January 7, 1992 |
Orleans, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
|NHL Draft||3rd overall, 2010
Erik Gudbranson (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). 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.
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, an award given 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. He scored his first NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers during a 6–1 loss on December 11, 2011. At the end of the season, Gudbranson had two goals and eight points in 72 games, helping the Panthers reach the Stanley Cup 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 2013–14 season, Gudbranson appeared in 65 games, scoring three goals and providing six assists. His defensive partner for the majority of the season was captain Ed Jovanovski, though he also spent time partnered with Dylan Olsen.
Following two more seasons with the Panthers, Gudbranson was traded along with a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Jared McCann, a second, and a fourth round pick, all from 2016.
|World Junior Championships|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
Gudbranson was 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
|Awards and achievements|
|Florida Panthers first round draft pick