In the 2001 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers picked Swedish defenseman David Printz 225th overall in the seventh round. The blue liner was selected two picks before the Colorado Avalanche chose Marek Svatos and four picks before the New Jersey Devils chose Aaron Voros.
Printz joined the Flyers’ organization in the 2004-2005 regular season, as he spent time with the Trenton Titans and the Philadelphia Phantoms.
The d-man only played in two games for the Titans recording an assist in the process. He participated in 50 regular season games with the Calder Cup winners posting a goal and five assists along with 66 PIMs. For the 2005 postseason, Printz remained with the Phantoms and played in one game during the team’s successful playoff run.
In the 2005-2006 season Printz participated in 80 games for the Phantoms. He produced six goals and 14 assists for 20 points along with 135 PIMs, which were his highest totals for any of the three seasons he spent in Philly’s organization. The Phantoms finished last in the East Division and finished 10th in the 13-team Eastern Conference with 77 points overall.
It was also in the 2005-2006 regular season that Printz made his NHL debut. On April 11th, the blue liner had two hits, a takeaway, and blocked a shot in 5:45 TOI to help the Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.
In his final season with the Philadelphia organization, Printz spent 62 games with the Phantoms and 12 games with the Flyers.
The defenseman registered four goals and 12 assists in the AHL, as he also had 73 PIMs and a minus-5 rating for a Phantoms’ team that finished 12th out of the 14 teams in the Eastern Conference during the 2006-2007 campaign.
In the NHL, Printz played in 12 games for the Flyers. He went pointless with four PIMs and a minus-3 rating while he was a member of the squad from December 19th to January 13th. Philadelphia was 3-9-0 in the 12 contests Printz appeared in during the lost season.
He left the Flyers and North America after the 2006-2007 season and joined the Elitserien, as he became a member of Djurgardens IF. Printz joined a club that featured Ossi Vaananen, Patric Hornqvist, and Jacob Josefson.
During the 2007-2008 Elitserien regular season, Printz recorded six goals, nine assists, and 15 points, all of which are his highest totals for a single season since he left the Flyers’ organization. The blue liner also posted 71 PIMs and a minus-7 rating.
Djurgardens IF finished seventh in the 12-team Elitserien to qualify for the playoffs. Unfortunately, they lost in a five-game Quarterfinals’ matchup with Linkopings HC, who made it to the Finals before losing to HV71. Printz played in all five postseason games for Djurgardens IF posting an assist, four PIMs, and a minus-1 rating.
He remained with Djurgardens IF for the 2008-2009 season while Marcus Ragnarsson, Alexander Urbom, Marcus Kruger, and Gabriel Landeskog all joined Printz as teammates.
Playing in two less games than he did in 2007-2008, Printz had five goals and five assists in 52 games with 52 PIMs and a minus-2 rating. As for his club, Djurgardens IF missed the 2009 playoffs, but avoided having to battle in the Kvalserien to stay in the Elitserien.
Printz stayed with the club for a third straight season in 2009-2010 and was joined by Mathias Tjarnqvist and Mike Zigomanis.
For the first and only time in his five-year stint with Djurgardens IF, Printz played in every single regular season game, as he participated in all 55 tilts. He produced two goals and five assists along with 71 PIMs and a minus-2 rating.
Djurgardens IF finished with a strong season, as they registered 92 points to land second in the league overall behind HV71, who had 95 points.
In the 2010 Elitserien postseason, Printz and his Djurgardens IF teammates reached the Finals, but fell to HV71 in six games. Printz helped his team beat Brynas IF and Linkopings HC in the first two rounds of the playoffs, as Djurgardens IF beat both teams in five-game series. The d-man suited up for all 16 postseason games to record an assist, 10 PIMs, and a minus-4 rating.
Printz played in his fourth of five seasons with Djurgardens IF during the 2010-2011 campaign, as the club added Staffan Kronwall and Mika Zibanejad to their roster.
The defender played in 50 regular season games posting a goal and seven helpers with a minus-2 rating. His 79 PIMs was his highest total in a single season out of the five he spent with Djurgardens IF.
Finishing sixth in the standings, Djurgardens IF faced Lulea HF in the opening round of the 2011 Elitserien playoffs, a team that featured Janne Niinimaa. Printz and his squad lost in seven games, as he registered two PIMs during the series.
In his final season with Djurgardens IF in 2011-2012, Printz registered his lowest totals for any season in the Elitserien in games, goals, assists, points, and PIMs. He registered three assists and 34 PIMs over 43 games posting a minus-5 rating in the process.
Djurgardens IF finished 11th in the Elitserien for the 2011-2012 season and played in the relegation series with Timra IK. Of the six teams in the 2012 Kvalserien, Djurgardens IF finished in third with 15 points, while Timra IK and Rogle BK advanced to join the Elitserien during the 2012-2013 season. Printz had one goal, one assist, and 12 PIMs in 10 games during the Kvalserien.
This marked the end of Printz’s time in the Elitserien, as he joined HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL for this season. HC Slovan Bratislava also boasts several notable names in Jaroslav Janus, Vladimir Mihalik, Andrej Sekera, Lubomir Visnovsky, Kamil Kreps, and Miroslav Satan.
Although the KHL season is several weeks old, Printz has only participated in one game for HC Slovan Bratislava. He was minus-1 with two PIMs and two shots on goal in 18:36 TOI.