It had been only a couple of seasons since 8th year center Erik Christiansen(40) played in the AHL, but before that it had been a few years when he appeared in 16 games with the affiliate of the team he was originally drafted and signed by, Pittsburgh Penguins (3rd round of 2002, #69 overall).
His only full season in the minors was his rookie campaign in 2004/2005, the year of the NHL lockout.
After many healthy scratches, he was finally demoted to Connecticut Whale on a “conditioning stint”.
In 5 games he scored a pair of goals and added an assist.
Looking to add some punch to their now struggling team, Minnesota Wild stepped in and gave up a prospect for some help up front they hope will pay immediate dividends.
He’s played 359 NHL games scoring 62 goals and 94 assists.
We shall see. . .