albany Devils, but spent most of his time in New Jersey. His big NHL debut was November 10 and he got a point for an assist in that very first game. Two days later, he got his first goal against Edmonton. For “Teddybear,” hockey runs in the family: his dad Robert played for Modo Hockey in the 80s.

Tedenby finished last season leading all Devils rookies in points: 8 goals and 14 assists in 58 games. He also went and represented Sweden in the 2011 Worlds, where Tre Kronor won silver. This season so far he’s posted a single goal and five assists in 43 games so far. Shoot, Teddybear, get it together!

So you can have more cellies like this!

 -Emma


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