Erixon excited to prove himself at training camp

Monday, 01.14.2013 / 2:30 PM
By Staci Pawlak - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

John Davidson described yesterday’s fast-paced practice as “NHL-quick,” and the second day of the Blue Jackets training camp saw a continuation of that intensity. As training camp moves forward, players competing for a roster spot don’t have a lot of time to prove that they deserve to play in the NHL.

For defenseman Tim Erixon, the challenge is an opportunity to show how much he has grown while playing in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons for the first half of the season.

“I love every second out there," Erixon told BlueJackets.com. "It’s good to be back here and competing for a spot in the NHL. That’s what everybody wants, and that’s all I’m focused on right now."

The 21-year-old defenseman came to the Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers as part of the package deal last summer that also included forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov. He played 18 games with the Rangers last season, and hopes that his time playing with the Falcons has accelerated his development into a steady NHL defenseman.

“I’ve been working a lot with the coaches down there on the defensive end, and I improved a lot, and can still be good on the offensive side," Erixon said. "I just like to play a two-way game, and that’s what I’m going to try to do."

The hard work has paid off for Erixon and the rest of the Falcons, who hold first place in the Northeast Division with a 20-9-3-3 record. The AHL experience might even give Erixon and the other players from Springfield a competitive advantage over guys who didn’t play professionally over the past few months.

“I’ve been playing – what is it, 30 games or something like that? – of course, that helps,” Erixon said. “I want to go out and prove that I can play on this level, and I can contribute.”

As for the speed and physicality of the practices so far, Erixon said it’s something he has enjoyed and is just another part of the experience for him.

“It’s perfect to get going right away so we can be ready right from the start.”

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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