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Erik Christensen
Erik Christensen
Center
(KRIHS-tehn-suhn, AIR-ihk)
Number: 16
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 17, 1983
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Drafted: PIT / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (69th overall)

Erik Christensen enjoyed a solid year in his second NHL season with the Penguins. He tallied 33 points (18+15) in 61 games to finish in the top 10 in team scoring.

The 23-year-old shined in the overtime shootout this season. He led the Penguins as he converted 8 of 14 shootout attempts (57.1%) in 2006-07. It gave him a career mark of 9 for 15 (60.0%), which is the best of any player in Penguins history.

Christensen played 16 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL in 2006-07. Upon his recall to Pittsburgh on Nov. 22, he led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points through 16 games. At that time, he was tied for fifth in the league in goals, sixth in points and is first in game-winning goals (3).

 

2005-06: Erik Christensen was another promising rookie for the Penguins in 2005-06. The fundamentally-sound Christensen had 13 points (6+7) in 33 games with the Penguins during his rookie campaign.

After a hot start in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he maintained his high level of play and averaged nearly a point per game with the Baby Penguins. He racked up 46 points (24+22) in 48 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He added four more points (2+2) in the playoffs for the Baby Penguins.

2004-05:  Recorded 27 points (14+13) and 33 penalty minutes in first pro season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)…Tied for first in AHL with five shootout goals during the regular season…Made pro debut Oct. 13 vs. Manitoba…Ranked fourth on the team in scoring during the playoffs, recording seven points (1+6) in 11 games

2003-04: Led Brandon (WHL) in playoff scoring and goals…Recorded 12 points (8+4) in 11 playoff games…Led the team with six power-play goals during the playoffs and tied for fifth in assists…Ranked sixth on the team in scoring during the regular season and ranked fifth in goals despite playing in only 34 games…Traded from Kamloops (WHL) on Jan. 1, 2004

2002-03:  Led Kamloops in goals (54), assists (54), points (108), power-play goals (18) and was tied for first with two short-handed goals…Received the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s leading scorer…Led the WHL in goals, ranked seventh in assists, tied for sixth in power-play goals and was tied for second in the WHL with 10 game-winning goals…Ranked first on the team in playoff scoring with eight points (1+7) in six games

Career:  Played four seasons in Kamloops, 1999-2003, recording 224 points (106+118) and 205 penalty minutes in 275 games

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