NHL PLAYER, Jacob Markstrom
Born Jan 31, 1990 -- Gavle, Sweden
Selected by Florida Panthers round 2 #31 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Jacob Anders Markström (born 31 January 1990) is a Swedish goaltender currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round, 31st overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Markström signed a two-year contract with the Brynäs IF senior team on 12 May 2008. He had previously been playing for the Brynäs IF junior team. The following month, after solid performances in the Swedish Hockey League and internationally for Sweden in the Under 18 and World Junior tournaments, the butterfly style goalie was selected 31st overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft as the first choice of the Florida Panthers.
In 2009–10, Markström led the Elitserien in the save percentage (SVS%) and goals against average (GAA) statistics, with 92.72% and 2.01 respectively. On 1 June 2010, it was announced that the Panthers and Markström had agreed to terms on an entry-level contract.
On 23 January 2011, Markström made his NHL debut at the Prudential Center in Newark when he replaced starter Scott Clemmensen at the start of the second period in a loss against the New Jersey Devils. Upon his debut, he became the youngest goaltender to ever play for the Panthers.
Markström started the lockout shortened 2012–13 season in the AHL, but with the starter Jose Theodore suffering an injury on 2 March that forced him to miss the rest of the season, Markström was given the de facto full-time role, starting most of their games during the remainder of the season.
On 4 March 2014, he was traded by the Panthers, along with forward Shawn Matthias, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Roberto Luongo and Steven Anthony, where he served as Vancouver's backup behind fellow Swede Eddie Läck.
On 29 June 2015, Markström was re-signed to a two-year one-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks. On 7 July 2016, Markström signed a three-year contract extension with the Canucks.
Markstrom shines in Canucks’ triumph November 28, 2016
Jacob Markstrom steered aside 33 of the 35 shots he faced on Saturday, backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2, shootout win against the Colorado Avalanche. The 26-year-old goalie stopped all 4 shots he faced in overtime, including a stellar glove save on a breakaway. He would eventually go on to be named the first star of the contest.
For more on Markstrom’s performance, check out the nhl.com story here.
Markstrom leads Canucks to 4-0 start October 21, 2016
Jacob Markstrom was named the first star last night, as the Vancouver Canucks hung on for 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Swedish netminder steered aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced in the contest, en route to his third straight victory of the season. The 26-year-old has been one of the hottest goalies in the league thus far, compiling a 3-0-0 record with a .932 save percentage and 1.65 goals against average.
For more on Markstrom and last night’s game, keep reading the espn.com recap here.