|Position: Left Wing / Center
Born: May 10, 1966
Birthplace: Malmo, Sweeden
Height: 5'11" Weight: 187 lbs.
Drafted by: Buffalo Sabres, 1st Round, 18th
Overall, 1984 NHL Entry Draft
Seasons with Buffalo: 1985-86 to 1988-89
Uniform Number: 14
|Mikael Andersson became the first Swedish born player drafted by the Sabres when General Manager Scotty Bowman selected him in the first round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Andersson was rated as the best European prospect in that year's draft, based on his play with Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish League. Prior to being drafted by Buffalo, he also played for the Swedish National Junior Team.
Andersson joined the Sabres for training camp in 1984. When he failed to earn a roster spot in camp, Andersson returned to Sweden where he spent the 1984-85 season. He rejoined the club in 1985-86, where he split time between the Sabres and the Rochester Americans, Buffalo's top minor league affiliate. He scored his first NHL goal that season, on March 19, 1986 against the Vancouver Canucks. Andersson played 32 games as a Sabres during the 1985-86 season, adding 9 assists to his one goal to finish the season with 10 points.
|Mikael Andersson's real first name is Bo. He prefers to go by his middle name.|
|Photo Credit: Bill Wippert|
|Andersson spent the bulk of the 1986-87 season in Rochester, playing 42 games there. He managed to play 16 games with Buffalo during the season, scoring just three assists. Fans in Buffalo took note, and added Andersson's name to the growing list of first round draft mistakes made during Bowman's reign as GM.|
|Andersson started the 1987-88 season in Rochester, playing the best hockey of his professional career to that point. After scoring 36 points in 35 games, he was recalled to Buffalo in December, 1987. Andersson spent the remainder of the season with the Sabres. Though he was primarily a left wing, Andersson played all three forward positions during the course of the season. He finished with 3 goals and 20 assists in 37 games played, and looked as though he would finally live up to the potential he showed as a junior in Sweden. In the 1988 Playoffs, Andersson scored a goal in his only post-season appearance with the Sabres.
Andersson got off to a disappointing start with the Sabres during the 1988-89 season. After scoring only 3 points in his first 14 games, Andersson was sent back to Rochester where he finished the year.
Before the start of the 1989-90 season, Andersson was left exposed in the Waiver Draft. On October 2, 1989, his rights were claimed by the Hartford Whalers. Andersson played the better part of three season with the Whalers, registering the best offensive season of his career in 1991-92, scoring 18 goals and 29 assists.
Andersson was claimed by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 Expansion Draft. He played 6 full seasons with the Lightning. In 1998, Andersson represented Sweden at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
At the trading deadline in 1999, Andersson was traded from Tampa Bay to the
|Philadelphia Flyers. He finished the 1998-99 season with the Flyers, and was traded again at the deadline in 2000 to the New York Islanders. Andersson would finish his NHL career with the Islanders at the end of the 1999-2000 season. In 2000, he returned to Sweden where joined Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League for the 2000-01 season. Mikael Andersson is currently in his second season with Vastra Frolunda.|
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