Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kris Versteeg
Kris Versteeg was born May 13, 1986 in Lethbridge, Alberta. The fifth round, 134th overall selection of the Boston Bruins in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Versteeg honed his skills with three WHL clubs.

A highly skilled forward, Versteeg more than doubled his point production in his sophomore season in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. After yet another consistant season in Lethbridge, Versteeg spent only 14 games in Kamloops before the club dealt him to the Red Deer Rebels. After his final game of junior hockey in Red Deer, Versteeg signed a tryout with the Providence Bruins and appeared in 13 games with the club.

He returned to the Providence Bruins for his 2006-07 season, but after racking up 49 points in 43 games, he was dealt to Chicago by Boston for Brandon Bochenski on February 3, 2007. He completed his season with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL and went on to tally 49 points in 56 games the following season. That same season, Versteeg made his NHL debut with Chicago in a November 22nd, 2007 game against the Calgary Flames.

Versteeg scored the opening goal of the 2009 Winter Classic held at Wrigley Field against the Detroit Red Wings and finished his first full season with 22 goals and 53 points, second in rookie scoring to Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks, earning himself a nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year along with Ryan and goaltender Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 2009-10 season would end triumphantly for Versteeg and the Blackhawks when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961.

With the cup celebration seemingly still in full-swing, the Blackhawks began to shed salary and Versteeg would be one of the casualties. On June 30, 2010 he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a package of players that included Viktor Stalberg.

Versteeg's time in Toronto would be short-lived. Just 53 games into his first season with the Maple Leafs, the talented winger was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first and third round draft picks. Just months later Versteeg was on the move again. This time he was traded by the Flyers to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a third round draft pick. The deal marked the third time the winger had been traded in just over a year.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2002-03 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 57 8 10 18 32 -11
2003-04 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 68 16 33 49 85 -5
2003-04 Canada WJ18-A 7 0 2 2 4 +1
2004-05 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 68 22 30 52 68 +15 5 0 1 1 4
2005-06 Kamloops Blazers WHL 14 6 6 12 24 +3
2005-06 Red Deer Rebels WHL 57 10 26 36 103 -9
2005-06 Providence Bruins AHL 13 2 4 6 13 +3 3 0 0 0 6
2006-07 Providence Bruins AHL 43 22 27 49 19 +15
2006-07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 27 4 19 23 20 0 2 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 2 2 4 6 -1
2007-08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 56 18 31 49 174 +6 12 6 5 11 6
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 22 31 53 55 +15 17 4 8 12 22
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 20 24 44 35 +8 22 6 8 14 14
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 14 21 35 29 -13
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 7 4 11 24 +4 11 1 5 6 12
2011-12 Florida Panthers NHL 71 23 31 54 49 +4 7 3 2 5 8
2012-13 Florida Panthers NHL 10 2 2 4 8 -8
2013-14 Florida Panthers NHL 18 2 5 7 9 -9
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 63 10 19 29 27 +9 15 1 2 3 4
NHL Totals 412 102 139 241 242 72 15 25 40 60


NHL All-Rookie Team (2009) Traded to Chicago by Boston with future considerations for Brandon Bochenski, February 3, 2007. Traded to Toronto by Chicago with Bill Sweatt for Viktor Stalberg, Chris Didomenico and Phillipe Paradis, June 30, 2010. Traded to Philadelphia by Toronto for Philadelphia's 1st (Stuart Percy) and 3rd (Josh Leivo) round choices in 2011 Entry Draft, February 14, 2011. Traded to Florida by Philadelphia for Florida's 2nd round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Brian Hart) in 2012 Entry Draft and San Jose's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Shayne Gostibehere) in 2012 Entry Draft, July 1, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring chest injury, knee injury vs. Tampa Bay, March 12, 2013 and resulting surgery. Traded to Chicago by Florida with Phillipe Lefebvre for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen, November 14, 2013.