Tim Erixon

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Tim Erixon
Tim Erixon Rangers.png
Born (1991-02-24) February 24, 1991 (age 23)
Port Chester, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Skellefteå AIK
New York Rangers
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2009
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2007–present

Tim Carl Erixon (born February 24, 1991) is an American-born Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Erixon was acquired in a 2012 trade with the New York Rangers. He was previously selected by the Calgary Flames who selected him in the first round, 23rd overall, 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] He is described by his father as a "two-way defenceman with offensive skills".[2] Though he plays a different position, Erixon's play has been compared to his father, who was known as a defensive forward.[3]

Playing career[edit]

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Medal record
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Silver 2009 Canada
Bronze 2010 Canada
World Championships
Silver 2011 Slovakia
Bronze 2014 Belarus

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[3]

Erixon entered the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as the 5th ranked European skater according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.[1] 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.[3]

Erixon, however, refused to sign with Calgary. Faced with the prospect of losing his rights before the 2011 NHL Entry Draft,[5] 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.[6] He made his NHL debut on October 7, 2011 against the Los Angeles Kings in a game played in Sweden.[7][8] He was sent to the AHL Connecticut Whale after playing nine games for the Rangers.[9] 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.[9][10][11][12] 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.[13] After Connecticut was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, Erixon was added to the Rangers' playoff roster.[14] 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.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Skellefteå AIK SHL 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Skellefteå AIK SHL 45 2 5 7 12 9 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Malmö Redhawks Swe-2 3 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Skellefteå AIK SHL 45 7 6 13 44 12 1 0 1 8
2010–11 Skellefteå AIK SHL 48 5 19 24 40 18 3 5 8 12
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 18 0 2 2 8
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 52 3 30 33 42 9 0 4 4 8
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 40 5 24 29 38
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 31 0 5 5 14
2013–14 Springfield Falcons AHL 39 5 32 37 16 5 1 1 2 4
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 2
SHL totals 140 14 32 46 96 39 4 5 9 24
NHL totals 51 0 7 7 24

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Sweden U18 5th 6 3 6 9 12
2009 Sweden WJC 5 0 0 0 0
2010 Sweden WJC 5 1 2 3 10
2011 Sweden WC 9 0 1 1 2
2014 Sweden WC 10 0 2 2 10
Junior totals 16 4 8 12 22
Senior totals 19 0 3 3 12

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[16] 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stevenson, Chris (2009-06-27). "Flames land Swedish D". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  2. ^ Cruikshank, Scott (2009-06-27). "Flames select Swedish bloodlines in Erixon". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2009-06-29. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d Roarke, Shawn P. (2009-04-16). "Erixon has a familiar look". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Tim Erixon player profile". European Hockey.net. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  5. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/fantasy/hockey/2011/10/21/hockey_hearsay/
  6. ^ "Flames trade unsigned draft pick Erixon to Rangers". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "NY Rangers at Los Angeles". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  8. ^ Brooks, L. (October 8, 2011). "Rangers look defenseless without Staal". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  9. ^ a b "Erixon called up from Connecticut". December 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  10. ^ "Rangers return Erixon to Connecticut". newyorkrangers.com. December 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  11. ^ "Erixon returns from Connecticut". newyorkrangers.com. December 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  12. ^ "Erixon returned to Connecticut". newyorkrangers.com. December 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  13. ^ "Buffalo at NY Rangers". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  14. ^ Gourlie, M. (May 15, 2012). "McIlrath added to Rangers playoff roster". Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  15. ^ "Blue Jackets Ship Nash to Rangers in Blockbuster trade". TSN. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  16. ^ Elite Prospects

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Greg Nemisz
Calgary Flames first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Sven Bärtschi