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Adam Cracknell (born July 15, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing under contract with HC Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Cracknell formerly played as a journeyman in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Adam Cracknell
Adam Cracknell - Columbus Blue Jackets.jpg
Cracknell in November 2014
Born (1985-07-15) July 15, 1985 (age 33)
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Kunlun Red Star
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
Vancouver Canucks
Edmonton Oilers
Dallas Stars
New York Rangers
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 279th overall, 2004
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2006–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Cracknell played junior hockey for the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and was a member of the team in 2004–05 when it won the WHL regular season championship. During the 2005–06, his last with Kootenay, Cracknell lead the team in goals (42), assists (51), and points (93); finished second in the WHL in total points; and was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team.[1]

ProfessionalEdit

Calgary Flames and St. Louis BluesEdit

Noticed by professional scouts for his size and work ethic, Cracknell was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the final round of the 2004 draft.[2] He played three seasons (2006–2009) with the Flames' minor league affiliates, but failed to make the jump into the NHL, and on July 16, 2009 the St. Louis Blues signed him as an unrestricted free agent.

 
Cracknell during his first tenure with the St. Louis Blues.

Cracknell spent the majority of the 2011 season playing for the Blues affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League. The Blues recalled him on March 1, 2011, and on March 12, Cracknell scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Detroit Red Wings. On April 17, 2014, Cracknell scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarter Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, a series the Blues lost in six games.

Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue JacketsEdit

On July 1, 2014, Cracknell signed a one-year deal as a free agent with the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.[3] However, during training camp Cracknell failed to impress the Kings, who placed him on waivers. The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed him on October 7.[4] Cracknell appeared in 17 games for the Blue Jackets, recording one assist. Cracknell also appeared in 18 games for the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, and recorded three goals and seven points.

Return to St. LouisEdit

On February 26, 2015, Cracknell was reacquired by the Blues in exchange for future considerations.[5] Cracknell spent the remainder of the season with the Wolves.

Vancouver CanucksEdit

On August 25, 2015, the Vancouver Canucks signed Cracknell as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract.[6] Expected to begin the year with the Utica Comets, Cracknell impressed at training camp and was named to the Canucks' opening night roster for the 2015–16 season. On October 12, 2015 he scored his first goal for the Canucks.[7] Cracknell appeared in a career-high 44 games in Vancouver before he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Edmonton Oilers on February 29, 2016.[8]

Dallas StarsEdit

On July 3, 2016, Cracknell moved again, signing as a free agent with the Dallas Stars on a one-year, two-way contract.[9] In his first game with the Stars, Cracknell recorded 2 points with a goal and an assist.[10] On March 24, 2017, Cracknell scored his first career hat trick in a 6–1 win against the San Jose Sharks.

New York RangersEdit

Cracknell played in single game with the Stars to start the 2017–18 season, before he was placed on waivers. On October 9, 2017, his tenure with the Stars ended as the New York Rangers claimed Cracknell off waivers.[11] After playing four games with the Rangers, Cracknell was placed on waivers on October 24 and later reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.[12]

Montreal CanadiensEdit

Cracknell appeared in 15 games with the Wolf Pack before he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Peter Holland on November 30, 2017.[13] Cracknell was immediately assigned to the Canadiens' AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket and played out the remainder of the season, contributing with 27 goals and 48 points in 52 games.

Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim DucksEdit

On July 1, 2018, Cracknell as a free agent agreed to a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[14] In the ensuing 2018–19 season, Cracknell appeared in 14 games and posted 10 points with AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies before he was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Steven Oleksy on December 10, 2018.[15]

Kunlun Red StarEdit

After spending his first 13 professional seasons in North America, Cracknell left the NHL and signed his first contract abroad in agreeing to a one-year contract with Chinese club, Kunlun Red Star of the KHL, on July 4, 2019.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Kootenay Ice WHL 67 7 4 11 37 11 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Kootenay Ice WHL 72 26 35 61 63 4 1 1 2 2
2004–05 Kootenay Ice WHL 72 19 29 48 65 16 8 8 16 6
2005–06 Kootenay Ice WHL 72 42 51 93 85 6 1 4 5 6
2005–06 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 6 1 2 3 2
2006–07 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 31 8 14 22 35 8 3 3 6 6
2007–08 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 61 29 30 59 47 21 9 13 22 4
2007–08 Quad City Flames AHL 4 1 0 1 0
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 79 10 16 26 36
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 76 17 21 38 40
2010–11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 61 6 19 25 54 4 2 0 2 0
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 3 4 7 8
2011–12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 72 23 26 49 54
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Peoria Rivermen AHL 49 17 16 33 26
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 2 4 6 4 5 0 0 0 0
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 0 2 2 0 5 1 0 1 2
2013–14 Chicago Wolves AHL 28 12 13 25 8 7 3 1 4 2
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 17 0 1 1 2
2014–15 Springfield Falcons AHL 18 3 4 7 2
2014–15 Chicago Wolves AHL 22 7 6 13 8 5 1 0 1 4
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 44 5 5 10 14
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 8 0 0 0 6
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 69 10 6 16 12
2017–18 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2017–18 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 15 2 1 3 6
2017–18 Laval Rocket AHL 54 27 21 48 42
2018–19 Toronto Marlies AHL 14 3 7 10 10
2018–19 San Diego Gulls AHL 32 15 13 28 18 15 7 9 16 0
2018–19 Anaheim Ducks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 210 21 22 43 46 10 1 0 1 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 287. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4.
  2. ^ "Adam Cracknell player profile". HockeysFuture.com. October 2, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "Kings sign Adam Cracknell and David Van der Gulik to one-year contracts". Los Angeles Kings. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets claim Adam Cracknell on waivers from Kings". Columbus Blue Jackets. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Blue Jackets trade Adam Cracknell to St. Louis Blues". Columbus Blue Jackets. February 26, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "Vancouver inks journeyman Adam Cracknell". NBC Sports. August 25, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "Canucks earn shootout victory in Anaheim". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Waivers roundup: Edmonton claims two". National Hockey League. February 29, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  9. ^ "Stars sign RW Adam Cracknell to one-year contract". Dallas Stars. July 3, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Shapiro, Sean (October 14, 2016). "Adam Cracknell makes strong case to stick with Stars". www.todaysslapshot.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Rangers Claim Forward Adam Cracknell". National Hockey League. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Calamia, Matt (October 24, 2017). "Practice Report: Cracknell On Waivers; Pavelec to Start Against Arizona". National Hockey League. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "Canadiens acquire Adam Cracknell from the Rangers". Montreal Canadiens. November 30, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  14. ^ "Maple Leafs sign four players". Toronto Maple Leafs. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ducks acquire Cracknell from Toronto for Oleksy". Anaheim Ducks. December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  16. ^ Kunlun Red Star (July 4, 2019). "Kunlun sign Adam Cracknell". Instagram. Retrieved July 4, 2019.

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