Synchronize your watches. The 2014-2015 NHL season will be underway in fifty days! To commemorate the occasion, Blueshirts on Broadway is showcasing the rich history of New York Ranger Hockey by recapping the careers of current and former players. While you won't see Carl Hagelin or Wayne Gretzky on this walk down memory lane, all men being referenced have worn Ranger uniforms between the numeric range of one and fifty while employed with the organization.
Pictured: Andreas Jamtin at practice in 2008 (Credit: Yahoo Images)
Jamtin is a dual winger who hails from Stockholm, Sweden. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Despite a lithe frame, Jamtin's style of play excreted bouts of aggressive tenacity. So much so that Jim Nill referred to him as a pest. As you know from Sean Avery's playing days, pests are players who attempt to antagonize opponents by physical play or verbal invitation. They often use borderline tactics such as trash talking, slashing and hooking in hopes of provoking rivals into the penalty box. In retrospect, this moniker hurt Andreas Jamtin's career within the United States.
During the 2006–2007 NHL season, Jamtin patiently waited for contract offers to flourish in. After receiving none, he signed a one-year contract with the Swedish club HV71. That contract would transform into a three year extension before Andreas Jamtin returned to the States in June of 2008. It was then reported Jamtin signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent forward. Though he only played a total of nine games with the Hartford Wolf Pack and Charlotte Checkers, Jamtin remains the only Blueshirt assigned to number fifty.