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.
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!