Hugh Jessiman

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Hugh Jessiman
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Born (1984-03-28) March 28, 1984 (age 30)
New York City, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 224 lb (102 kg; 16 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
EBEL team
Former teams
Vienna Capitals
Florida Panthers
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2003
New York Rangers
Playing career 2005–present

Hugh Jessiman (born March 28, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing for the Vienna Capitals in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round (12th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Jessiman has previously played in the NHL with the Florida Panthers but has spent the majority of his pro career thus far in the American Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Jessiman grew up in Darien, Connecticut, attending Brunswick School in Greenwich. Jessiman was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, by the New York Rangers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

After failing to meet the expectations of a first round draft pick, Jessiman was traded to the Nashville Predators on October 30, 2008, in exchange for future considerations.[1]

On August 4, 2010, Jessiman signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for the ensuing 2010-11 season.[2] After attending the Blackhawks training camp, on September 27, 2010, Jessiman was waived by the team and assigned to AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.[3]

Jessiman contributed 5 points in 25 games with the IceHogs before he was traded by the Blackhawks to the Florida Panthers, along with Jack Skille and David Pacan, for Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak on February 9, 2011.[4]

On February 27, 2011, Jessiman made his long awaited NHL debut when the Florida Panthers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.[5]

The following season Jessiman was unable to attain an NHL contract, instead signing a professional try-out contract with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL to begin the 2011–12 season. In 43 games with the Monsters, Jessiman matched his AHL career highs of 20 goals before he was signed to a standard player contract for the remainder of the season with the Abbotsford Heat on February 13, 2012.[6]

On July 3, 2012, Jessiman signed a one year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.[7] Due to the NHL lockout he was assigned directly to AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Over the duration of the 2012–13, Jessiman failed to recapture his previous season production finishing with 10 goals in 68 games for the Senators.

On May 23, 2013, Jessiman signed his first contract abroad on a one-year deal with new KHL team Medveščak Zagreb from Croatia. [8] In the 2013–14 season, Jessiman was unable to show an offensive touch but found his place using physicality on the third line with Zagreb, for 8 goals and 11 points in 37 games.

A free agent, Jessiman continued his journeyman career, signing a one-year contract with Austrian club, the Vienna Capitals of the EBEL, on July 7, 2014.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Dartmouth College ECAC 34 23 24 47 48
2003–04 Dartmouth College ECAC 34 16 17 33 71
2004–05 Dartmouth College ECAC 12 1 1 2 18
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 46 7 12 19 66 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 25 13 10 23 56
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 49 7 6 13 79 7 1 0 1 9
2006–07 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 20 12 10 22 52
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 71 18 24 42 154 5 0 1 1 21
2008–09 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 6 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 63 20 7 27 100 10 2 0 1 10
2009–10 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 78 20 22 42 111
2010–11 Rockford Icehogs AHL 25 3 2 5 27
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 25 5 3 8 47
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 2 0 0 0 5
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 43 20 5 25 75
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 24 7 12 19 33 8 2 3 5 6
2012–13 Binghamton Senators AHL 68 10 19 29 155 3 0 0 0 8
2013–14 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 37 8 3 11 72 4 0 0 0 2
AHL totals 498 117 112 229 849 35 5 4 9 54
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 5

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 2002–03
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 2003–04

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers trade Jessiman to Predators". New York Rangers. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2001-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Blackhawks sign Brophey, Cullimore, Davis, Jessiman and Toivonen". Chicago Blackhawks. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Rangers assign Redden to AHL as teams fill waiver wire". The Sports Network. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Florida Panthers trade Michael Frolik, get Jack Skille". Palm Beach Post. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Hugh Jessiman makes NHL debut with Florida Panthers". Miami Herald. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  6. ^ "Heat sign Jessiman". Abbotsford Heat. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Senators sign forward Hugh Jessiman to a one-year, two way contract". marketwire.com. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  8. ^ "Former NHL center Hugh Jessiman signs for Zagreb" (in Croatian). vecernji.com. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Hugh Jessiman has a fantastic future on the Right Wing" (in German). Vienna Capitals. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Higgins
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year
2002–03
Succeeded by
Brian Ihnacak
David McKee
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dan Blackburn
New York Rangers first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Al Montoya