Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- James Wisniewski
James Wisniewski was born February 21, 1984 in Canton, Michigan. The fifth round, 156th overall selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Wisniewski is a graduate of the OHL's Plymouth Whalers.

A sound defenseman, Wisniewski played four seasons with the Whalers registering 187 points (52-135-187) while capturing numerous honours including; OHL First All-Rookie Team (2002), OHL All-Scholastic Team (2003-2004), CHL Most Outstanding Defenseman (2004) and CHL First All-Star Team (2004).

Following an impressive junior career, the Canton, MI native joined the AHL's Norfolk Admirals in 2004-05 and continued to hone his skills with the Hawks' AHL affiliate before seeing his first NHL action just prior to the 2006 Olympic break.

On the international stage, Wisniewski has won a gold medal at every major international junior tournament while skating for the United States. He captured gold at the World Under-17 Challenge (2001), the Under-18 World Junior Championship (2002) and the Under-20 World Junior Championship (2004). He made his first appearance in the World Championships in 2008 representing Team USA.

After parts of four seasons in Chicago, Wisniewski was sent to the Anaheim Ducks as part of a deadline day trade (March 4, 2009) that saw Sami Pahlsson go the other way.

Following the 2009-10 season Wisniewski was dealt by the Ducks to the New York Islanders in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

On December 28, 2010 Wisniewski was on the move again. This time traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for second-round pick in the 2011 draft and conditional 5th round pick in 2012.

After finishing the season with the Canadiens, Wisniewski's rights were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fifth round draft pick. After the trade he signed a six year contract with the Blue Jackets.

Wisniewski played four seasons in Columbus when he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson, and a second round draft pick at the 2015 trade deadline.

At the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Wisniewski was traded once again to the Carolina Hurricanes for Anton Khudobin.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 50 5 11 16 67 5 0 3 3 4
2000-01 Plymouth Whalers OHL 53 6 23 29 72 +20 19 3 10 13 34
2001-02 Plymouth Whalers OHL 62 11 25 36 100 +39 6 1 2 3 6
2001-02 United States WJ18-A 3 1 2 3 6 +5
2002-03 Plymouth Whalers OHL 52 18 34 52 60 +35 18 2 10 12 14
2002-03 United States WJC-A 7 0 4 4 6 -1
2003-04 Plymouth Whalers OHL 50 17 53 70 63 +31 9 3 7 10 8
2003-04 United States WJC-A 6 1 3 4 4 +5
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 66 7 18 25 110 +4 5 1 3 4 2
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 19 2 5 7 36 0
2005-06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 61 7 28 35 67 +4 4 1 2 3 6
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 50 2 8 10 39 +3
2006-07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 10 0 6 6 8 +5
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 7 19 26 103 +12
2007-08 United States WC-A 6 1 2 3 6 +2
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 31 2 11 13 14 +6
2008-09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 2 3 1 4 0 +4
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 17 1 10 11 16 +3 12 1 2 3 10
2009-10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 69 3 27 30 56 -5
2010-11 New York Islanders NHL 32 3 18 21 18 -18
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 7 23 30 20 +4 6 0 2 2 7
2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 48 6 21 27 37 -13
2012-13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 30 5 9 14 15 -1
2013-14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 75 7 44 51 61 0 6 0 2 2 10
2014-15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 56 8 21 29 34 -10
2014-15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 13 0 5 5 10 -3
2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2016-17 Admiral Vladivostok KHL 16 1 3 4 39
2016-17 Chicago Wolves AHL 21 4 7 11 30 +10 5 0 2 2 0
NHL Totals 552 53 221 274 459 24 1 6 7 27


OHL First All-Star Team (2004) OHL Defenseman of the Year (2004) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2004) Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year (2004) Traded to Anaheim by Chicago with Petri Kontiola for Samuel Pahlsson, Logan Stephenson and future considerations, March 4, 2009. Traded to NY Islanders by Anaheim for NY Islanders' 3rd round pick (Joseph Cramarossa) in 2011 NHL Draft, July 30, 2010. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders for Montreal's 2nd round compensatory pick (Johan Sundstrom) in 2011 NHL Draft, December 28, 2010. Traded to Columbus by Montreal for Columbus' 5th round pick (Charles Hudson) in 2012 NHL Draft, June 29, 2011. Traded to Anaheim by Columbus with Detroit's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Anaheim selected Brent Gates) in 2015 NHL Draft for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and Anaheim's 2nd round pick (Kevin Stenlund) in 2015 NHL Draft, March 2, 2015. Traded to Carolina by Anaheim for Anton Khudobin, June 27, 2015. MIssed majority of 2015-16 due to knee injury at Nashville, October 8, 2015. Signed as a free agent by Vladivostok (KHL), October 29, 2016. Signed as a free agent by Chicago (AHL), January 27, 2017. Signed as a free agent by Kloten (Swiss), May 26, 2017.
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