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Duck Acquire Christensen from Atlanta

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have acquired center Erik Christensen from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for center Eric O’Dell.

Christensen, 25 (12/17/83), appeared in 47 games for Atlanta this season, scoring 5-14=19 points with 14 penalty minutes (PIM). Christensen ranked second among team leaders in faceoff percentage (54.6%; 233-for-427) and third in faceoffs won. The 6-1, 205-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta averaged 14:16 time on ice (TOI) and 17.1 shifts-per-game with the Thrashers this season.

Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (69th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Christensen was acquired by Atlanta with Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and a first-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (Daultan Leveille) in exchange for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis on Feb. 26, 2008. In 200 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Atlanta, Christensen has recorded 40-49=89 points with 104 PIM.

O’Dell, 18 (6/21/90), has appeared in 59 games for Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, scoring 30-29=59 points with 51 PIM. A 6-0, 177-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario, O’Dell represented the Eastern Conference at the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic, scoring one goal. In 2007-08, O’Dell played in 28 games for Sudbury, leading team rookies and finishing fifth overall in scoring with 14-18=32 points.

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