Ever since making his debut with the Swedish U16 team during the 05/06, the speedy Mattias Tedenby has been considered one of the most talented forwards in his age group. At junior league level, he has always been productive, but even more so, received praise for his spectacular and creative play. He is a fan favorite that this season got the opportunity to make his SEL debut halfway through the season. He had a good, although not spectacular, fall with HV71 in the junior league, but immediately when given the opportunity to play among men, showed he has the tools to handle this level of play. He ended his first season in the SEL scoring 3 goals and adding the same amount of helpers in 23 games. He also won the SEL championship and was arguably Sweden’s top forward in the U18 WJC.
2007-08: After putting up stellar numbers in Sweden’s top junior league during the first half of the 2007-08 season, Tedenby was promoted to the Swedish Elite League, where he helped his club team HV 71 win the league championship. At the international level, Tedenby was named to the 2008 U-18 WJC All-Star Team after tallying eight points in six games. Overall, Tedenby registered 18 points in 14 games with the U-18 team last season, which was a team high. Tedenby put the wraps on an impressive season by getting selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils, 24th overall.
2008-09: Tedenby had a fairly quiet regular season for HV-71, seeing limited minutes on the fourth line, and a result, posted pedestrian totals of three goals and an assist in 32 games. However, he took his game up a notch in the postseason, scoring six goals and three assists in 18 games, helping get HV-71 to the Swedish Elite League finals. In between, Tedenby showcased his blazing speed for the silver medal winning Swedish entry at the World Junior Championships in Ottawa.
2009-10: Mattias would return for one last season with HV71, tallying 12 goals in 19 points. In 5 games at the World Juniors for Sweden, he would also add 3 goals and 3 assists en route to a World Junior Championship Bronze Medal. He would also add ‘Elitserien Champion’ to his resume along with a setting a new record for most goals scored by a junior in a season.
2010-11: Tedenby made his NHL debut with the Devils in November as a 20-year-old and showed flashes of high-end offensive talent with the defensive inconsistency sometimes characteristic of young gifted scorers. Tedenby appeared to be a special project for veteran coach Jacques Lemaire – who frequently limited ice-time or didn't dress Tedenby at all yet found ways to get him in the game when the Devils needed an offensive spark. In 58 games with New Jersey Tedenby scored 8 goals, including two power play scores, and had 14 assists with a +3 plus/minus and 14 PMs. Tedenby opened the season with Albany. In 12 AHL games he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +1 with 6 PMs. Tedenby played for Team Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Championships and scored 1 goal with 2 assists. He was an even plus/minus with 8 PMs in nine games for the silver medal-winners.
Tedenby is a very flashy and highly skilled player. He is lightning quick on his skates and can accelerate to full speed in a flash. He is also a tremendous stick-handler with high-end puck-skills. Despite his small stature he is not afraid to get his nose dirty and try to get involved physically and challenge his opponents along the board and in the corners. His size and strength will always be a concern, but his skills and determination should help him overcome that.
Tedenby’s future lies as a dynamic top-six winger who should approach the 30-35 goal mark once he fully matures and reaches his potential. Think of a player in the Martin St. Louis mould.