Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Anders Eriksson
Anders Eriksson played his junior hockey in his hometown of Bollnas, Sweden until the age of 15, when he began to branch out to larger cities to better hone his skills. By 1992-93, at the age of 17, he made his debut at the Elitserien level, playing 20 games for MoDo's elite team. In 1993-94, he played three games at the junior level and 38 games in the Elitserien. In 1994-95, he joined the Elitserien ranks full time and scored nine points in 39 games. As for national representation, Eriksson first represented Sweden at the 1993 European Junior Championships. He then joined the junior team that won a silver medal at the 1994 World Junior Championships. The following year, he won a bronze medal and was a WJC tournament All-Star.

By the age of 20, Eriksson felt he was ready for the fast-paced NHL, and in 1995-96, he moved to North America and played 75 games for the Adirondack Red Wings as an AHL rookie while playing in one game with the parent club in Detroit.

Eriksson was drafted 22nd overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings and 1996-97 split his season with the Wings and the team's AHL affiliate in the AHL. In 1997-98, Eriksson secured a full-time roster spot with the Red Wings and drew praise for his +21 rating, tops among all rookies. In the playoffs, helping the Red Wings win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

Late in the 1999 season, Eriksson was traded with a first-round draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for three-time Norris Trophy winner Chris Chelios. In 72 games between the two teams, Ericksson scored 20 points and in 1999-00, established a career high 28 points.

After only 13 games into the 2000-01 season with the Blackhawks, Eriksson was traded to the Florida Panthers for Jaroslav Spacek. He went on to play 60 games for the Panthers before signing as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2001.

Eriksson went on to play two seasons in the Maple Leaf organization before joining the Columbus Blue Jackets organization in October of 2003. As a Blue Jacket, Eriksson would split his time with the club and its AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

After stops in HV 71 Jonkoping of the Swedish League and Magnitogrosk of the Russian League, Eriksson returned to North America to compete in 12 games with the Syracuse Crunch in 2005-06.

In 2006-07, Eriksson returned to the NHL and became a regular in the Columbus Blue Jacket line-up appearing in 79 games. After a single season in Columbus, the Blue Jackets opted not to resign Eriksson who found himself a new home with the Calgary Flames in July, 2007.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, Eriksson was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Miika Wiikman and a seventh round draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-1991 Bollnas IS Sweden-4
1991-92 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr.
1992-93 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 10 5 3 8 14
1992-93 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 20 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Sweden EJC-A 6 2 1 3 14
1993-94 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 38 2 8 10 42 11 0 0 0 8
1993-94 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 3 1 2 3 34
1993-94 Sweden WJC-A 7 1 3 4 10
1994-95 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 39 3 6 9 54
1994-95 Sweden WJC-A 7 3 7 10 10
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 2 +1 3 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 75 6 36 42 64 +26 3 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 23 0 6 6 10 +5
1996-97 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 44 3 25 28 36 +10 4 0 1 1 4
1997-98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 7 14 21 32 +21 18 0 5 5 16
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 61 2 10 12 34 +5
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 0 8 8 0 +6
1998-99 Sweden WC-A 10 0 3 3 14
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 3 25 28 20 +4
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 2 3 5 2 -4
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 60 0 21 21 28 +2
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 0 2 2 12 -1 10 0 0 0 0
2001-02 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 25 4 6 10 14 +3 11 0 5 5 6
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 0 0 0 0 +1
2002-03 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 72 5 34 39 133 -9
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 66 7 20 27 18 -6
2003-04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 9 1 3 4 12 -5
2004-05 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 32 1 9 10 54
2005-06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 17 2 7 9 10 11 3 2 5 16
2005-06 Springfield Falcons AHL 12 1 8 9 10 0
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 0 23 23 46 +12
2007-08 Calgary Flames NHL 61 1 17 18 36 -5 3 0 1 1 2
2008-09 Quad City Flames AHL 64 4 45 49 60 +8
2008-09 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009-10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 10 1 3 4 2 +3
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 12 0 3 3 2 0
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 2 2 0 +2
2009-10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 8 0 3 3 4 -1
2010-11 Timra IK Sweden 6 0 1 1 6
2010-11 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 25 2 10 12 46
2010-11 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden-Q 10 0 3 3 12
2011-12 Vaxjo Lakers HC Sweden 47 3 5 8 14
NHL Totals 572 22 154 176 242 36 0 6 6 18


WJC-A All-Star Team (1995) Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Detroit's 1st round picks in 1999 (Steve McCarthy) and 2001 (Adam Munro) NHL Drafts for Chris Chelios, March 23, 1999. Traded to Florida by Chicago for Jaroslav Spacek, November 6, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 4, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, October 10, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, September 16, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Jonkoping (Sweden), October 29, 2004. Signed as a fee agent by Columbus, July 1, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 5, 2007. Signed as a free agent by San Antonio (AHL), December 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, December 21, 2009. Traded to NY Rangers by Phoenix for Miika Wiikman and NY Rangers' 7th round pick (Zac Larraza) in 2011 NHL Draft, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Timra (Sweden), November 25, 2010. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), December 19, 2010.
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