NHL PLAYER, Erik Gudbranson
Born Jan 07, 1992 -- Orleans, Ontario, Canada
Selected by Florida Panthers round 1 #3 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Erik Gudbranson (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. He was selected third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Gudbranson grew up playing minor hockey for the Gloucester Rangers AA rep teams in the ODHA before playing AAA Minor Midget in the OEMHL with the Ottawa Jr. 67's.
Gudbranson was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs in the first round, fourth overall in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.
In his rookie season with Kingston in 2008–09, Gudbranson had three goals and 22 points in 63 games with the rebuilding Frontenacs, who failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Gudbranson then missed 27 games due to mononucleosis in the 2009–10 season, as he appeared in 41 games with the Frontenacs, scoring two goals and 23 points. In the playoffs, Gudbranson had a goal and two assists in seven games as Kingston lost to the Brampton Battalion in the first round of the playoffs. After the season, Gudbranson was awarded the Bobby Smith Trophy, which is an award that is named to the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year.
Gudbranson made the Florida Panthers team for the 2011-12 NHL season and made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders on October 8, 2011. He picked up his first point of his NHL career on December 2, 2011, against the Los Angeles Kings with an assist. Gudbranson scored his first NHL goal on December 11, 2011 in a 6-1 loss against the New York Rangers.
Following two more seasons with the Panthers, Gudbranson was traded along with a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Jared McCann, a second, and a fourth round pick, all from 2016.
Gudbranson joined the Vancouver Canucks for the 2016–17 season. He appeared in his first game with the Canucks on October 15, receiving 18:42 of ice time in a 2–1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames. On October 18, 2016, Gudbranson recorded his first point with the Canucks, an assist on a goal by Bo Horvat, in a 2–1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Gudbranson scored his first goal with Vancouver on December 8 in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring against Ben Bishop in a 5–1 victory.
On June 15, 2017, Gudbranson signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract extension with the Canucks for the 2017–18 season.
On February 20, 2018, Gudbranson signed a three-year contract extension with the Canucks.
After playing in 57 games for Vancouver, and recording 8 points, Gudbranson was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 25, 2019, in exchange for Tanner Pearson.
On October 25, 2019, Gudbranson was traded by Pittsburgh to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andreas Martinsen and a 2020 seventh-round pick.
Gudbranson re-signs with Vancouver for one year June 16, 2017
Erik Gudbranson signed a one-year contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, worth an estimated $3,500,000. Drafted 3rd overall by the Florida Panthers in 2010, the 25-year-old defenseman will be entering his 7th NHL season in 2017.
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Gudbranson traded to Canucks May 27, 2016
Erik Gudbranson was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, in exchange for Jared McCann and two picks in the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 24-year-old defenseman had solidified his role on the Florida Panthers this past season as a gritty, defensive defenseman who excels at killing penalties. In 2015-16, the Ottawa-native tallied 9 points in 64 games, with a plus/minus rating of +3.
For more on Gudbranson, check out the cbc.ca story here.