New York Rangers
Erik Christensen
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ErikChristensen
POSITION: Center
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 200
BIRTHDATE: 12/17/1983
BIRTHPLACE: Edmonton, AB, CAN
DRAFTED: PIT: 2002-69 overall
WHL West First All-Star Team (2003) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2003) Traded to Atlanta by Pittsburgh with Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Daultan Leveille) in 2008 Entry Draft for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis, February 26, 2008. Traded to Anaheim by Atlanta for Eric O'Dell, March 4, 2009. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Anaheim, December 2, 2009. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with NY Rangers' 7th round choice (Alexandre Belanger) in 2013 Entry Draft for Casey Wellman, February 3. 2012. Signed as a free agent by Lev Praha (KHL), June 5, 2012.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2010-11: Tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the NHL with five shootout goals, tied for first on the Rangers and tied for third in the league with three shootout game-deciding goals, and ranked first on the team with a 62.5 percent shootout percentage. ... The Rangers were 9-1-0 when he tallied a goal and 15-4-0 when he registered a point. ... Is tied for third in the NHL all-time in shootout, game-deciding goals (11), seventh in shootout goals (23) and ranks ninth in shootout shooting percentage (53.5 percent). ... Tallied at least one point in seven of his nine games from Feb. 25 at Washington to Mar. 20 at Pittsburgh (five goals, seven assists over the span). ... Registered a career-high, four points (two goals, two assists), including one power play goal, and posted a plus-three rating at Washington on Feb. 25. ... Skated in his 300th career NHL contest on Nov. 29 vs. Pittsburgh. ... Registered career-highs with three assists and a plus-5 rating in an 8-2 win on Nov. 14 vs. Edmonton. ... Notched his first career playoff goal, and first playoff point as a Ranger, on April 17 vs. Washington. 2009-10: Claimed by the Rangers off waivers from Anaheim on Dec. 2. ... Made his Rangers debut on Dec. 5 at Buffalo. ... Established a career-high with a plus-11 rating overall. ... Tied for third on the team with 26 points (eight goals and 18 assists) in the final 43 games of the season, dating back to Dec. 31 at Carolina. ... Ranked second on the team with a plus-14 rating in his 49 games with the Rangers ... Recorded a career-high, eight multi-point efforts, including four multi-assist performances. ... The Rangers posted a record of 5-1-0 when he tallied a goal, and were 12-3-2 when he recorded a point. ... Named co-recipient of the John Halligan Good Guy Award for cooperation with the media. ... Notched his sixth career two-goal effort on Apr. 7 vs. Toronto. ... Recorded his fifth career two-goal effort, tallied in a 1:46 span of the second period including the game-winner, and added one assist to tie his career-high with three points on Feb. 14 vs. Tampa Bay. 2008-09: Established career-highs in games played (64) and assists (21), while splitting the season between Atlanta and Anaheim. ... Tallied five multi-point efforts, including four two-assist performances. ... Ranked second on Atlanta in faceoff percentage, posting a 54.6percent (233-427) success rate, at the time of his trade to Anaheim on Mar. 4. ... Skated in his 200th NHL game on Mar. 3 against Florida. ... Registered his first career playoff point in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at San Jose on Apr. 19. 2007-08: Recorded three multi-point efforts. ... Tallied a season-high, four-game point streak from Dec. 20 at Boston to Dec. 27 vs. Buffalo, registering five points (two goals and three assists) over the span. 2006-07: Established career-highs in goals, points and power play goals (six). ... Tied for the NHL lead with eight shootout goals, converting at a 57.1 percent (8-14) success rate in the shootout. ...Also ranked sixth on the team in goals, seventh in power play goals, eighth in assists, and ninth in points. ... Recorded six multi-point performances on the season, including four multi-goal efforts. ... Set a career-high for points in a game with two, three-point efforts -- Jan. 16 against the NY Islanders (two goals and one assist) and Mar. 29 at Boston (two goals and one assist). ... Posted a career-best three-game goal-scoring streak from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5 (three goals). ... Made his NHL playoff debut on April 11 at Ottawa. 2005-06: Recorded his first career multi-point game with one goal and one assist on Nov. 14 against the NY Islanders. ... Made his NHL debut on Nov. 1 at New Jersey, and notched his first NHL point with a goal in the next game on Nov. 3 at the NY Islanders.

AHL CAREER
2006-07: Registered nine multi-point games, including a three-point effort on Nov. 5 against Norfolk. ... Recorded a six-game point streak from Oct. 4 vs. Manitoba to Oct. 21 vs. Albany (three goals and six assists).  2005-06: Tallied 11 multipoint games, including a career-high four goals in the season opener on Oct. 5 vs. Bridgeport. ... Recorded a 10-game AHL point streak from Oct. 21 to Jan. 20, registering 18 points (eight goals and 10 assists) over the span. 2004-05: Tied for first in the AHL with five shootout goals. ... Ranked fourth on the team with seven points (one goal and six assists) in 11 Calder Cup playoff games.

JUNIOR CAREER
2003-04: Ranked third on Brandon in points (62) and plus-minus (plus-22), tied for third in assists (35), and placed fourth on the team in goals (27). ... Tallied 22 multi-point performances. ... Recorded a five-game point streak from Jan. 2 vs. Moose Jaw to Jan. 10 vs. Saskatoon (four goals and nine points). 2002-03: Led Kamloops and the WHL in points (108) and goals (54). ... Ranked first on the team and seventh in the league in assists (54) and placed first on Kamloops and sixth in the league in power play goals (18). ... Led the team and ranked second in the WHL in game-winning goals (10), and tied for first on the Blazers in short-handed goals (two). ... Finished second on the team in plus-minus (plus-26) and tied for fourth in games played (67). ... Registered six games with four points or more including three hat tricks. ... Led the team in playoff points (eight) and assists (seven). ... Selected to the Western Conference First All-Star Team and the Canadian Major-Junior Second All-Star Team. ... Won the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s leading scorer. 2001-02: Ranked third on Kamloops in assists (36) and power play goals (10), fourth in points (58), and fifth in goals (22). ... Registered an eight-game point streak from Oct. 14 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Spokane (two goals and nine points). ... Collected nine multi-point games. 2000-01: Placed fifth on Kamloops in goals (21), sixth in points (44) and ninth in assists (23). ... Tallied 11 multi-point games. ... Recorded a six-game point-scoring streak from Feb. 3 at Spokane to Feb. 18 vs. Tri-City (two goals and six points). 1999-00: Tallied three points in back-to-back games on Dec. 15 vs. Seattle and Dec. 17 at Prince George (two goals and one assist).

BACKGROUND
Enjoys golfing in the off-season. ... Lists Wayne Gretzky as his favorite player growing up. ... His favorite hockey memory was playing with Mario Lemieux with the Penguins during the 2005-06 season. ... His father, Ivan, is a longtime hockey coach who operates Complete Player, Inc., a skills development company that works with amateur and professional players in Edmonton. ... Has played the guitar since the age of 12. ... Fan of heavy metal music. ... Nickname is "Crusher". ... Lists "Family Guy" as his favorite TV show. ... Married: wife, Kristin.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

June 21, 2003 -- Pittsburgh Penguins’ third round choice, 69th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Feb. 26, 2008 -- Traded to Atlanta from Pittsburgh, along with Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and a first round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (Daulton Leveille), for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis. March 4, 2009 -- Traded to Anaheim from Atlanta, in exchange for Eric O’Dell. Dec. 2, 2009 -- Claimed by the Rangers off waivers from Anaheim.

CAREER HIGHS

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 4 (three times) (last -- March 12, 2011, to March 20, 2011) (two goals and four assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 3 from Dec. 1, 2006, to Dec. 5, 2006 (three goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 3, (three times) (last -- March 15, 2011, to March 20, 2011 (four assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 2 (seven times), last - Feb. 25, 2011 at Washington (Neuvirth)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 3 on Nov. 14, 2010, vs. Edmonton

MOST POINTS, GAME: 4 on Feb. 25, 2011 at Washington (two goals, two assists)

MOST PIM, GAME: 12 on Dec. 8, 2005 (Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota)

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 8 on Feb. 9, 2008, (Pittsburgh vs. Los Angeles)

FIRST NHL GAME: Nov. 1, 2005, (Pittsburgh at New Jersey)

FIRST NHL GOAL: Nov. 3, 2005, (Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders) (DiPietro)

FIRST NHL ASSIST:
Nov. 14, 2005, (Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Islanders)

CAREER IN SHOOTOUT

ATTEMPTS: 46
GOALS: 24
SUCCESS RATE: 52.2 percent
GAME-DECIDING GOALS: 11