Tim Erixon

Mark Allan

2017-09-08

 

Tim Erixon, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 201

Born: 1991-2-14

Hometown: Port Chester, NY

Drafted: 2009 by Calgary Flames, 23rd Overall

 

Observations:

September 2017 – The former first-round draft pick signed a professional tryout contract with New Jersey. Unless he’s had a radical attitude adjustment, and is prepared to play much more consistently and physically, Erixon will be lucky to get a two-way contract from the Devils. He’s become a competent AHLer at best in spite of physical tools that suggest much more. Mark Allan

June 2017 – At 26, the former first-round pick has transitioned from prospect to suspect. Pittsburgh hasn’t called him up once in the two seasons it’s had him and not promoting him even once when its blueliners were savaged by injuries this season spoke volumes. Erixon’s played in 93 NHL games compared to 251 in the ‘A.’ Much too inconsistent and passive in the NHL, he’s a decent minor pro league defender, totaling 17 points and being plus-11 in 54 games this season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. About to become an RFA, he could be on the move again. Mark Allan

February 2017 – The once-promising blueliner is noodling along in the AHL with 11 points in 32 games. Pittsburgh has called up almost every other Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defender this season, including plugger Steve Oleksy. Erixon's contract expires at the end of the season and the Penguins might not offer him another. Mark Allan 

November 2016 – After a strong AHL post-season (two goals and four assists in 10 games), Erixon has one assist and is plus-2 in six games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, strengthening the suspicion he will never amount to more than a solid AHLer. Mark Allan

September 2016 – The AHL veteran/borderline NHL prospect was one of 17 players demoted to Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, where he had 20 points in 65 games last season. The former NHL first-rounder has never lived up to his perceived potential, and will again be a solid presence on the Penguins' AHL blueline. He would need at least two or three Pittsburgh defensemen to eat tainted seafood to get another chance to impress in the NHL. In spite of good size an a well-rounded game, he hasn't done it yet and there's little reason to expect he'll do it this time. Erixon must clear waivers to join WBS. If not, he could be with his fourth AHL squad. Mark Allan

June 2016 – The good news is that Erixon remains on Pittsburgh's payroll, allowing him to escape a contract purge that resulted in seven free agents not being tendered a qualifying offer. The bad news for the former first-round NHL draft pick? It's a one-year, two-way deal that pays him only $575,000 if he plays in the NHL, which he didn't all of last season. The consistently inconsistent blueliner is clinging to an NHL lifeline, but only barely. Mark Allan

June 2016 – The former first-round pick has reached the end of a contract with little to show in terms of his NHL marketability. About to become an RFA, he's coming off a season in which he consistently watched other Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blueliners promoted to the NHL Penguins. The veteran of three AHL squads had a decent minor-pro campaign with three goals, 20 points, plus-14 and 44 PIMs. Rising to the occasion in the Calder Cup playoffs, the veteran tapped into his extensive international experience playing for Sweden with two goals and four assists in 10 games with the WBS Penguins. He's established himself as an all-around talent and a solid AHLer. To what kind of free-agent contract offer might this lead? Mark Allan

January 2016 – It's about time to forget