Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Erik Gudbranson
Erik Gudbranson was born on January 7, 1992 in Orleans, Ontario. A standout defender from a young age, he was selected fourth overall in the 2008 OHL priority draft by the Kingston Frontenacs. In Kingston, Gudbranson continued to excel and he quickly became regarded as one of the top defenders in the Ontario Hockey League.

On the international stage, Gudbranson was selected to join the Canadian team at the 2011 World Junior Championships and helped lead Canada to the silver medal.

Gudbranson was selected third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and accomplished a rare feat, for a defenseman especially, when made the jump directly from junior to the NHL for the 2011-12 season. He would make his professional debut for the Panthers on opening night (October 8, 2011) and go on to appear in 72 games for the club, recording two goals and six assists to go along with 78 penalty minutes.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2007-08 Ottawa Jr. 67's Minor-ON 70 15 40 55 118
2008-09 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 63 3 19 22 69 -16
2008-09 Canada WJ18-A 6 1 3 4 0 +5
2009-10 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 41 2 21 23 68 +11 7 1 2 3 6
2009-10 Canada WJ18-A 6 0 1 1 4 +2
2010-11 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 44 12 22 34 105 -1 5 1 3 4 10
2010-11 Canada WJC-A 7 3 2 5 4 +8
2011-12 Florida Panthers NHL 72 2 6 8 78 -19 7 0 0 0 8
2012-13 San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 0 0 2 +2
2012-13 Florida Panthers NHL 32 0 4 4 47 -22
2013-14 Florida Panthers NHL 65 3 6 9 114 -7
2013-14 Canada WC-A 7 1 0 1 6 +6
2014-15 Florida Panthers NHL 76 4 9 13 58 -4
2015-16 Florida Panthers NHL 64 2 7 9 49 +3 6 0 0 0 2
2016-17 Vancouver Canucks NHL 30 1 5 6 18 -14
NHL Totals 339 12 37 49 364 13 0 0 0 10


Traded to Vancouver by Florida with NY Islanders' 5th round pick (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Cole Candella) in 2016 NHL Draft for Jared McCann, Vancouver's 2nd (later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Rasmus Asplund) and 4th (Jonathan Ang) round picks in 2016 NHL Draft, May 25, 2016. Missed majority of 2016-17 due to recurring wrist injury and resulting surgery.
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