Erixon in November 2014.
February 24, 1991 |
Port Chester, NY, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||23rd overall, 2009
Tim Carl Erixon (born February 24, 1991) is an American-born Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Erixon was selected in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Erixon has previously played for Skellefteå AIK in the Elitserien. The son of former NHL player Jan Erixon, he has represented Sweden at the World Junior Hockey Championships, winning a silver medal in 2009.
Erixon was born in Port Chester, New York while his father Jan was a player for the New York Rangers. His family moved back to Skellefteå, Sweden following his father's retirement where he began to play hockey himself at the age of five. He is described by his father as a "two-way defenceman with offensive skills". Though he plays a different position, Erixon's play has been compared to his father, who was known as a defensive forward.
Erixon began his professional career with Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Elitserien at the age of 17, playing alongside good friend, and fellow 2009 draftee David Rundblad. He recorded seven points in 45 games with Skellefteå in 2008–09 before finishing the season on loan to the Malmö Redhawks in the Swedish second division, HockeyAllsvenskan. Erixon represented Sweden at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships and 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning a silver medal in the latter tournament.
Erixon entered the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as the 5th ranked European skater according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He was selected in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Calgary Flames. The Flames considered him a well-rounded player; not expected to be an offensive minded defenseman, but a player with a good vision on the ice.
Erixon, however, refused to sign with Calgary.[why?] Faced with the prospect of losing his rights before the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Flames' general manager Jay Feaster traded Erixon to the New York Rangers on June 1, 2011, in exchange for two 2011 second round draft picks (the Flames selected Markus Granlund and Tyler Wotherspoon) and prospect Roman Horák. He made his NHL debut on October 7, 2011 against the Los Angeles Kings in a game played in Sweden. He was sent to the AHL Connecticut Whale after playing nine games for the Rangers. He was recalled to the Rangers on December 14, 2011 after scoring 1 goal and 11 assists in 13 games for the Whale, and since shuttled between New York and Connecticut several times. He registered his first NHL point for the Rangers on March 23, 2012, assisting on a goal by Brian Boyle in a game against the Buffalo Sabres.
After Connecticut was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, Erixon was added to the Rangers' playoff roster. During the off-season Erixon, along with Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and a first round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle and a 2013 conditional third round pick.
In the 2014–15 season, Erixon made the Blue Jackets opening night roster. On October 26, 2014, Erixon scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings. After 19 games with Columbus, Erixon was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Jeremy Morin on December 14, 2014. Erixon featured in 8 games with the Blackhawks, before he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 1, 2015.
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championship|
Regular season and playoffs
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||18||0||2||2||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||31||0||5||5||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||2||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||19||1||5||6||4||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star||2009|
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- "Blackhawks acquire Erixon in exchange for Morin". Chicago Blackhawks. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
- "Maple Leafs claim Tim Erixon off waivers from Blackhawks". TheStar.com. 2015-03-01. Retrieved 2015-03-01.
- Elite Prospects
- Tim Erixon's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Tim Erixon's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Calgary Flames first round draft pick