Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Erik Christensen
Erik Christensen was born on December 17th, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta. The third round, 69th overall selection of the Pittsburg Penguins in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Christensen honed his skills in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers.

During his four seasons with the Kamloops Blazers Christensen recorded 224 points in 275 games through 1999-2003. Christensen's fifth season saw him move from Kamloops to Brandon on January 1, 2004.

Following an impressive WHL career Christensen made his professional debut with the Wilkes-Bare Scranton Penguins of the AHL where he became a regular for the season in 2004-05. The fundamentally sound Christensen maintained his high level of play averaging nearly a point a game with the Baby Penguins in 2005-06. His hard work and dedication earned him thirty-three games with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he recorded 13 points. In 2007-08 Christensen dressed for forty-nine games with the Penguins and became a mainstay in the lineup. However, the gritty centreman was dealt by the Penguins in a blockbuster deal at the NHL trading deadline on February 26, 2008. The trade sent Christensen and teammate Colby Armstrong, with prospect Angelo Esposito, and a 2008 1st-round draft pick to the Atlanta Thrashers for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis. In 143 NHL games with the Penguins, Christensen recorded 33 goals and 33 assists and was one of the league's clutch performers in the shootout.

In 2009, Erik was again traded at the NHL trade deadline. This time he was sent to Anaheim in exchange for prospect Eric O'Dell.

On March 4, 2009, Christensen was claimed off waivers by the New York Rangers. He would spend the majority of the next three and half years on Broadway, before being traded in the days leading up to the 2012 NHL trade deadline to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Casey Wellman.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1998-99 Leduc Oil Kings AMBHL 36 34 42 76 70
1999-00 Kamloops Blazers WHL 66 9 5 14 39 -14 4 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Kamloops Blazers WHL 72 21 23 44 36 -2 4 1 1 2 0
2001-02 Kamloops Blazers WHL 70 22 36 58 68 -4 4 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Kamloops Blazers WHL 67 54 54 108 60 +26 6 1 7 8 14
2003-04 Kamloops Blazers WHL 29 10 14 24 40 +17
2003-04 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 34 17 21 38 20 +5 11 8 4 12 8
2004-05 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 77 14 13 27 33 -1 11 1 6 7 4
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 6 7 13 34 -3
2005-06 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 48 24 22 46 50 +10 11 2 2 4 2
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 18 15 33 26 -3 4 0 0 0 6
2006-07 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 16 12 12 24 8 +7
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 9 11 20 28 -3
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 10 2 2 4 2 -7
2008-09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 47 5 14 19 14 -7
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 17 2 7 9 6 -2 8 0 2 2 0
2009-10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 9 0 0 0 2 -3
2009-10 Manitoba Moose AHL 6 2 0 2 0 +2
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 49 8 18 26 24 +14
2010-11 New York Rangers NHL 63 11 16 27 18 +3 5 1 0 1 2
2011-12 New York Rangers NHL 20 1 4 5 2 0
2011-12 Connecticut Whale AHL 5 2 1 3 8 0
2011-12 Minnesota Wild NHL 29 6 1 7 6 -13
2012-13 HC Lev Praha KHL 41 11 10 21 18
2013-14 HC Lev Praha KHL 12 1 1 2 6
2013-14 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 38 13 14 27 22 8 4 1 5 4
2014-15 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 46 13 31 44 14 6 5 0 5 6
2015-16 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 42 9 15 24 28 1 0 1 1 0
2016-17 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 45 15 6 21 16 16 1 4 5 6
NHL Totals 387 68 95 163 162 17 1 2 3 8


WHL West First All-Star Team (2003) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2003) Traded to Atlanta by Pittsburgh with Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and Pittsburgh's 1st round pick (Daultan Leveille) in 2008 NHL Draft for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis, February 26, 2008. Traded to Anaheim by Atlanta for Eric O'Dell, March 4, 2009. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Anaheim, December 2, 2009. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with NY Rangers' 7th round pick (Alexandre Belanger) in 2013 NHL Draft for Casey Wellman, February 3. 2012. Signed as a free agent by Lev Praha (KHL), June 5, 2012.
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