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Erik Gudbranson | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/7/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 216
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Erik Gudbranson recorded an assist in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win against San Jose.
His power-play helper on Nick Bjugstad's second goal of the game ended an eight-game pointless skid. Nov 21 - 8:47 AM

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Erik Gudbranson kicked his season off with a bang, opening the scoring in Thursday night's game with Tampa Bay.

Derek McKenzie won the offensive draw and Dylan Olsen slid it over to Guddy who one-timed it through traffic and under Ben Bishops left armpit. Just how they draw it up on the whiteboard. He skated just under 14 minutes, including 2:41 on the kill.
Oct 10 - 3:00 AM

The Florida Panthers have signed Erik Gudbranson to a two-year extension.

The financial terms of Gudbranson's agreement weren't immediately known. He had nine points and 114 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Panthers last season. "Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed," said Panthers GM Dale 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."
Jul 10 - 11:43 AM

Erik Gudbranson scored a goal for Canada in a 3-2 overtime loss to France on Friday at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

It was a go-ahead goal halfway through the third period that was set up by Colorado's Nathan McKinnon. Of course the French later tied the game and won it in overtime on goal by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in a shootout.
Source: IIHF.com
May 10 - 10:32 AM

Erik Gudbranson will represent Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in May.

In 66 games this season, he earned nine points and 114 penalty minutes for the Florida Panthers.
Apr 19 - 9:42 AM

Erik Gudbranson scored for the third time this season in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.

He got Florida on the board early in the third period with a wrist shot from the point. He also had a minus-3 rating and four shots. Gudbranson has a goal and an assist in his last two games, but he's registered just nine points this year.
Apr 9 - 8:04 AM

Florida GM Dale Tallon sees Erik Gudbranson as captain material.

Tallon told an Ottawa radio station recently that Gudbranson "is likely going to be the captain of our team some day." The 22-year-old defenseman was honored to hear that, but he knows he still has plenty of room for improvement before it can become a reality. "Those are great words to hear from Dale. That was pretty cool, but to me it's just about what you do on the ice, it's what you do in the dressing room," said Gudbranson. "I think it starts now. The environment here needs to change. We need to become winners here. I think for these last nine games pushing ourselves to the limit and going out and playing well, playing hard, playing together, is going to be a huge factor for next year." His 2013-14 campaign has been mired by injuries that have limited him to 56 appearances. Gudbranson plays a rugged style but his offensive game still leaves a lot to be desired.
Mar 27 - 9:49 AM

Florida interim coach Peter Horachek thinks Eric Gudbranson (knee) should be available for Thursday's game against Carolina.

That would make his return much earlier than originally expected. Gudbranson participated in Tuesday's morning skate and he's been sidelined since Mar. 9 with a knee ailment.
Mar 26 - 7:26 AM

The Florida Panthers have no interest in trading Erik Gudbranson or otherwise letting him leave over the summer.

Gudbranson is scheduled to become a restricted free agent and it sounds like the Panthers might attempt to lock him up to a long-term deal. "He is likely going to be the captain of our team some day," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. Gudbranson has seven points and 93 penalty minutes in 56 games this season.
Mar 18 - 4:54 PM

Erik Gudbranson (knee) is expected be sidelined for "more than a week," according to interim bench boss Peter Horachek.

X-rays came back negative but he's still going to miss a fair amount of time after he was hurt Sunday in a collision with the Boston winger Brad Marchand. Mike Mottau was brought up from the minors on Tuesday and he played against Phoenix in Gudbranson's place.
Mar 12 - 8:08 AM

Erik Gudbranson (knee) was reportedly seen on crutches after Sunday's game.

He suffered a knee injury after he collided with Boston's Brad Marchand early in the third period. The extent of the damage is unclear at this time, but the Panthers are expected to call someone up from the minors at some point to replace him.
Mar 11 - 8:39 AM

Erik Gudbranson sustained a lower-body injury in Florida's loss against Boston on Sunday.

He was injured early in the third period after a collision with Bruins winger Brad Marchand and he wasn't able to return. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 10 - 10:12 AM

Erik Gudbranson will be able to play in Thursday's game without the protective cage he has been forced to wear since breaking an orbital bone in December.

Believe it or not, one of the reasons advanced for Gudbranson's poor play the last month that has led to multiple healthy scratches has been the fact that he was wearing a cage on his helmet. Now tha the cage is off we will see if that makes any difference in Gudbranson's play. We're skeptical.
Feb 22 - 10:23 AM

Erik Gudbranson feels he learned some things about the Panthers from sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch for three straight games.

"From the couple of games I watched, I think we played a little bit on the perimeter," Gudbranson said. "It's easy for me to say — I wasn't playing the games — but when we're good we're creating scrambles in front of the net, when we're attacking the net, cutting through seams, creating space on the ice, moving our feet and we're going to the net and being in those dirty areas." He logged nearly 19 minutes of ice time and recorded four shots in his return to the lineup on Saturday.
Feb 4 - 7:31 AM

One of the reasons Erik Gudbranson had been playing poorly which led to his ultimate benching is that he was wearing a cage to protect his orbital bone and it was affecting his sight lines.

Gudbranson, who has been a healthy scratch for the Panthers' last three games, has discarded the cage for a clear visor which may help his game. That said, Florida coach Peter Horacek was clear on what he needs from the young defenseman to put him back in the lineup. "Erik needs to improve his game and knows he is part of our future," Horachek said. "This is part of the process for all young players. I think the cage affected him. ... He's a big part of us moving forward." Gudbranson is expected back in the lineup against Columbus Saturday night.
Feb 1 - 11:38 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Dave Bolland
3Aleksander Barkov
4Vincent Trocheck
5Derek MacKenzie
6Brandon Pirri
LW1Jussi Jokinen
2Jonathan Huberdeau
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Sean Bergenheim
RW1Brad Boyes
2Scottie Upshall
3Tomas Kopecky
4Shawn Thornton
5Jimmy Hayes
D1Brian Campbell
2Dmitry Kulikov
3Erik Gudbranson
4Willie Mitchell
5Dylan Olsen
6Aaron Ekblad
7Jesse Blacker
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya