Features

Erixon ready to seize his opportunity

Thursday, 08.22.2013 / 7:00 AM / Features
By Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After playing 31 games with the Blue Jackets last season, Tim Erixon is working hard to take his game to the next level.

Despite playing in over half of the games in last year's lockout-shortened NHL season, Erixon is still looking to improve and become a mainstay on the blue line. This summer, he stayed in Columbus for several weeks of training immediately after the season ended, using the team's success as motivation to get him in shape for the coming year.

"After I stuck around in Columbus to work out, I went back home for a bit then returned to Columbus at the end of July and have been here ever since," Erixon told BlueJackets.com. "I've been working to get stronger and faster, so that's what I've been working on. Skating here and working out with the guys has been really good."

As a defenseman with the Blue Jackets last season, Erixon often played big minutes, averaging about 20 minutes of ice time from the end of February until the end of March. He finished the season with five assists and a plus-4 rating.

GALLERY: Tim Erixon's 2012-13 Season in Photos


Erixon, who came to Columbus from New York as one of three players in the Rick Nash trade, said he was happy with how he performed last season but knows he can play even better.

"Last season, it was my goal to make the team (out of training camp)," said Erixon. "I did that and I was really proud to be part of this team. I thought I played good, steady hockey and even though I had an injury that slowed me down, I was playing some good hockey."

Going into this year's training camp and the 2013-14 season, Erixon is still trying to figure out his exact role in the Blue Jackets' stacked defensive corps. He credits a lot of his improvements to his teammates on defense, who have given him advice and have also led by example.

"We have a real solid defensive group right now," said Erixon. "Jack (Johnson), Wiz (James Wisniewski) and Tyuts (Fedor Tyutin) have definitely helped me. Talking with them about the game and watching them on the ice has been huge for me."

When training camp starts in a few weeks, Erixon is looking forward to being back with the guys and playing fast, competitive hockey. However, he knows his fate isn't sealed and has a few goals going into training camp and the preseason.

"I want to make the team, and that is a big goal for me," said Erixon. "If I do that, I just want to go out there, help the team and play good hockey. I'm excited. I just want to get out there, play now and show how I've improved.

"To do that though, I still have to improve my game and become better, and I know I'm getting there."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.