Nicolas Blanchard
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 05/31/1987
DRAFTED: CAR: 2005-192 overall
2012-13 SEASON
Appeared in his first NHL season with the Hurricanes, totaling 20 penalty minutes in nine games played… His four fighting majors ranked tied for second on the team… Earned nine points (4g, 5a) and led Charlotte with 124 penalty minutes in 61 games on the American Hockey League (AHL) level… Led the Checkers in penalty minutes, marking his fifth consecutive season with more than 100 penalty minutes… Was also his fifth season as an alternate captain for Charlotte… Missed nine AHL games due to injury (1/4-1/23)… Recalled from Charlotte on 4/10 and made his NHL debut at WSH (4/11), sparring with Matt Hendricks in his first NHL fight… Dropped the gloves in each of his first three NHL games, also battling Gregory Campbell vs. BOS (4/13) and Zack Smith at OTT (4/16)… Sparred with B.J. Crombeen in the second period at TB (4/21)… Returned to Charlotte at the end of the NHL season, and earned one point (0g, 1a) in three Calder Cup playoff games as the Checkers fell to Oklahoma City in the first round.

Is in his second NHL season with Carolina and his seventh full professional season… Signed a two-year, two-way contract with Carolina on 5/21/12… Had 115 points (54g, 61a) and 703 penalty minutes in 403 career regular-season American Hockey League (AHL) games heading into 2013-14… Scored 50 goals and earned 90 assists (140 points) in 191 regular-season games over three seasons with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2004-2007.

2004-05: Totaled 39 points (13g, 26a) in 69 games during his rookie season in the QMJHL with Chicoutimi… Earned four points (2g, 2a) in 17 QMJHL playoff games as Chicoutimi advanced to the QMJHL semifinals before falling to Sidney Crosby and Rimouski.

2005-06: Netted 15 goals and had 29 assists (44 points) in 60 games for Chicoutimi… Earned three points (1g, 2a) in nine playoff games as Chicoutimi reached the second round.

2006-07: Posted 22 goals and 35 assists (57 points) in 62 games during his final junior season with Chicoutimi… Joined Albany (AHL) at the conclusion of his junior season and made his professional debut on 4/4… Notched his first AHL goal with the River Rats on 4/11… Made his professional playoff debut, skating in all five of Albany's playoff games vs. Hershey.

2007-08: Completed his first full professional season with Albany (AHL) in 2007-08, notching 23 points (11g, 12a) in 64 games… Ranked tied for sixth on the team in goals (11)… Earned two assists in seven Calder Cup playoff games as Albany fell in seven games to Philadelphia.

2008-09: Totaled 19 points (7g, 12a) in 55 games for the River Rats before having his season cut short when he suffered an injury in Albany’s bus crash on 2/19… Ranked tied for third on the team in penalty minutes (132)… Scored his first goal of the season, Albany’s first five-on-five goal of the year, vs. Binghamton (10/22)… Posted two assists vs. Syracuse (11/21)… Earned two helpers vs. Norfolk (12/5)… Played his 100th career AHL game at Norfolk (12/19)… Recorded his 100th penalty minute of the season vs. Rochester (1/24)… Scored his seventh goal of the season and recorded his 200th penalty minute of his career at Lowell (2/18).

2009-10: Scored 22 points, including a career-high 14 goals and 171 penalty minutes in 76 games for Albany… Scored his first goal of the season vs. Lowell (11/6)… Had a three-game assist streak from 12/19 at Syracuse to 12/26 vs. Wilkes- Barre/Scranton… Received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing forward Patrick Maroon early in the first period vs. Adirondack (12/30)… Received a three-game suspension from the league… Had a three-game goal streak from 1/30 at Hershey 2/5 at Binghamton… Scored his career-high 12th goal of the season vs. Portland (2/19)… Played in his 200th career AHL game vs. Adirondack (4/3)… Skated in all eight of Albany’s Calder Cup playoff games, compiling 13 penalty minutes.

2010- 11: Earned 18 points (8g, 10a) in 72 games for Charlotte (AHL), serving as an alternate captain for the Checkers… Ranked third on the team with 101 penalty minutes… Charlotte was 7-0-0-1 when he scored a goal in the regular season and 2-0 when he found the net in the playoffs… Earned three assists vs. Manchester (1/14)… Netted game-winning goals at Norfolk (1/11) and at Hershey (2/20)… Had 10 points (2g, 8a) in 10 January games… Took Charlotte’s first-ever penalty shot at home vs. Albany (2/13)… Reached the 100-penalty minute mark for the third consecutive season vs. Norfolk (4/4)… Earned five points (2g, 3a) and 16 penalty minutes in 16 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Checkers… Netted the series-clinching goal in overtime at Hershey (4/24).

2011-12: Matched his career high in assists (12) and fell two points short of his career high in points (21)… Ranked second on the team with 103 penalty minutes… Scored his first goal of the season vs. Peoria (10/15)… Scored on his first career shootout attempt in the 11th round vs. Hershey (1/11)… Found the back of the net at Abbotsford (1/20), giving him a four-game point streak (1g, 3a), his longest since his rookie season… Tied the game with 1:37 remaining in regulation to force overtime at Lake Erie (3/3)… Notched the game-winner vs. Chicago (3/11).