Erik Gudbranson (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Before joining the Penguins, Gudbranson had previously played for the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.
Gudbranson in his rookie season with the Florida Panthers
January 7, 1992|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
3rd overall, 2010|
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. He was drafted by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Kingston Frontenacs in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection Draft.
In his rookie season with Kingston in 2008–09, Gudbranson had 3 goals and 22 points in 63 games with the rebuilding Frontenacs, who failed to qualify for the playoffs. He recorded his first career OHL point, getting two assists in a 6–2 loss to the Belleville Bulls on October 1. Gudbranson scored his first career OHL goal on January 23 against Jaroslav Janus of the Erie Otters in a 6–5 overtime loss.
Gudbranson then missed 27 games due to mononucleosis in the 2009–10 season, as he appeared in 41 games with the Frontenacs, scoring 2 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 returned to Kingston for the 2010–11 season, where he saw a big improvement in his offensive numbers. Gudbranson scored 12 goals and 34 points in 44 games with Kingston, helping the club to the playoffs. In the playoffs, Gudbranson had a goal and four points in five games as the Frontenacs lost to the Oshawa Generals in the first round.
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 earned his first point of his NHL career on December 2, 2011, against the Los Angeles Kings, 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 2 goals and 8 points in 72 games, helping the Panthers reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1999–2000 season. In the playoffs, Gudbranson was held pointless in seven games as Florida lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
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.
Gudbranson played in 64 games in the 2015–16 season, scoring two goals and nine points, helping Florida into the playoffs for the first time since 2012. During the playoffs, Gudbranson was held off the score sheet in six games, as Florida lost to the New York Islanders in the first round (who won their first playoff series since 1993).
On May 25, 2016, Gudbranson was traded along with a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Jared McCann and both a second- and fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Gudbranson joined the Vancouver Canucks for the 2016–17 season. He appeared in his first game with the Canucks on October 15, receiving 18:42 of ice time in a 2–1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames. On October 18, 2016, Gudbranson recorded his first point with the Canucks, an assist on a goal by Bo Horvat, in a 2–1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Gudbranson scored his first goal with Vancouver on December 8 in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring against Ben Bishop in a 5–1 victory.
In an away game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 5, 2016, rookie Troy Stecher took a hit by Leaf enforcer Matt Martin in the third period, prompting a line brawl. Following the game, Gudbranson yelled, "Matt Martin's dead. Everyone can hear that now. F—— dead" on his way to the Canucks' dressing room. He later apologized.
On December 19, Gudbranson underwent season-ending wrist surgery; he had 1 goal and 5 assists in 30 games up to that point.
On October 19, 2017, Gudbranson was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano. On October 20, 2017, Gudbranson was given a one-game suspension for the hit.
On February 20, 2018, Gudbranson signed a three-year contract extension with the Canucks.
|World Junior Championships|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
Gudbranson was invited to take part in Canada's 2011 National Junior Team selection camp. He was eventually named to the team. He helped Canada win the silver medal in the World Juniors Championship in 2010–11.
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 Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL. Gudbranson's youngest brother, Dennis, is a leukemia survivor. Gudbranson is a supporter of Canadian Blood Services and promotes stem cell donation as a result of his brother's battle with leukemia.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- Tieja MacLaughlin. "Erik Gudbranson: Third pick's the charm". The Good Point. Archived from the original on April 14, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
- "Panthers trade Gudbranson to Canucks for McCann". nhl.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Martin Putting Targets on Leafs' Rookies?". The Hockey Writers. November 8, 2016.
- "'Fit of rage' led to Erik Gudbranson's postgame threat toward Matt Martin". Yahoo!sports. December 3, 2016.
- "Erik Gudbranson to Undergo Wrist Surgery". Vancouver Canucks. December 18, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- "Canucks sign Erik Gudbranson to contract extension". Vancouver Canucks. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Canucks' Erik Gudbranson suspended 1 game for hit from behind". cbc.ca. October 20, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
- "Gudbranson signed to three-year extension". NHL.com. February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
- "Canucks trade Erik Gudbranson to Penguins for Tanner Pearson". sportsnet.ca. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile[permanent dead link]
- "Alex Gudbranson". eliteprospects.com. May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "Vancouver Canucks' Erik Gudbranson lends support to #MenGiveLife campaign". cbc.ca. September 9, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Erik Gudbranson player profile on the Ontario Hockey League site
|Awards and achievements|
| Florida Panthers first round draft pick