2008-09: Johan Sundstrom split the season between Frolunda’s two U-18 teams as well as competing for Goteborg in the Swedish TV-Pucken tournament for high-school-age players. With the top team in the Elitserien U-18 league, Sundstrom scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 2 PMs. Competing at the Allsvenskan (second) level, he scored 4 goals with 5 assists in 12 games and added two assists in seven playoff games. In eight games for Goteborg, he had 3 goals and 8 assists. Sundstrom also played in three international contests for Sweden at the U-17 level, garnering one assist.
2009-10: Sundstrom made his Swedish Elite League debut, appearing in one game for Frolunda but it was his play with the U-20 team that was most impressive. In 38 games including one playoff contest, he scored 17 goals with 30 assists and had 14 PMs. Sundstrom also played in 5 games with Frolunda’s U-18 team scoring 6 goals with 4 assists. While he did not compete at the World Junior U-18 championships, he appeared in 14 international contests with Sweden’s U-18 team and had 5 goals with 10 PMs.
2010-11: Sundstrom appeared in 41 games for Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League. In limited ice time with the Indians, who finished in 9th place in the twelve team league, he scored 1 goal and was -7 with 10 PMs. Playing for Frolunda’s U-20 team Sundstrom was a dominant force. In 22 games, including playoffs, he scored 18 goals with 16 assists and had 6 PMs. Sundstrom was named to Team Sweden for the World Junior U-20 championships and had one assist in six games for the fourth-place squad. Sundstrom was ranked 24th among European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by the Islanders in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
2011-12: Sundstrom skated in 49 games in his second season with Frolunda in the Elitserien and won a gold medal with Sweden’s U20 team at the 2012 World Junior Championship. He scored 6 goals with 5 assists and was plus-six with 8 penalty minutes during the regular season. Frolunda reached the playoff quarterfinals after finishing in fifth place. Sundstrom was minus-two with no points in limited ice time in six playoff games. In six games at the WJC he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was plus-five with 2 penalty minutes. Sundstrom signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Islanders in June, 2012.
2012-13: Sundstrom played for Islanders AHL Bridgeport as a 20-year-old in his first season in North America. He missed time in late January after suffering an “upper body injury” and in 59 games he scored 11 goals with 21 assists and was plus-7 with 30 penalty minutes. The Sound Tigers missed the AHL playoffs after finishing third in the Northeast Division.
2013-14: Sundstrom made his NHL debut with the Islanders on March 14th in a game against San Jose and played 11 late season games with New York — spending most of his second season in North America with Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport. He had an even plus/minus with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes with the Islanders. Slowed by injury and illness early in the season, he skated in 40 games for the Sound Tigers and scored 8 goals with 10 assists, finishing minus-10 with 41 penalty minutes. Bridgeport finished fifth in the Northeast Division; missing the AHL playoffs.
2014-15: Sundstrom skated in 72 games for Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport in his third season in North America. He scored 7 goals with 12 assists and had an even plus/minus with 81 penalty minutes. The Sound Tigers missed the playoffs, finishing last in the Northeast Division, Sundstrom signed a contract to play for Frolunda in the SHL in 2015-16 and was tendered a qualifying offer by the Islanders in June 2015, making him a restricted free agent for NHL purposes.
Sundstrom has the height of a prototypical power forward but does not play an overly physical game and can be muscled off the puck at times — that was particularly the case during his NHL stint with the Islanders in 2013-14. The strength of his game is his disciplined, two-way game. He is effective at both ends of the ice at the AHL level and plays in all situations. A fairly productive scorer in junior hockey in Sweden, he is not a dazzling or flashy offensive player and has struggled to put up points at the pro level.
Sundstrom, a former second round pick, is back in Sweden for the 2015-16 season, scoring a goal for Frolunda in Champions League play prior to the regular season. He will look to re-establish his game at the pro level. The Islanders tendered him a qualifying offer, retaining the 22-year-olds rights as a restricted free agent, but barring a huge turnaround it appears he is in the lower tier of Islanders prospects at this point. His long-term potential appears to be that of a lower line two-way forward.