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Marc-Andre Gragnani
Marc-Andre Gragnani
Defenseman
Number: 5
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 201
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 11, 1987
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 11, 2012
Drafted: BUF / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (87th overall)
2011-12 SEASON
Appeared in 58 games during his first full NHL season, totaling 15 points (2g, 13a)… Split the season between Vancouver (14 games) and Buffalo (44 games)… Averaged 16:08 in time on ice per game and 2:23 in power-play time on ice per game…Among NHL rookies, ranked tied for 26th in scoring (15 points), tied for seventh in power-play assists (6), tied for ninth in power-play points (7) and tied for 13th in plus/minus (+6)… Earned his first point of the season with an assist vs. LA (10/8)… Scored his first goal of the season at BOS (11/12)… Established career highs for assists and points in a game with two helpers vs. BOS (11/23)… Acquired by Vancouver from Buffalo in exchange for Alexander Sulzer on 2/27… Made his Canucks debut, logging 15:38 of ice time in a 2-0 victory vs. STL (3/1)… Netted his first goal as a Canuck vs. CGY (3/31)… Matched single-game career highs in assists and points with two assists vs. ANA (4/3)… Did not appear in any of Vancouver’s five games during the Canucks’ first-round loss to the Los Angeles Kings… Longest assist streak: 2 games (10/18-10/20: 0g, 2a)… Longest point streak: 3 games (3/30-4/3: 1g, 3a)… Multi-assist games: 2 (last: 4/3 vs. ANA: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 1 (11/23 vs. BOS: 0g, 2a).

CAREER
Is in his fifth professional season and first with the Hurricanes… Signed to a one-year contract by the Hurricanes on 7/11/12… Had earned 206 points (47g, 159a) in 283 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Rochester and Portland entering the 2012-13 season… Completed a four-year junior hockey career with P.E.I. prior to turning professional, totaling 193 points (50g, 143a) in 256 games… Represented Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, totaling two points (1g, 1a) in six games… Won a silver medal with Canada at the 2005 U-18 World Junior Championship, earning three assists in six games.

2003-04: Completed his first season of junior hockey with P.E.I. of the QMJHL, totaling 15 points (2g, 13a) in 61 games… Appeared in 11 playoff games for the Rocket without registering a point.

2004-05: Ranked first among P.E.I. defensemen with 39 points (10g, 29a) in 68 games during his second season of junior hockey.

2005-06: Was first among P.E.I. defensemen and tied for fifth among QMJHL blueliners with 71 points (16g, 55a) in 62 games… Was fourth among league defensemen in assists (55)… Was tied for second on the Rocket in playoff scoring with five points (1g, 4a) in six games as P.E.I. fell to Acadie-Bathurst in the opening round.

2006-07: Was second among QMJHL defensemen in goals (22) and fifth in points (68), skating in 65 games during his final season of junior hockey with P.E.I… Ranked second among P.E.I. skaters in playoff scoring with 13 points (5g, 8a) in seven games as the Rocket again fell to Acadie-Bathurst in the first round.

2007-08: Completed his first professional season, spending the majority of the year with Rochester (AHL)… Appeared in two NHL games with Buffalo, making his NHL debut in a 4-3 loss vs. NYR (2/23)… Ranked third among AHL defensemen with 52 points (14g, 38a) in 78 games… Was named the Amerks’ Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Player… Recorded two assists in his professional debut with the Amerks vs. Syracuse (10/5)… Earned a four-point night (1g, 3a) vs. Hamilton (1/12)… Had a 10-game AHL point streak from 2/9-3/2 (5g, 9a).

2008-09: Was tied for fourth among AHL defensemen with 51 points (9g, 42a) in 76 games, establishing Portland records for assists (42) and points (51) by a defenseman… Appeared in four games with the Sabres on the NHL level, and was plus-2 with two penalty minutes… Had two assists in five Calder Cup playoff games for the Pirates.

2009-10: Earned 43 points (12g, 31a) in 66 games with Portland, spending the entire season in the AHL… Led Pirates blueliners and ranked tied for 11th among league defensemen in points… Earned his 100th career AHL assist vs. Hartford (2/15)… Earned a pair of assists in four Calder Cup playoff games as the Pirates were swept by Manchester.

2010-11: Split the season between Buffalo and Portland, skating in nine games on the NHL level… Earned his first NHL point with an assist vs. NYR (3/30)… Scored his first NHL goal with the overtime game-winner at CAR (4/3)… Led all AHL defensemen in assists (48) and points (60), establishing Portland franchise records in both categories… Won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s most outstanding defenseman, and was named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team… Tied Portland franchise record with five assists in a game vs. Worcester (1/15)… Made his first Stanley Cup playoff appearance and led Buffalo with seven points (1g, 6a) in seven games as the Sabres fell to Philadelphia in the first round… Was the first Sabres defenseman to lead team in playoff scoring since Alexei Zhitnik and Jason Woolley tied with 15 points (1999)… Was the first Sabres rookie and first Sabres defenseman to earn an assist in each of the first three games of the playoffs since Richard Smehlik (1992 Playoffs)… Earned a pair of assists and led Sabres with 23:51 time on ice in Game 3 vs. PHI (4/18)… Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 5 at PHI (4/22)… Recorded two assists in Game 6 vs. PHI (4/24).

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