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D Erik Gudbranson Inks Two-Year Contract with Florida Panthers

Thursday, 07.10.2014 / 10:07 AM ET / News
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D Erik Gudbranson Inks Two-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with D Erik Gudbranson.
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with D Erik Gudbranson.
 
“Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed,” said Tallon. “He is a big, strong and physical defenseman who is one of the building blocks for our team. We look forward to his continued development and his contributions to the South Florida community.”
 
Gudbranson, 22, was drafted by Florida with their first choice (third overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. For his career in the National Hockey League, he has played in 169 games with the Panthers (2011-2014), registering 21 points (5-16-21) and 239 penalty minutes.  The 6-foot-5, 216-pound defenseman played in 65 games with the Panthers during the 2013-2014 season, recording three goals with six assists and 114 penalty minutes.
 
The Ottawa, Ontario native, most recently played for Team Canada at the 2014 World Championship. He also represented Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship, where he won a silver medal.
 
In recognition of his community outreach efforts, Gudbranson was named the team’s 2013-2014 Community Ambassador of the Year, as well as the club’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (awarded to the player in the NHL  who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on- and off- the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community).
 
In conjunction with the Florida Panthers Foundation, Gudbranson purchased a suite at BB&T Center during the 2013-2014 season to host children and their families who were impacted by pediatric cancer. Gudbranson was also involved with several of the team’s community initiatives this season, including the team’s Movember campaign and holiday hospital visits.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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