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Position Centre/Winger
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Crusher
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
196 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Anaheim Ducks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlanta Thrashers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born December 17 1983 (1983-12-17) (age 26),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 69th overall, 2002
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 2004 – present

Erik Christensen (born December 17, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

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 of the double-deke and be successful.

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.

Career statistics

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
NHL totals 217 42 56 98 110 12 0 2 2 6

External links

Erik Christensen's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database

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