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Tim Carl Erixon (born 24 February 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing with the Växjö Lakers in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Erixon was selected in the first round—23rd overall—by the Calgary Flames in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Erixon has previously played for Skellefteå AIK in the Elitserien, as well as various NHL teams. As the son of former NHL player Jan Erixon, he has represented Sweden at the World Junior Hockey Championships, winning a silver medal in 2009.

Tim Erixon
Tim Erixon - Columbus Blue Jackets.jpg
Erixon in November 2014
Born (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 28)
Port Chester, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Växjö Lakers
Skellefteå AIK
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2009
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2007–present

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Early lifeEdit

Erixon was born in Port Chester, New York while his father Jan was a player for the New York Rangers. His family moved back to Skellefteå, Sweden following his father's retirement where he began to play hockey himself at the age of five.[1] He is described by his father as a "two-way defenceman with offensive skills".[2] Though he plays a different position, Erixon's play has been compared to his father, who was known as a defensive forward.[3]

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Erixon began his professional career with Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Elitserien at the age of 17, playing alongside good friend, and fellow 2009 draftee David Rundblad.[3] He recorded seven points in 45 games with Skellefteå in 2008–09 before finishing the season on loan to the Malmö Redhawks in the Swedish second division, HockeyAllsvenskan.[4]

ProfessionalEdit

 
Erixon as a Ranger.

Erixon entered the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as the 5th ranked European skater according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.[5] He was selected in the first round—23rd overall—by the Calgary Flames. The Flames considered him a well-rounded player; not expected to be an offensive minded defenseman, but a player with a good vision on the ice.

Erixon, however, refused to sign with Calgary because he felt he would not make the roster.[6] Faced with the prospect of losing his rights before the 2011 NHL Entry Draft,[7][8] Flames' general manager Jay Feaster traded Erixon to the New York Rangers on 1 June 2011, in exchange for two 2011 second round draft picks (the Flames selected Markus Granlund and Tyler Wotherspoon) and prospect Roman Horák.[9] He made his NHL debut on 7 October 2011 against the Los Angeles Kings in a game played in Sweden.[10][11] He was sent to the AHL Connecticut Whale after playing nine games for the Rangers.[12] He was recalled to the Rangers on 14 December 2011 after scoring 1 goal and 11 assists in 13 games for the Whale, and since shuttled between New York and Connecticut several times.[12][13][14][15] He registered his first NHL point for the Rangers on 23 March 2012, assisting on a goal by Brian Boyle in a game against the Buffalo Sabres.[16]

After Connecticut was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, Erixon was added to the Rangers' playoff roster.[17] On 23 June 2012, Erixon, along with Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and a first round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle, and a 2013 conditional third round pick.[18]

In the 2014–15 season, Erixon made the Blue Jackets opening-night roster. On 26 October 2014, Erixon scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings.[19] After 19 games with Columbus, Erixon was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Jeremy Morin on 14 December 2014.[20] Erixon featured in 8 games with the Blackhawks, before he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on 1 March 2015.[21]

On 1 July 2015, Erixon was part of a blockbuster trade that also sent Phil Kessel and Tyler Biggs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling, Pittsburgh's 2016 3rd round draft pick, and a conditional exchange of draft picks between the clubs depending on Pittsburgh's 2016 NHL regular season performance.[22]

On 7 September 2017, the New Jersey Devils signed Erixon as a free agent to a professional try-out contract.[23] After participating in training camp and the pre-season, Erixon was released without a contract from the Devils on 26 September 2017. He was then invited to try-out with the Devils AHL affiliate in Binghamton. After a successful training camp, Erixon signed a professional try-out to begin the 2017–18 season with Binghamton on 5 October 2017.[24] Erixon contributed with 1 assist in 5 games with the Devils before he was released from his PTO to sign a one-year AHL contract with the Springfield Thunderbirds on 1 November 2017.[25]

In the following off-season, Erixon as a free agent returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton organization, agreeing to attend training camp on a professional try-out on September 26, 2018.[26] He made the opening night roster for the 2018–19 season, and played through 15 games before securing a one-year AHL contract with the Penguins on February 5, 2019.[27]

On June 15, 2019, Erixon returned to Sweden as a free agent following 8 seasons in North America, agreeing to a two-year contract with the Växjö Lakers of the SHL.[28]

International playEdit

 
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
  2009 Canada
  2010 Canada
World Championships
  2011 Slovakia
  2014 Belarus

Erixon represented Sweden at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships and 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning a silver medal in the latter tournament.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Skellefteå AIK SEL 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Skellefteå AIK SEL 45 2 5 7 12 9 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Malmö Redhawks Allsv 3 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Skellefteå AIK SEL 45 7 6 13 44 12 1 0 1 8
2010–11 Skellefteå AIK SEL 48 5 19 24 40 18 3 5 8 12
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 18 0 2 2 8
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 52 3 30 33 42 9 0 4 4 8
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 40 5 24 29 38
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 31 0 5 5 14
2013–14 Springfield Falcons AHL 39 5 32 37 16 5 1 1 2 4
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 19 1 5 6 4
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 15 1 0 1 6
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 65 3 17 20 44 10 2 4 6 6
2016–17 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 54 4 13 17 24 5 1 1 2 4
2017–18 Binghamton Devils AHL 5 0 1 1 4
2017–18 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 47 2 20 22 40
2018–19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 28 0 5 5 18
SHL totals 140 14 32 46 96 39 4 5 9 24
NHL totals 93 2 12 14 38

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Sweden U18 5th 6 3 6 9 12
2009 Sweden WJC   5 0 0 0 0
2010 Sweden WJC   5 1 2 3 10
2011 Sweden WC   9 0 1 1 2
2014 Sweden WC   10 0 2 2 10
Junior totals 16 4 8 12 22
Senior totals 19 0 3 3 12

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stevenson, Chris (27 June 2009). "Flames land Swedish D". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  2. ^ Cruikshank, Scott (27 June 2009). "Flames select Swedish bloodlines in Erixon". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 29 June 2009.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Roarke, Shawn P. (16 April 2009). "Erixon has a familiar look". National Hockey League. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Tim Erixon player profile". eurohockey.net. European Hockey.net. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  5. ^ The Canadian Press (26 June 2009). "FLAMES SELECT SWEDISH BLUE-LINER ERIXON WITH 23RD PICK IN NHL DRAFT". thehockeynews.com. Montreal: The Hockey News. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. ^ Peterson, Torie (19 October 2011). "Evaluating the Erixon trade". NHL.com. Calgary, AB: Calgary Flames. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ David, Dan (14 June 2011). "Arrival of Erixon a Rangers family affair". NHL.com. New York Rangers. Retrieved 6 December 2017. With his NHL rights about to expire, Erixon was on the verge of re-entering the draft.
  9. ^ "Flames trade unsigned draft pick Erixon to Rangers". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  10. ^ "NY Rangers at Los Angeles". Yahoo!. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  11. ^ Brooks, L. (8 October 2011). "Rangers look defenseless without Staal". New York Post. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Erixon called up from Connecticut". 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Rangers return Erixon to Connecticut". newyorkrangers.com. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Erixon returns from Connecticut". newyorkrangers.com. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Erixon returned to Connecticut". newyorkrangers.com. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  16. ^ "Buffalo at NY Rangers". Yahoo!. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  17. ^ Gourlie, M. (15 May 2012). "McIlrath added to Rangers playoff roster". Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  18. ^ "Blue Jackets Ship Nash to Rangers in Blockbuster trade". TSN. 23 July 2012. Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  19. ^ "Kings beat Blue Jackets 5–2 to sweep homestand". USA Today. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Blackhawks acquire Erixon in exchange for Morin". Chicago Blackhawks. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  21. ^ The Canadian Press (1 March 2015). "Maple Leafs claim Tim Erixon off waivers from Blackhawks". Toronto: TheStar.com. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Penguins Acquire Forwards Phil Kessel and Tyler Biggs, and Defenseman Tim Erixon from Toronto in Exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington, and a 2016 Third-Round Draft Pick". Pittsburgh Penguins. 1 July 2015.
  23. ^ "Devils add defenseman Tim Erixon on PTO". NJ.com. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  24. ^ "Devils ink Kennedy to one-year deal, Erixon to PTO". Binghamton Devils. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  25. ^ "T-BIRDS SIGN D ERIXON TO AHL CONTRACT". Springfield Thunderbirds. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  26. ^ "Penguins add Tim Erixon to roster". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Penguins sign Tim Erixon for remainder of 2018-19". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  28. ^ "Tim Erixon signs contract" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers. 15 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  29. ^ "All-Star Team at 2009 WJC". Elite Prospects.com. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Greg Nemisz
Calgary Flames first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Sven Bärtschi