A week after being released by KHL squad HC Lev Praha, Erik Christensen has signed with Swedish team HV71.

Christensen was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (69th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. During the next ten years, he bounced around teh Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild before finally deciding upon Lev Praha last season. Christensen recorded 23 points in 50 games with Lev, but only 2 in twelve games this year and was released last week.

Christiensen proved that he had great skill, however, like former NHL forward Robbie Schremp, he just wasn’t well rounded enough to succeed in the National Hockey League. I could see him coming back to the NHL on a 2-way deal in an AHL veteran/call up role up four or five years from now, but I think we won’t ever see him back as an NHL regular.

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About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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