|Born|| January 7 1992,|
Orleans, Ontario, Canada
| 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
| NHL team|
| Vancouver Canucks|
|NHL Draft|| 3rd overall, 2010|
Erik Gudbranson (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). 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.
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. He recorded his first career OHL point, getting two assists in a 6-2 loss to the Belleville Bulls on October 1. Gudbranson scored his first career OHL goal on January 23 against Jaroslav Janus of the Erie Otters in a 6-5 overtime loss.
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, an award given to the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year.
Gudbranson returned to Kingston for the 2010-11 season, where he saw a big improvement in his offensive numbers. Gudbranson scored 12 goals and 34 points in 44 games with Kingston, helping the club to the post-season. In the playoffs, Gudbranson had a goal and four points in five games as the Frontenacs lost to the Oshawa Generals in the first round.
Gudbranson made the Florida Panthers team for the 2011–12 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. He scored his first NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers during a 6–1 loss on December 11, 2011. At the end of the season, Gudbranson had two goals and eight points in 72 games, helping the Panthers reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1999–2000 season. In the post-season, Gudbranson was held pointless in seven games as Florida lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.
In the 2013–14 season, Gudbranson appeared in 65 games, scoring three goals and providing six assists. His defensive partner for the majority of the season was captain Ed Jovanovski, though he also spent time partnered with Dylan Olsen.
During the 2014-15 season, Gudbranson played in 76 games, scoring four goals and 13 points, both career highs, however, the Panthers failed to qualify for the post-season for the third consecutive season.
Gudbranson played in 64 games in the 2015-16 season, scoring two goals and nine points, helping Florida into the playoffs for the first time since 2012. During the playoffs, Gudbranson was held off the score sheet in six games, as Florida lost to the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.
Gudbranson joined the Vancouver Canucks for the 2016–17 season. He appeared in his first game with the Canucks on October 15, getting no points in 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 December 19, Gudbranson underwent season-ending wrist surgery.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
Gudbranson was invited to take part in Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp. Gudbranson was eventually named to the team. He helped Canada win the silver medal in the World Juniors Championship in 2010/2011.
Gudbranson's younger brother Alex was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs in the first round of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Alex currently plays with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Gudbranson's youngest brother, Dennis is a leukemia survivor.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2007–08||Ottawa Jr. 67's Min. Midg. AAA||OEMHL||70||15||40||55||118||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||2||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- Erik Gudbranson's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Erik Gudbranson's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Erik Gudbranson player profile on the Ontario Hockey League site
|Awards and achievements|
|Florida Panthers first round draft pick|
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