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Anders Eriksson
Anders Eriksson
Defenseman
Number: 8
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 224
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 9, 1975
Birthplace: Bollnas, Sweden
Drafted: DET / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (22nd overall)
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 plus-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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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