Welcome to another installment of "So, You Want to be a Blue Jacket?
This series is presented in the form of a mock job interview. The operative word here is mock. We're presenting these from the perspective of the player, as if they were applying for a job with the Jackets. The players themselves aren't involved, so don't contact the team if you disagree with one of their answers! No player will avoid the interview process, not even Rick Nash.
Q) Hi Kristian, tell us a little about yourself.
A) I’m a shifty playmaking winger born in Österhaninge, Sweden on November 10, 1978. Drafted 47th overall in 1997 by the Florida Panthers, I started my career in Florida. I’m probably best known for my time with the Calgary Flames, but have spent the last three seasons with the Blue Jackets.
Q) Tell us about some intangibles you could bring to the Blue Jackets.
A) Until last year (and unfortunately this year) I have always been a durable player. My best year was in 2006-07 when I put up 77 points in 81 games for the Flames, and I’m the type of player that you can expect to end the season with pretty respectable numbers. The defense always has to account for me when I have the puck. I'm good at finding my teammates and play well opposite of players like Rick Nash.
Q) What areas of your game do you think you can improve on?
A) I’m a very streaky player. You can’t always count on me when the game is on the line, but from time to time I might just surprise you. I missed half of last season with injuries and will miss at least half of this year with a shoulder injury. At 32, if I’m going to continue being a top 6 player, I’ll need to work on improving my strength and health.
Q) Can you give us some examples of your hockey accomplishments?
- A) I was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2002 and won bronze with Team Sweden in the 2001 and 2002 World Championships. In 2006-07 I had a fifteen game point streak with the Flames.