Deryk Engelland

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Deryk Engelland
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Born (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 32)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 194th overall, 2000
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2003–present

Deryk Engelland (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a sixth round selection, 194th overall, of the New Jersey Devils at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft but never played for the team. He made his NHL debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 after six years in the minor leagues. Engelland joined the Flames in 2014 as a free agent.

Playing career[edit]

Engelland played five seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Moose Jaw Warriors. He appeared in two games in 1998–99 before establishing a place as a regular defenceman for the team in the following four seasons where he peaked at 17 points in 2001–02 and 199 penalty minutes in 2002–03.[1] The New Jersey Devils selected Engelland in the sixth round, 194th overall at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft,[2] but never played with the team. He turned professional in 2003–04 and split that season between the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL and the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).[3]

Engelland with the Penguins in 2014.

Returning to Las Vegas, Engelland played the entire 2004–05 season in the ECHL where he scored 5 goals, added 16 assists and recorded 138 penalty minutes.[1] He then spent the following several seasons suffling between the ECHL and AHL. 2005–06 was split between the South Carolina Stingrays and Hershey Bears, and the following year between Hershey and the Reading Royals.[1] His play with Hershey in the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs caught the attention of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins who signed him to a contract.[3] Engelland joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the 2007–08 AHL season where he played all 80 regular season games then added 23 more in the playoffs as the team reached the Calder Cup final.[4] He again played all 80 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2008–09.[1] After starting the 2009–10 season with the AHL club, Engelland reached a consecutive games played streak of 171 that was broken following a game played November 6, 2009, when he earned his first recall to Pittsburgh.[4] After more than six years in the minor leagues, the 27-year-old Engelland made his NHL debut on November 10 against the Boston Bruins.[3] He played a total of nine games with Pittsburgh and recorded two assists. With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he appeared in 71 games and scored 11 points.[1]

"The good thing about Deryk is, he knows his game really well. He's a simple defenseman with the puck. Makes the first pass. Makes the good, hard plays. He's a tough customer, tough to play against in the defensive zone, but also an intimidating guy with the brand of hockey he can play."

—Penguins coach Dan Bylsma describes Engelland's playing style in 2009[5]

Engelland praised the Penguins for their efforts to develop his skills as a physical defenceman;[3] he played his first full NHL season came in 2010–11. Engelland appeared in 63 games for the Penguins and scored his first NHL goal on November 12, 2010, against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[4][6] During the season, the Penguins signed Engelland to a three-year contract extension through the 2013–14 season and which paid him an average of $566,700 per season.[7]

Engelland (right) fights Calgary's Tim Jackman in November 2010.

In his second season, 2011–12, Engelland appeared in 73 games for Pittsburgh and improved to 4 goals and 13 assists.[1] When a labour dispute delayed the start of the 2012–13 NHL season, Engelland opted to sign with Rosenborg IHK in Norway's GET-ligaen.[8] He played 15 games for Rosenborg where he recorded 9 points before returning to Pittsburgh when the NHL resumed operation. In 42 games with the Penguins, Engelland had 6 assists.[1]

In his fourth NHL season, 2013–14, Engelland posted a career high of six goals (and added six assists) in a campaign where the Penguins occasionally played him at forward.[9] Though a regular in the Penguins lineup, Engelland was typically used in limited role. He opted to leave the Penguins following the season and signed with the Calgary Flames where he hoped to earn expanded responsibilities with the rebuilding team.[10] The Flames signed him to a three-year contract worth $2.9 million per season, a five-fold increase over his previous salary and which was criticized as being among the worst value contracts signed during the 2014 free agency period.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Engelland was born April 3, 1982, in Edmonton, Alberta.[10] His father is a welder by trade, and the family moved frequently in his early life as he lived in the Edmonton-area communities of Leduc and Mayerthorpe before settling in Chetwynd, British Columbia.[12] He met his wife Melissa while playing in Las Vegas, where the couple continue to live in the off-season with their son, Cash.[4][12]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 2 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 55 0 5 5 62 4 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 65 4 11 15 157 4 0 0 0 10
2001–02 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 56 7 10 17 102 12 0 2 2 27
2002–03 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 65 3 8 11 199 13 1 1 2 20
2003–04 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 35 2 11 13 63 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 26 0 0 0 34
2004–05 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 72 5 16 21 138
2005–06 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 35 3 13 16 20
2005–06 Hershey Bears AHL 37 0 4 4 77 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL 44 4 6 10 95 14 0 0 0 14
2006–07 Reading Royals ECHL 6 0 3 3 8
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 80 2 15 17 141 23 1 3 4 14
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 80 3 11 14 143 12 0 2 2 6
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 71 5 6 11 121 4 0 1 1 7
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 0 2 2 17
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 3 7 10 123
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 4 13 17 56 6 0 1 1 14
2012–13 Rosenborg IHK GET 15 1 8 9 43
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 0 6 6 54 7 0 0 0 8
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 56 6 6 12 58
NHL totals 243 13 34 47 308 13 0 1 1 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Deryk Engelland player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  2. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ashmore, Mike (2011-10-13). "ECHL alumni profile – Deryk Engelland". ECHL. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d 2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins Media Guide. Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Club. 2013. pp. 48–49. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Shelly (2009-11-12). "Engelland fills hole on Penguins' defense". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Marc-Andre Fleury earns 150th career win as Penguins top Lightning". ESPN. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  7. ^ "Penguins sign defenseman Deryk Engelland to three-year contract extension". Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Club. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Finding roots, game in Norway Skille stepped into foreign land, knows how his ancestors felt". States News Service. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2014-09-25.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  9. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2014-07-02). "Added punch". Calgary Sun. p. S5. 
  10. ^ a b Cruickshank, Scott (2014-07-02). "Flames sign rugged Engelland". Calgary Herald. p. E3. 
  11. ^ Whyno, Stephen (2014-07-02). "Thomas Vanek comes cheap, Deryk Engelland a head-scratcher: The best and worst deals of NHL free agency". National Post. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  12. ^ a b Kennedy, Kevin (2011-10-22). "Before I made it: Deryk Engelland". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 

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