Mikael Samuelsson came to the Wings to add inexpensive depth to the forward position. He was the early season "feel-good" story for Red Wings fans. The discarded, discounted, free agent. The 145th pick (5th round) of the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 draft. He didn't actually make it to the league until the 2000-20001 season (not unusual for NHL players). He played for the Sharks, Rangers, Penguins, and Panthers. He is a Swede, of which the Wings have a total of seven. Ken Holland (GM) saw Samuelsson playing in Europe, and asked the guys on the team (Wings) if they knew him. Zetterberg stepped in and said he was a great player, and a great guy. When asked if they would want him on the team, Zetterberg again stepped in and said "He can play on my line." Holland took the advice, and signed Samuelsson to a 1 year, $537,500, contract, which is less than some minor league players end up making if they're expected eventually to contribute to the "big" club. In his previous 4 NHL seasons, Samuelsson recorded total combined stats of: 19 goals, 30 assists, +/- of -11, 3 PPG, and 4 GWG, in 188 games. (PPG = Power Play Goals, GWG = Game Winning Goals) In his one season with the Wings his stats are (so far): 21 goals, 17 assists, +/- of +20, 6 PPG and 3 GWG, in 59 games. Now that is an impressive jump in stats. And according to news sources, Ken Holland has rewarded Samuelsson with a 3 year deal worth $3.6 million, not a "huge" contract, but decent considering current salary cap restrictions in the league. Like I said, a "feel-good" story for Red Wings fans. Free Press Story Detroit News Story I just noticed the Detroit News Article says there are only five Swedes on the Wings... I count seven. Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Nicklas Lidstrom, Andreas Lilja, Mikael Samuelsson, Tomas Holmstrom, and Henrik Zetterberg; all of whom play regular minutes. However, the Wings did send five Swedes to the Olympics, maybe that's where they got their signals crossed.