Christopher Wagner (born May 27, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey forward for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Wagner was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fifth-round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Wagner with the Islanders in 2018
May 27, 1991|
Walpole, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Islanders
122nd overall, 2010|
As a youth, Wagner played in the 2004 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the South Shore Kings. Attended and played hockey at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts.
Wagner as a Massachusetts native played junior hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League with the South Shore Kings where he and his family moved. In his second season with the Kings in 2009–10 as an 18-year old, Wagner matched an EJHL single-season scoring record with 83 points in only 44 games. He captained the team to the Southern Division Championship before committing to play collegiate hockey with the Colgate Raiders of the ECAC conference in the NCAA. Wagner's development promise gained notice and as a result was he was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
In his freshman season with the Raiders in 2010–11, he led rookies in team scoring with 9 goals and 28 points in 41 games. Wagner continued his upswing in potential the following season by leading Colgate and placing second in the ECAC in scoring. His 51 points in 38 games led all NCAA underclassmen and he was selected in the Second All-Star Team. His two-way presence was noticed as he finished as a finalist for the ECAC's best defensive forward. On April 3, 2012, Wagner ended his collegiate career prematurely when he was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
Wagner made his professional debut with the Ducks' AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals to open the 2012–13 season, in a contest against the Worcester Sharks on October 12, 2012. In remaining with the Admirals for the duration of the year, Wagner appeared in 70 games with 8 goals and 21 points. In his second season, Wagner continued his development in Norfolk, ending the 2013–14 season, as the only player to appear in every game.
Approaching the final year of his entry-level deal, Wagner was amongst the last cuts to make the Ducks opening night roster for the 2014–15 season. Wagner immediately responded in Norfolk to earn AHL player-of-week honors to open the season. He was soon recalled by the Ducks from the Admirals and made his NHL debut in 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on October 17, 2014. Wagner was recalled on several occasions during the season, used in a physical checking-line role finishing scoreless over 9 games. He increased his scoring presence in the AHL with the Admirals, earning a selection to the AHL All-Star Game. At the conclusion of the Admirals season he was recalled for the Ducks post-season and made his playoff debut in the opening round victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
As a restricted free agent, Wagner was signed by the Ducks to a one-year extension on July 17, 2015. Wagner was amongst the Ducks' most impressive during the pre-season, and made his first NHL opening night roster to begin the 2015–16 season. As the Ducks extra forward, he featured in one game before he was exposed to his waiver eligibility, upon being assigned to new AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls on October 21, 2015. He was recalled to Anaheim after three games with the Gulls and played in a further 10 scoreless games with the Ducks as their fourth-line center before he was again placed on waivers. On November 15, 2015, Wagner was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Avalanche. He made his Avalanche debut two days later on the November 17, in a 5-1 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his fifth game with the Avalanche, Wagner scored his first NHL goal in a 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on November 25, 2015. Wagner remained on the Avalanche in a rotating role on the fourth-line. After 26 games posting 4 goals, Wagner was placed back on waivers by the Avalanche on February 24, 2016. The following day he was re-claimed by the Anaheim Ducks and directly assigned to AHL affiliate in the Gulls.
On February 26, 2018, the day of the trade deadline in the 2017–18 season, Wagner was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for Jason Chimera. Wagner played out the remainder of the season, posting just 1 goal in 15 games as the Islanders finished out of playoff contention.
On July 1, 2018, having left the Islanders as a free agent, Wagner signed a two-year deal worth $2.5 million with hometown club, the Boston Bruins.
|2008–09||South Shore Kings||EJHL||38||20||14||34||72||2||2||0||2||0|
|2009–10||South Shore Kings||EJHL||44||34||49||83||70||4||3||6||9||8|
|2015–16||San Diego Gulls||AHL||15||6||4||10||22||7||2||2||4||4|
|2016–17||San Diego Gulls||AHL||30||12||7||19||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||New York Islanders||NHL||15||1||0||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Offensive Player of the Year||2009–10|
|All-ECAC Hockey Second Team||2011–12|
|Prince of Wales Trophy||2019|
|NESN Boston Bruins 7th Player Award||2019|||
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
- "2011-12 All-ECAC teams". ECACHockeybog.com. March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- "Colgate's Wagner signs with Ducks after 51-point season". USCHO.com. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
- "Admirals double up Sharks to open season". American Hockey League. October 12, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "Wagner named AHL player of the Week". American Hockey League. October 12, 2014. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
- "Former Xavier star Wagner makes NHL debut". Boston Herald. October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
- "Chris Wagner to make NHL debut against Wild". National Hockey League. October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
- "Perry leads Ducks to comeback win over Jets". National Hockey League. April 16, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Ducks sign centers Wagner, Sgarbossa to one-year deals". 'Anaheim Ducks. July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
- "Three things to keep an eye on tonight". pucksofafeather.com. October 1, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- "Avalanche claim Wagner". Colorado Avalanche. November 15, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
- "Avalanche special teams falter in loss at Toronto". Denver Post. November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
- "Avs struggles continue in loss to Senators at home". Denver Post. November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
- "Chris Wagner claimed from Avalanche by Anaheim Ducks". 'Denver Post. February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- "Islanders Acquire Wagner". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
- "Bruins announce 7 transactions on July 1". Boston Bruins. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "Chris Wagner Receives NESN's 7th Player Award". NHL.com. Retrieved June 15, 2019.