VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 18: Goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers is congratulated by teammate Tim Erixon #53 after shutting out the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action on October 18, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Let's take a look at what Erixon did this past season:
- Erixon started the year with the New York Rangers, playing in 13 games averaging just about 15 minutes of ice time. For the most part Erixon looked a little over his head, but still had some flashes of brilliance. It seemed like he was trying to do too much with the puck and eventually he was sent down for seasoning at the AHL.
- With the Connecticut Whale Erixon appeared in 52 games scoring three goals and 30 assists for 33 points. It was down in the AHL where Erixon truly started opening up eyes. Erixon was a monster in the AHL, showing poise and confidence with the puck and honing the offensive side of his game in impressive fashion.
- His play in the AHL -- mixed with some concern over the Rangers' defensive corps at the time -- earned him a five-game stint with the big club right before the playoffs. This time around Erixon was much more comfortable, made some fantastic defensive plays and recorded an assist in each of his final two games for the Rangers. His play was very solid, although it wasn't enough to let John Tortorella keep him in the lineup for the playoffs.
- So Erixon played in the AHL playoffs, where he recorded four assists in nine playoff games and again showed he can be a big-time defender for the Rangers.