May 28, 2012
Devils Advocates: Patrik Sundstrom
Super Swede Patrik Sundstrom was a big part of the Devil's surprise run into the 1988 playoffs. Sundstrom paced the Devils with 20 points in 18 playoff games. Eight of those points came in one game! On April 22, 1988 "Sunny" scored 3 goals and 5 assists in a memorable game against the Washington Capitals!
Sundstrom was a consistent scoring threat, particularly in 1988-89 when he scored 28 goals and 69 points, and in 1989-90 when he scored 27 goals and 76 points. However perhaps his biggest effect was on his linemates Brendan Shanahan and John MacLean. Those two rugged wingers were blessed with a nose for the net and were expected to blossom into power forwards. However it wasn't until the arrival that the two finally achieved their status as stars. To me that is a huge testament of Patrik Sundstrom's ability and importance to the team.
Here's the full Patrik Sundstrom biography