Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Erik Rasmussen
Erik Rasmussen got his career underway while playing high school and university hockey in his home state of Minnesota. After winning the Minnesota High School Player of the Year honours in 1996, Rasmussen was a member of the All-WCHA Rookie Team, and later that summer was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres upon completion of his first year at the University of Minnesota in 1996. He stuck around for one additional campaign with the Golden Gophers and then made the jump to the pro ranks, splitting his first two seasons between the Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans.

A silver medallist with the U.S. World Junior team in 1996, towards the end of his second campaign at Minnesota, Rasmussen got the nod to join Buffalo in advance of their playoff run to the finals in 1998-99. While vying with the Leafs for the Eastern Conference Championship, Rasmussen scored the series-winning goal to put the Blue and White out of the race. The Sabres went on to lose out to the Dallas Stars in a hard-fought Stanley Cup final.

Rasmussen went to play five seasons with the Sabres before he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in the summer of 2002. In his only season with the Kings, Rasmussen was limited to 57 games before being acquired by the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2003.

Aside from his World Junior experience in 1996, Rasumussen returned the following year and then went on to make his World Championship debut in 2002.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 St. Louis Park High School High-MN 23 16 24 40 50
1993-94 St. Louis Park High School High-MN 18 25 18 43 80
1994-95 St. Louis Park High School High-MN 23 19 33 52 80
1995-96 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 16 32 48 55
1995-96 United States WJC-A 6 0 1 1 16
1996-97 University of Minnesota WCHA 34 15 12 27 123
1996-97 United States WJC-A 6 4 5 9 4
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 21 2 3 5 14 +2
1997-98 Rochester Americans AHL 53 9 14 23 83 -10 1 0 0 0 5
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 42 3 7 10 37 +6 21 2 4 6 18
1998-99 Rochester Americans AHL 37 12 14 26 47 +12
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 8 6 14 43 +1 3 0 0 0 4
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 12 19 31 51 0 3 0 1 1 0
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 8 11 19 34 -1
2001-02 United States WC-A 7 0 1 1 2 -1
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 4 12 16 28 -1
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 7 6 13 41 +5 5 0 2 2 2
2004-05
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 67 5 5 10 32 -4 9 0 0 0 8
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 3 7 10 25 -3 11 0 0 0 14
2007-08 Lowell Devils AHL 26 2 3 5 14 -18
2008-09 Assat Pori Finland 31 1 8 9 60 7 1 4 5 24
2008-09 Assat Pori Finland-Q 6 3 1 4 14
NHL Totals 545 52 76 128 305 52 2 7 9 46


Minnesota High School Player of the Year (1995) Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo for Adam Mair and Los Angeles' 5th round choice (Thomas Morrow) in 2003 Entry Draft, July 24, 2002. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 25, 2003.