Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
Eric Nystrom
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EricNystrom
POSITION: Left Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 193
BIRTHDATE: 02/14/1983
AGE: 31
BIRTHPLACE: Syosset, NY, USA
DRAFTED: CGY: 2002-10 overall
Son of Bob CCHA All-Rookie Team (2002) Missed majority of 2006-07 due to pre-season shoulder injury. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2010. Traded to Dallas by Minnesota for future considerations, October 12, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Stavanger (Norway), November 30, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 5, 2013.
2013-14: Tied a career high in points (21) and was one shy of a career high in goals (15) during his first season with Nashville… Ranked second on the team and led club forwards in hits (154)… Set a career high in average ice time (14:51), with 1:50 of it coming while shorthanded, third among club forwards… Tied for third on the club in games played, and ranked fourth in even-strength goals (14)… Ranked second on the team in road goals (11)… Notched the first four-goal performance in franchise history on Jan. 24, 2014 at Calgary. All four goals were scored at even strength, with one coming in both the first and third periods, and a pair in the second frame… Tallied his 100th career point with a goal on March 10 at Ottawa… Scored one of Nashville’s two shorthanded goals on Oct. 20 at Winnipeg… His first goal as a Predator was the ninth penalty-shot goal in franchise history, and his only game winner of the season, on Oct. 8, 2013 vs. Minnesota.

CAREER NOTES:
Tied for fifth on the Dallas Stars in goals (7) while appearing in all 48 of the team's 2012-13 games... Ranked third on the 2012-13 Stars in both penalty minutes (61) and hits (122)… Tied for the 2012-13 team lead in game-winning goals (3), and scored one of the Stars' two shorthanded goals... Played his 400th career NHL game on April 12, 2013 at Nashville… Started the 2012-13 season with the Stavanger Oilers (Norway), posting 14 points (4g-10a) in six games… Set a career high in goals (16) and points (21) during with Dallas in 2011-12… All 16 of his goals in 2011-12 came at even strength, the third-most of any NHLer with no special-teams markers… Ranked second among Dallas forwards in hits (176) and shooting percentage (15.7) in 2011-12, both career highs… Tied a career high by playing all 82 games in his only season with the Minnesota Wild in 2010-11… Ranked second among Minnesota skaters in hits (169) in 2010-11... Set career highs in games played (82) and blocked shots (51) in his final season with Calgary in 2009-10… Ranked fourth on the 2009-10 Flames in even-strength goals (11)… Made his World Championship debut for Team USA in 2010, appearing in all six of the nation’s games… Played his first full season at the NHL level in 2008-09, ranking fourth on the Flames in penalty minutes (89)… Three of his five goals in 2008-09 were game winners… Tied for first on the Flames in goals (3), and tied for second on the team in points (4) during the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs... Scored his first career playoff goal as part of a 4-2 win in Game Three of the 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago (April 20). Scored the game-winning goal at 13:04 of the third period and notched a pair of assists 48 hours later in Game Four… Spent the majority of the 2007-08 season with Quad City (AHL), being recalled to Calgary on two occasions (Oct. 21 and Feb. 28)… Recorded his first two NHL assists on Nov. 17, 2007 at Edmonton... Notched four points (2g-2a) in the 2007-08 season finale on April 5 at Calgary, nearly doubling the point production from his first 45 NHL games (1g-5a)… Made his playoff debut on April 9, 2008 at San Jose and played in all seven of the Flames’ Western Conference Quarterfinal games… Missed the majority of the 2006-07 season due to injury… Played his first pro season with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (AHL) in 2005-06, ranking fifth on the team in both goals (tie, 15) and points (33)… Appeared in his first two NHL contests on Oct. 10 and 13, 2005.

AMATEUR:
Amassed 110 points (56g-54a) and 149 penalty minutes in 160 games at the University of Michigan from 2001-05. During his time there, UM won three CCHA titles (2002, 2003 and 2005) and advanced to a pair of Frozen Fours (2002 and 2003)…  Captained the Wolverines during his senior season in 2004-05… Named the CCHA's top defensive forward in 2004-05... An alternate captain during his junior campaign in 2003-04… Represented the United States at both the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships... Named to the 2002 CCHA All-Rookie Team after tying for the NCAA lead in goals among freshmen (18)… Spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in 1999-2000 and 2000-01... Played for Team USA at the 2001 Under-18 World Championships and 2000 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

BACKGROUND:
His father, Bob Nystrom, played in the NHL for 14 years with NY Islanders and helped the team claim four Stanley Cup titles. His No. 23 is retired by the franchise… Favorites include Tiesto (musician), Pavel Datsyuk (player to watch), Goodfellas (movie) and Jason Statham (actor)… His first job was as a golf caddie for his first job… Middle name is Thore… His worst fear is being bitten by a shark, and considers a wolverine to be his spirit animal.

TRANSACTIONS:  July 5, 2013 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… Oct. 12, 2011 – Acquired by Dallas from Minnesota for future considerations… July 1, 2010 – Signed as a free agent by Minnesota… June 22, 2002 – Calgary's first selection, 10th overall (first round), in the 2002 Entry Draft