2006-07: Domestically, Jacob Markstrom played in 13 games with a 2.05 GAA and .911 save percentage for Brynas U-18 club and one game with Brynas U-20.
2007-08: Markstrom emerged as a top prospect when he became the No. 1 goaltender with Brynäs in the SEL after spending much of the season with the Brynas’ U-20 team. In seven Elitserien games with Brynas, one of the weaker teams in the league, Markstrom allowed 22 goals with a .888 save percentage. Markstrom was excellent in nine relegation games as Brynas fought to avoid demotion against the top teams in AlSvenskan (the Swedish second tier league). Brynäs managed to stay in the top league largely due to the play Markström’s play, as he had two shutouts and a 1.78 GAA. Playing for Brynas’ U-20 team, he allowed 44 goals in 22 games and also had a pair of shutouts. Markstrom played all six games for the Swedish U18 national team at the WJC tournament. Sweden finished the tournament in fourth place with Markstrom winning four games and losing twice with a 3.04 GAA and .863 save percentage. Markström was voted a top-three player on the team by the Swedish coaches.
2008-09: Though still just eighteen when the season started, Markström was the full-time starter for Brynäs and was one of the Elitserien’s top goalies. In 35 regular season games, he posted a 2.38 GAA and .917 save percentage with three shutouts. He started five games for Team Sweden at the U20 WJC and was 4-1 with one shutout and had a 1.61 GAA and .943 save percentage as the team captured a silver medal.
2009-10: Markstrom put up good numbers in his second full Elitserien season and Brynas once again topped their mark from the previous season, finishing sixth in the twelve-team league just two seasons after being in last place. Playing 43 of Brynas’ 55 games, Markstrom had five shutouts with a 2.01 GAA and .927 save percentage. Markstrom represented Sweden at the U 20 WJC. In five games, he was 4-1 with a 2.21 GAA and .927 save percentage as the team won a bronze medal. Markstrom signed an entry level contract with Florida in March.
2010-11: Markstrom made his NHL debut in a relief appearance in January and split the goaltending chores with Tyler Plante for AHL Rochester in his first pro season in North America. In his only NHL game, Markstrom replaced Scott Clemensen to start the second with the Panthers trailing New Jersey 2-0 and was tagged with the loss; allowing 2 goals on 14 shots in an eventual 5-2 Devils' win. In 37 AHL games with last-place Rochester he was 18-21 and had one shutout with a 2.98 GAA and .907 save percentage.
2011-12: Markstrom made the Panthers out of training camp and appeared in five NHL games before being sent to Florida's AHL affiliate San Antonio. He shuffled between the Panthers and the Rampage, appearing in two other NHL games, before suffering a knee injury in January which kept him out for 14 games. In seven appearances with Florida (six starts) he was 2-4-1 and had a 2.66 goals against and .923 save percentage. Markstrom played 32 games for the AHL's Rampage and was 17-12-1 with 1 shutout; with a 2.32 goals against and .927 save percentage. San Antonio finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Markstrom was 4-4 in the playoffs with a 2.85 goals against and .907 save percentage.
2012-13: An injury to starter Jose Theodore and the Panthers slow start allowed Markstrom to see his most extensive NHL action in his third season in the Florida organization. In 23 games with the Panthers he was 8-14-1 with a 3.22 goals against and .901 save percentage. Markstrom played 33 AHL games with Florida affiliate San Antonio and was 16-15-2 with three shutouts. He finished with a 2.65 goals against and .920 save percentage for the Rampage. San Antonio missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the South Division.
Markstrom is a tall, fluid goaltender with tremendous technique and composure who stays relaxed and cool under pressure. Markstrom plays a butterfly style with a good glove and has fine positioning and agility in net. His long legs can sometimes pose a problem by creating gaps as he drops to the butterfly, but experience will help him improve in that area. Markstrom rebounded last season from past knee injuries to prove his durability.
Markstrom will be the starting goaltender for the Panthers this fall unless the team acquires a top veteran to play the net. Markstrom has the tools and the talent—and most importantly the focus and mental strength—to become a cornerstone netminder in the NHL.