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2010 NHL Draft Profile: Erik Gudbranson

Wednesday, 05.19.2010 / 3:54 PM ET / 2010 NHL Draft
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2010 NHL Draft Profile: Erik Gudbranson
Leading up to the 2010 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?

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ERIK GUDBRANSON
#4 North American Skater
Kingston, OHL
 
Position: Defenseman Shoots: Right
Height: 6'4 Weight: 195
Born: 1/7/92 Born In: Ottawa, ON
   
THE SHINNY:
Known as a shutdown and nasty defenseman who will drop the gloves (think Chris Pronger), Erik Gudbranson recorded 23 points, a plus-11 rating and 68 penalty minutes in just 41 games this season.

Gudbranson is smart as they come, having won the 2009-10 Bobby Smith Trophy as the OHL's Scholastic Player of the Year (given to a player who best combines high standars of play and academic excellence).

Director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire: “Gudbranson to me is a guaranteed long-term NHLer. In my opinion, Gudbranson is another Chris Pronger-type, what he brings that (Pronger) really didn't do much of, though, is he'll fight. He is some kind of tough. Chris Pronger is mean and will hit you; Gudbranson will hit you and fight you. Pronger is three inches taller than Gudbranson, so maybe Dion Phaneuf would be an even better comparison"

Gudbranson On Gudbranson: " I seem like a nice guy now but I like playing with a real edge on the ice. I like throwing the big hits. I mean, I play the game hard. I play the game; I don't mess around when I'm on the ice and I make sure everything gets done. I'll do anything to get it done. I think I move the puck well and I have a pretty good shot from the point. And I think the edge, that's big for me."
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NHL Player: Shea Weber & Dion Phaneuf
Goal Celebration: "A little fist pump & point to the passer"
Movie: Billy Madison
Pump-Up Song: Crawl by Breaking Benjamin
Sport (other than hockey): Golf and baseball
Breakfast Food: Eggs, oatmeal and toast
Superhero: Batman


STATS:
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2008-09 Kingston OHL 63 3 19 22 69
2009-10 Kingston OHL 41 2 21 23 68

NEWS:
Gudbranson Moves Up To Top-Rated Defenseman
(4.07.10) Two years ago, NHL teams had to decide between high-skill defensemen Zach Bogosian Drew Doughty, Tyler Myers, Luke Schenn and Alex Pietrangelo at the top of the draft board. They could face a similar conundrum at this year's draft.

Erik Gudbranson, Cam Fowler, Brandon Gormley, Mark Pysyk and Derek Forbort all have NHL-caliber skills, and all five are certain to hear their names called early in the first round of the 2010 Entry Draft, June 25-26 in Los  Angeles.

Central Scouting's final ranking had Gudbranson leading the pack at No. 4, followed in order by Fowler, Gormley and Pysyk. Forbort is No. 9.

Gudbranson Has More Than Draft To Celebrate
(4.06.10) Erik Gudbranson certainly has June 25 circled on his calendar, but as important as the first day of the 2010 Entry Draft is, it won't be the high point of his summer. Not even close.

No, for Erik and his family, their big day this summer is Aug. 18. That's the day Erik's youngest brother, Dennis, will celebrate being cancer-free for five years.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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