Stu Bickel
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 10/02/1986
DRAFTED: undrafted
Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 2, 2008. Traded to NY Rangers by Anaheim for Nigel Williams, November 23, 2010. Missed majority of 2012-13 and 2013-14 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2014.
2012-13: Posted an even or better plus/minus rating in 14 of 16 contests ... Recorded a career- high, 17 penalty minutes on Jan. 24 at PHI. 2011-12: Tallied an assist while making his NHL debut on Dec. 20 at NJD. ... Recalled from Connecticut (AHL) on Dec. 18. ... Was one of seven NHL rookie defensemen to have tallied at least one shorthanded assist/point this season (one). ... Ranked third on the team in fighting majors (12). ... Was credited with three hits and posted a plus-two rating, while skating in a career-high, 21:54 of ice time on Mar. 13 vs. CAR … Tallied four assists and a plus-four rating in three games to begin his NHL career from Dec. 20 at NJD to Dec. 23 vs. PHI, following his recall from Connecticut (AHL) on Dec. 18. ... Tallied two primary assists, posted a plus-two rating and was credited with a game-high, six hits on Dec. 23 vs. PHI. ... Tallied a shorthanded assist and logged 11:40 of ice time while making his NHL debut on Dec. 20 at NJD. ... Ranked fourth on the team in playoff penalty minutes (16). ... Made his playoff debut on Apr. 12 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Ottawa.

2012-13: Registered one assist in ten games with Connecticut. 2011-12: Was tied for third on Connecticut with a plus-four rating at the time of his recall on Dec. 18 … Recorded his first shorthanded point of the season with an assist on Dec. 16 vs. Bridgeport. 2010-11: Established career-highs in games played (60), assists (10) and points (12) with Connecticut and Syracuse of the American Hockey League. ... Tied for fourth among Connecticut defensemen in goals (2), and fifth in assists (7) and penalty minutes (135). ... Recorded his first AHL multi-point effort with two points (one goal, one assist), including his first goal with Connecticut, and posted an AHL career-high, plus-three rating in a 3-2 win on March 2 vs. Springfield. ... Tallied his first point as a Whale with an assist on Nov. 27 vs. Bridgeport. ... In addition, he registered his first career AHL playoff point with an assist on Apr. 16 at Portland. ... Was acquired by the Rangers from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Nigel Williams on Nov. 23. ... Ranked third among Syracuse defensemen in penalty minutes (14) at the time of his trade. 2009-10: Recorded two goals and four points in 36 games with San Antonio. ... Notched his first career AHL goal on Jan. 23, 2010 vs. Milwaukee. 2008-09: Made his professional debut with Iowa on Oct. 10, 2008, vs. Peoria, and registered his first career point with an assist on Feb. 16, 2009, vs. Lake Erie.

2010-11: Registered two shots on goal in one game with Elmira. 2009-10: Established career-highs in goals (1), assists (12), points (13), plus/minus rating (plus-14), shots on goal (42) and penalty minutes (50) with Bakersfield. ... Notched two points (one goal, one assist), including his first professional goal, on Dec. 4 at Stockton. ... Tallied back-to-back two-assist performances on Oct. 24 vs. Victoria and Oct. 28 vs. Ontario. .. Recorded two assists and 14 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.

2007-08: Appeared in 45 career games in one season with the University of Minnesota Gophers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with a team-high, 92 penalty minutes. ... Recorded an assist on the team's lone goal in the WCHA Final Five title game against Denver. ... Helped lead Minnesota to the NCAA Regionals, where they were eliminated by the eventual champions, Boston College. ... Notched his first collegiate goal on Nov. 23 at Michigan. ... Registered an assist on the game-winning goal on Dec. 1 vs. Michigan Tech.

2006-07: Captured the 2007 Clark Cup Championship with Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League (USHL). ... Led the league in penalty minutes (215) over his 57 games. ... Ranked sixth on the team with a plus-5 rating. ... Recorded two points (one goal, one assist) on Apr. 4 vs. Waterloo. ... Tallied three assists in eight playoff contests. 2005-06: Split the season between the Southern Minnesota Express of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). ... Helped lead Southern Minnesota to the Robertson Cup Final Four. ... Ranked third on the team in penalty minutes (115). ... Tallied one assist in three games in the Buc Bowl with Green Bay (USHL). 2004-05: Made his USHL debut and skated in 13 games with Green Bay.

2003-04: Played his senior season of high-school hockey as a forward at Eden Prairie High School, finishing second on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 41 points in 28 games.

His favorite movies are Dumb and Dumber and Happy Gilmore. ... Favorite music group is the Dave Matthews Band. ... First job was docking boats on Lake Minnetonka. ... Enjoys golfing, boating and fishing. ... Single.

July 2, 2008 -- Signed with Anaheim as an undrafted free agent. Nov. 23, 2010 -- Traded by Anaheim to Rangers in exchange for Nigel Williams.


LONGEST POINT STREAK: 3 games from 12/20/11 to 12/23/11 (four assists)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 3 games from 12/20/11 to 12/23/11 (four assists)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2 on Dec. 23, 2011, vs. Philadelphia

MOST POINTS, GAME: 2 on Dec. 23, 2011, vs. Philadelphia (2 assists)

MOST PIM, GAME: 16 of Feb. 5, 2012, vs. Philadelphia

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 3 on March 19, 2012, vs. New Jersey

FIRST NHL GAME: Dec. 20, 2011 (Rangers at New Jersey)

FIRST NHL ASSIST: Dec. 20, 2011 (Rangers at New Jersey)