The Kings agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on Sunday – a 10 year NHL veteran who has spent time with four different clubs throughout his career.
Ehrhoff, a left-handed shooting defenseman, was selected 106th overall in the 4th round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. A native of Moers, Germany, Ehrhoff was just the 17th player from his country to play in the NHL.
Standing in at 6’2”, 203 lbs, Ehrhoff spent time in the German Elite League before joining the Sharks’ system in 2003-’04, a season where he made his NHL debut, playing in 41 games, registering 12 points (1G, 11A).
San Jose Sharks (2003 - 2009)
Ehrhoff spent five seasons with San Jose from 2003-2009, appearing in 341 games, amassing 132 points in the form of 25 goals and 107 assists. San Jose qualified for the playoffs in Ehrhoff’s final four seasons; he played in 38 postseason games, posting 15 points (2G, 13A).
Vancouver Canucks (2009 - 2011)
After the 2008-’09 campaign, Ehrhoff was dealt to Vancouver, where he would spend two seasons. Ehrhoff’s two years with the Canucks were his best offensively; he recorded 94 points (36G, 66A) in 139 games played. Ehrhoff recorded his career-high in points scored with 50 during the 2010-’11 season. Vancouver made playoff appearances in both seasons Ehrhoff was with the club – he totaled 19 points (5G, 14A) in his 35 postseason games played.
Ehrhoff reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 with Vancouver, where they fell to the Boston Bruins in seven games – the 33 year old defenseman hasn’t been back to the NHL playoffs since.
New York Islanders (June 28-29, 2011)
Vancouver shipped Ehrhoff to the New York Islanders following the 2010-’11 campaign, but his time with the club would last just one day when both sides were unable to agree on a contract. The Islanders, just 24 hours after acquiring the defenseman, dealt him to the Buffalo Sabres – where he would spend his next three seasons.
Buffalo Sabres (2011 - 2014)
With Buffalo, from 2011 through 2014, Ehrhoff appeared in 192 games – racking up 87 points in the form of 16 goals and 71 assists. Ehrhoff signed a 10-year, $40 million contract with Buffalo in 2011, but both sides agreed to a contract buyout on June 29, 2014 - days before he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh Penguins (2014 - 2015)
Ehrhoff spent the 2014-’15 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but his season was cut short due to a concussion, which forced him to miss 33 of the team’s final 39 games. In 49 games played, Ehrhoff recorded 14 points (3G, 11A).
Ehrhoff has been in the NHL's Top-10 in four different defensive statistic categories in three separate seasons:
2nd (Tied) Regular Season Games Played: 82 (2006-’07)
5th Plus/Minus: 36 (2009-’10)
8th Goals On-Ice For: 123 (2010-’11)
10th PP Goals On-Ice For: 51 (2010-’11)
Ehrhoff has represented his native country Germany in the Olympics on three separate occasions; 2002, 2006, and 2010 - he played in all 16 games with his country during those years, scoring one goal. Ehrhoff has also represented Germany once in the World Cup (2005) and five times in the World Championships (2002, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2013). During the lockout-shortened 2012-'13 season, Ehrhoff played for Krefeld Pinguine of the German Elite League, posting 26 points (8G, 18A) in 32 games played.