Ricard Lars Persson
Defense
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 201 pounds
Born: 8.24.69 Ostersund, Sweden
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the St. Louis Blues with Mike Peluso for Ken Sutton and Blues' 2nd round
pick in the 1999 E.D., 11.26.96
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1995-96
NJ
12
2
1
3
5
8
41
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
1996-97
NJ
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
13
2
1
3
5
8
43
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Sure, Persson was drafted in 1987, but he would not come over to North America until 1995. All that time he was
playing over in his native Sweden as a solid top 6 man on the backline.

When he did come over, he immediately reported to the Albany River Rats. In fact, when he was in the organization,
that's where he spent the majority of his time.

The trade to the Blues was good for him, as he saw more games on the NHL level. He was never able to see a full
season with the Blues, though; injuries and assignment to the Worcester Ice Cats limited him to an average of around
40 games a season in St. Louis.

He moved on to the Ottawa Senators in 2000 and played there for parts of 2 seasons, again with injuries limiting his
games.

That would be the last time he'd play in the NHL, as he left to play for the Berlin Polar Bears of the German League for
3 seasons after that. He followed that with 2 seasons in Austria, and a season in Japan. He is currently playing for
Cortina SG in the Italian League.
Entry Draft: 1987 Second Round Pick (23rd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
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