New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets
James Wisniewski
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JamesWisniewski
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 203
BIRTHDATE: 02/21/1984
AGE: 30
BIRTHPLACE: Canton, MI, USA
DRAFTED: CHI: 2002-156 overall
OHL First All-Star Team (2004) OHL Defenseman of the Year (2004) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2004) Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year (2004) Traded to Anaheim by Chicago with Petri Kontiola for Samuel Pahlsson, Logan Stephenson and future considerations, March 4, 2009. Traded to NY Islanders by Anaheim for NY Islanders' 3rd round choice (Joseph Cramarossa) in 2011 Entry Draft, July 30, 2010. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders for Montreal's 2nd round compensatory choice (Johan Sundstrom) in 2011 Entry Draft, December 28, 2010. Traded to Columbus by Montreal for Columbus' 5th round choice (Charles Hudson) in 2012 Entry Draft, June 29, 2011.
LAST SEASON:
Scored a career-high 30 points (3g/27a) in 69 contests during his fifth NHL season and his second with Anaheim...Also established career highs in games played and assists...Ranked third on the Ducks in both assists and points among defensemen...Ranked second on the club in hits (129) and blocked shots (102)...Finished sixth on the team in shots (146) and second among defensemen...Tied his career high for both assists (third time) and points (fourth time)...Had seven multiple-point games (all multi-assist)...Missed eight games due to suspension, Mar. 19-Apr. 2...Logged a career-high 29:06 time on ice on Mar. 3 vs. Colorado...Scored his second PPG of the season on Jan. 29 at Tampa Bay, and also scored the shootout-winning goal for the second time in four games...Registered two assists and scored the shootout-winning goal on his first career attempt on Jan. 23 at  St. Louis…Matched a season-high with a +3 rating while also earning two assists on Dec. 29 vs. Minnesota...Appeared in his 200th career NHL contest on Nov. 19 vs. Tampa Bay...Had a three-game point streak (0g/5a) from Oct. 30 - Nov. 7...Missed two games due to suspension on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5...Recorded three assists and matched a season-high +3 rating on Oct. 30 vs. Vancouver...Missed three games due to a sprained shoulder, Oct. 11-17.

CAREER:
2008-09:
Scored 24 points (3g/21a) in 48 games split between Anaheim and Chicago...Registered a plus-9 rating, marking the fourth consecutive NHL season that he finished with an even or posItive rating...Acquired by Anaheim at the trade deadline on Mar. 4 from Chicago...Anaheim went 11-5-1 with him on the roster...Ranked second among Anaheim defensemen in points after his acquisition...Had four multiple-point games (all multi-assists)...Matched a single-game career high for points and assists (0g/3a) on Mar. 25 at Colorado. It was his second three-assist game and third three-point game of his career...Scored the club’s opening goal in his Ducks debut on Mar. 6 vs. Dallas...With Chicago, had a career-high three assists in his season debut on Dec. 16 at Edmonton...Missed the first 28 games of the season with a knee injury. 

2007-08: In his third NHL season, ranked third among Chicago blueliners and set a career high for games played with 68...Led Blackhawks defensemen and ranked second overall with a career high 103 PIM...Registered four multiple-point games, including two multi-assist contests...Scored the GTG, had an assist and a career-high +4 rating in a 4-3 OT win on Mar. 23 vs. St. Louis...Accrued a career-high 15 PIM on Mar. 5 vs. Anaheim...Put together a career-high four-game point streak (1g/5a) from Feb. 10-17...Missed 10 games from Dec. 30 to Jan. 16 with a sprained knee suffered on Dec. 26 vs. Nashville...Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Dec. 22 at Ottawa…Missed three games due to a facial injury from Nov. 28 - Dec. 1...Scored the first PPG of his career as part of a career-high three-point night (1g/2a) on Oct. 31 at Dallas...Scored the first SHG of his career on Oct. 7 vs. Detroit. 

2006-07:  In his second NHL season, played the majority of the campaign with Chicago, while also appearing in 10 contests with Norfolk (AHL)...With Chicago, suffered a torn ACL on Mar. 6 vs. LA, which kept him out of the lineup for the remainder of the season...Posted a plus-or-even rating in 37 of his 50 NHL contests...With Norfolk, earned six assists in 10 games. 

2005-06: Appeared in the first 19 NHL contests of his career with Chicago...Made his NHL debut on Feb. 2 at St. Louis...Collected his first career NHL point (assist) on Feb. 8 at San Jose...Notched his first career NHL goal on Mar. 23 at Phoenix...In 61 games with Norfolk (AHL), recorded 35 points (7g/28a), the most among team defensemen. 

2004-05: Made his professional debut with Norfolk, appearing in 66 games while earning 25 points (7g/17a) with 100 PIM.


PLAYOFFS
2009: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with Anaheim, appearing in 12 of the Ducks’ 13 contests...Collected his first career playoff point (assist) in Game 2 of the CQF on Apr. 19 at San Jose...Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 3 of the CQF on Apr. 21 vs. San Jose...Missed Game 4 of the CSF vs. Detroit with a lung contusion suffered after taking a puck to the chest in Game 3...Assisted on Todd Marchant’s GWG at 1:15 of triple OT in Game 2 of the CSF on May 3 at Detroit. Logged a playoff career-high 35:30 TOI in the contest. 

2006: Earned three points (1g/2a) in four Calder Cup Playoff games with the Admirals. 

2005:
Racked up  four points (1g/3a) in his first professional playoff action with Norfolk.


JUNIOR
2003-04:
Capped his junior career ranking second on the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) in assists and third in points, while serving as team captain...Named the Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year and to the Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team...Also named the OHL Defenseman of the Year and to the OHL First All-Star Team...Was also a member of the OHL’s All-Scholastic Team.

2002-03: Posted 52 points (18g/34a) in 52 games during his third season with Plymouth...Named to the OHL’s All-Scholastic team. 

2001-02: Notched a Junior career-high 100 PIM, while also netting 36 points (11g/25a) in 62 games. 

2000-01: Named Plymouth’s Rookie of the Year and was selected to the OHL First All-Rookie team after netting 29 points (6g/23a) in 53 games.


International: 
Has won a gold medal with the United States at three different levels. 

2008: Made his World Championships debut with the United States, netting three ponts (1g/2a) in six games.

2004: Played in his second WJC with the U.S. and notched five points (2g/3a) in six games.

2003: Placed fourth with Team USA at the World Junior Championships.

2002: Captured gold at the U18 World Junior Championships and the World Junior Championships. 

2001: Made his international debut with Team USA and won gold at the 2001 World Under-17 Challenge.