Born January 7, 1992 in Orleans, Ontario, Canada
Defenseman for the Florida Panthers
I didn’t realize he had a birthday last week, so let’s give him a belated profile! Erik began playing hockey with the Gloucester Rangers midget team and continued with the Ottawa Jr. 67’s till the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL came calling. They picked him fourth in the 2008 OHL Priority Draft, and in his rookie season he had 3 goals and 19 assists even though the team didn’t make it to the postseason (FYI his brother Alex was picked by Kingston in the 2010 OHL draft, so perhaps he’s following in his brother’s footsteps).
In the 2009-10 season, he missed 27 games when he came down with mono (yuck), but he still managed to play 41 games and score 23 points before the Brampton Battalion knocked them out of the playoffs. And after all that, he was named OHL Scholastic Player of the Year! Of course, 2010 was also the year the Florida Panthers picked him third overall, after two losers whose names escape me (just kidding, it was Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin). He played one more year in the OHL before heading to Panthers training camp in 2011, and he made the team from there. He scored his first NHL point with an assist against the Los Angeles Kings, and his first goal came on December 11, 2011 against the New York Rangers. Even though that’s only half of the four points he has so far this season, he’ll no doubt add more to that before April.