January 7, 1992 |
Orleans, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team||Florida Panthers|
|NHL Draft||3rd overall, 2010
Erik Gudbranson (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. He was selected third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Gudbranson grew up playing minor hockey for the Gloucester Rangers AA rep teams in the ODHA before playing AAA Minor Midget in the OEMHL with the Ottawa Jr. 67's.
Gudbranson was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs in the first round, fourth overall in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.
In his rookie season with Kingston in 2008–09, Gudbranson had three goals and 22 points in 63 games with the rebuilding Frontenacs, who failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Gudbranson then missed 27 games due to mononucleosis in the 2009–10 season, as he appeared in 41 games with the Frontenacs, scoring two goals and 23 points. In the playoffs, Gudbranson had a goal and two assists in seven games as Kingston lost to the Brampton Battalion in the first round of the playoffs. After the season, Gudbranson was awarded the Bobby Smith Trophy, which is an award that is named to the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year.
Gudbranson made the Florida Panthers team for the 2011–12 season and made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders on October 8, 2011. He picked up his first point of his NHL career on December 2, 2011, against the Los Angeles Kings with an assist. Gudbranson scored his first NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers during a 6-1 loss on December 11, 2011. Overall, Gudbranson had two goals and eight points in 72 games, helping the Panthers reach the playoffs for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. In the post-season, Gudbranson was held pointless in seven games, as Florida lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals.
In the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, Gudbranson appeared in 32 games with Florida, earning four assists, as the club failed to reach the playoffs.
In the 2013-2014 NHL season Gudbranson appeared in 65 games having 3 goals and 5 assist. His line mate most of the season was with former captain Ed Jovanovski after playing on the line with Dylan Olsen.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
Invited to take part in Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp. Gudbranson was eventually named to the team. He helped Canada win the silver medal in the World Juniors Championship in 2010/2011.
Gudbranson's younger brother Alex was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs in the first round of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Alex currently plays with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. Gudbranson's youngest brother, Dennis is a leukemia survivor.
Regular season and playoffs
|2007–08||Ottawa Jr. 67's Min. Midg. AAA||OEMHL||70||15||40||55||118||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||2||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- Erik Gudbranson's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Erik Gudbranson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Erik Gudbranson player profile on the Ontario Hockey League site
|Florida Panthers first round draft pick