Nick Drazenovic

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Nick Drazenovic
Born (1987-01-14) January 14, 1987 (age 30)
Prince George, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 171st overall, 2005
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2007–present

Nicholas Drazenovic (born January 14, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre of Croatian ancestry.[1] He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). Drazenovic was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 6th round (171st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

During the 2010–11 season, in November the Blues recalled Drazenovic from the AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. He played in three NHL games before being returned to Peoria for the remainder of the year.

On July 7, 2011, after he was not tendered an offer by the Blues, Drazenovic signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2] He was assigned to play with affiliate the Springfield Falcons for the start of the 2011–12 season.

On July 5, 2013, Drazenovic signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins that will pay him $550,000 at the NHL level.[3] He was assigned to begin the 2013–14 season in the AHL with affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. On January 14, 2014, Drazenovic was recalled and played a solitary game with Pittsburgh in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals the following day.[4] He was promptly returned to the AHL, where he finished the season with 13 goals and 42 points in 63 games.

Drazenovic was re-signed by the Penguins to a one-year deal on July 1, 2014.[5] Hampered by injury, Drazenovic was unable to improve upon his previous season with the Penguins, featuring in only 25 games for the 2014–15 season in Wilkes-Barre, however was still able to contribute offensively with 19 points.

As an un-signed free agent over the summer, Drazenovic belatedly returned to professional hockey in the 2015–16 season, signing a professional try-out contract in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage on December 21, 2015.[6] He made his debut with the Rampage that day in a 2-1 victory over the Iowa Wild.[7] After a month with the depleted Rampage, Drazenovic secured an AHL contract as he was signed for the remainder of the campaign on January 26, 2015.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Prince George Cougars WHL 15 4 4 8 0
2003–04 Prince George Cougars WHL 65 7 30 37 38
2004–05 Prince George Cougars WHL 72 18 38 56 24
2005–06 Prince George Cougars WHL 71 30 33 63 51 5 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Prince George Cougars WHL 58 18 32 50 63 15 9 10 19 6
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 69 16 26 42 38
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 76 12 21 33 43 5 1 0 1 2
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 58 19 20 39 40
2010–11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 75 23 23 46 24 4 0 1 1 2
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Springfield Falcons AHL 41 13 28 41 16
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 62 17 36 53 30 8 2 2 4 2
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 8 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 63 13 29 42 28 9 1 3 4 2
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 25 8 11 19 18 3 0 1 1 0
2015–16 San Antonio Rampage AHL 35 2 8 10 12
AHL totals 504 123 202 325 249 29 4 7 11 8
NHL totals 12 0 0 0 6
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing Canada
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Silver medal – second place 2004 Newfoundland and Labrador

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada Pacific U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 1 4 5 4
Junior totals 6 1 4 5 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nick Drazenovic player profile". Eliteprospects.com. January 2, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets sign James Wisniewski to six-year deal". ESPN. July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Penguins Sign Forward Nick Drazenovic". National Hockey League. Pittsburgh Penguins. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Penguins edge Capitals on Maata's late goal". National Hockey League. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Penguins re-sign forward Nick Drazenovic". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Rampage sign Nick Drazenovic to PTO contract". San Antonio Rampage. 2015-12-21. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  7. ^ "Rampage seal second straight win over Wild". San Antonio Rampage. 2015-12-21. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  8. ^ San Antonio Rampage (2016-01-26). "Nick Drazenovic has signed AHL contract". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-01-26. 

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