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Erik Christensen
Born December 17, 1983 (1983-12-17) (age 26),

Edmonton, AB, CAN

Height

Weight

6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)

Position Centre
Shoots Left

Erik Christensen (born December 17, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).


Playing careerEdit

Christensen was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (69th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2002–03 season, Christensen received the Bob Clarke Trophy for being the leading scorer of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He tallied 108 points (54 goals) in 67 games with the Kamloops Blazers.

The 2004–05 NHL lockout left the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) stacked with talent, but Christensen impressed Penguins management by scoring 27 points (14 goals) in his first pro season. In the 2005–06 season, he jumped out of the gate quickly, tallying 19 points (9 goals) in only 9 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins called him up on October 31, 2005.

Christensen scored his first NHL goal on November 3, 2005 against the New York Islanders (against goaltender Rick DiPietro) at 15:43 into the 2nd period. Another promising rookie for the Penguins in 2005–06 (along with Sidney Crosby, Colby Armstrong, Ryan Whitney and others), Christensen earned 13 points (6 goals) in 33 games with the Penguins during his rookie campaign. Christensen has also been seen as highly valuable in NHL shootouts where his quick stick-handling moves enable him to pull off the double-deke successfully.

On February 26, 2008, the Atlanta Thrashers acquired Christensen along with Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito, and a 1st Round Draft Pick in a trade deadline deal that sent Marián Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to the Penguins.

On March 4, 2009, the Thrashers sent Christensen to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Eric O'Dell.[1] He contributed 2 goals and 7 assists to the Ducks during the remainder of the season, and contributed 2 assists during the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Christensen was claimed off waivers by the New York Rangers on December 2, 2009.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Kamloops Blazers WHL 66 9 5 14 41 4 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Kamloops Blazers WHL 72 21 23 44 36 4 1 1 2 0
2001–02 Kamloops Blazers WHL 70 22 36 58 68 4 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Kamloops Blazers WHL 67 54 54 108 60 6 1 7 8 14
2003–04 Kamloops Blazers WHL 29 10 14 24 40
2003–04 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 34 17 21 38 20 11 8 4 12 8
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 77 14 13 27 33 11 1 6 7 4
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 48 24 22 46 50 11 2 2 4 2
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 6 7 13 34
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 16 12 12 24 8
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 18 15 33 26 4 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 9 11 20 28
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 10 2 2 4 2
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 47 5 14 19 14
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 17 2 7 9 6 8 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 9 0 0 0 2
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 49 8 18 26 24
NHL totals 275 50 74 124 136 12 0 2 2 6

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