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Eric Nystrom
Eric Nystrom
Left Wing  - NSH
(AIR-ihk NIGH-stuhm)
Number: 24
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 193
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 14, 1983  (Age 32)
Birthplace: Syosset, NY, United States
Drafted: CGY / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (10th overall)
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

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61