The early 1990s saw the Calgary Flames dip into Europe looking for hockey talent. Jesper Mattsson was born in Malmo, Sweden. The right winger was drafted in the first round in 1993, #18 overall by the Calgary Flames. He played in Sweden for three seasons and moved to North America for the 1995-96 season, spending the next two and half years with the St John Flames of the AHL. He had average seasons with the Flames affiliate but never made the jump to the big club. He moved back to Europe in 1997-98, playing the next seven seasons for Malmo IF. Currently he is playing for Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League.