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Daniel Winnik
Daniel Winnik-0
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Penguins
Anaheim Ducks
San Jose Sharks
Colorado Avalanche
Phoenix Coyotes
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 6 1985 (1985-03-06) (age 32),
Toronto, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 265th overall, 2004
Phoenix Coyotes
Pro Career 2006 – present


Daniel Spencer Winnik (born March 6, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

After two seasons in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL) with the Wexford Raiders, Winnik joined the college hockey ranks with the University of New Hampshire of Hockey East. Following his freshman year, Winnik was drafted 265th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. He found his scoring touch with the Wildcats in his sophomore year scoring 18 goals for 40 points and was one of UNH's best in being named in the NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament team. In his junior year Daniel consolidated his break out year by leading the Wildcats with 26 assists and finishing 5th in the Hockey East in scoring with 41 points. He was named as Hockey East player of the month for November and was selected to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team.[1] After completing a three year career with New Hampshire he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Coyotes on March 31, 2006.[2] He immediately made his professional debut with AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, to finish the 2005–06 season.

In his first full professional year in 2006–07, Winnik played in a checking role with the Rampage scoring 21 points in 66 games while also spending a stint in the ECHL with secondary affiliate, the Phoenix RoadRunners. In 2007–08, Winnik made the Coyotes lineup out of training camp and scored his first NHL goal in his debut on October 4, 2007 in a 3–2 win against the St. Louis Blues.[3] At the end of his first NHL year Winnik had established himself as a regular in the Coyotes team and was looked upon, by coach Wayne Gretzky, as the team's top penalty killer.[4]

After a promising start to his NHL career, Dan suffered a sophomore slump in 2008–09, scoring just 7 points in 49 games. Seldom used as an reserve forward he was assigned to San Antonio on a 5 game conditioning stint on January 1, 2009.[5] He was then re-signed to an arbitrated one-year contract on July 24, 2009.[6] Winnik quickly rebounded in the following 2009–10 season, regaining a checking line role and finding his scoring touch, tying his career high with 15 assists.[7] As part of a resurgent Coyotes team he made his playoff debut appearing scoreless in 7 games against the Detroit Red Wings.[8]

On June 28, 2010, Winnik was traded by the Coyotes to the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[9] He was then signed to a two-year contract with the Avalanche on July 2, 2010.[10]

In the 2011-12  season at the trade deadline on February 27, 2012, Winnik was traded by the Avalanche, along with TJ Galiardi and a seventh-round pick, to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jamie McGinn and   Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa.

Unable to agree to terms with the Sharks on a new contract, Winnik was signed as a free agent to a two-year deal with Division rivals, the Anaheim Ducks on July 20, 2012

On July 28, 2014, Winnik signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, worth $1.3 million. In the 2014–15 season, Winnik proved a versatile asset for the Maple Leafs with his penalty killing abilities and scoring touch, notching 25 points in 58 appearances, and having spent time on all four lines. On February 25, 2015, with the Maple Leafs out of playoff contention, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Zach Sill, a 2015 fourth round pick and a 2016 second round pick. In 21 games with the Penguins, Winnik collected 2 goals and 9 points but was unable to help the Penguins to a deep playoff run.

On July 1, 2015, Winnik, by this time a fan favourite in Toronto, returned to the Maple Leafs, signing as a free agent on a two-year deal. Winnik's offensive production declined from his previous season with the Maple Leafs, though he remained a concrete part of the penalty kill. On February 28, 2016, the eve of the trade deadline, Winnik was traded to the Washington Capitals, along with a 5th round selection in the 2016 draft, in exchange for forward Brooks Laich, defenseman Connor Carrick, and a 2nd round draft pick in 2016.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Wexford Raiders OPJHL 47 18 25 43 32
2002–03 Wexford Raiders OPJHL 47 20 33 53 70
2003–04 U. of New Hampshire HE 37 4 10 14 12
2004–05 U. of New Hampshire HE 42 18 22 40 26
2005–06 U. of New Hampshire HE 39 15 26 41 44
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 7 1 1 2 8
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 66 9 12 21 34
2006–07 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL 5 0 6 6 9
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 11 15 26 25
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 49 3 4 7 63
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 5 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 74 4 15 19 12 7 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 11 15 26 35
2011-12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 63 5 13 18 42
2011-12 San Jose Sharks NHL 21 3 2 5 10 5 0 1 1 6
2012-13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 48 6 13 19 16 7 0 1 1 7
2013-14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 76 6 24 30 23 9 0 1 1 2
2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 7 18 25 19
2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 2 7 9 8 5 0 0 0 2
2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 4 10 14 16
2015-16 Washington Capitals NHL 20 2 3 5 22 12 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 645 64 139 203 291 45 0 3 3 21

Awards & achievementsEdit

HE
Award Year(s)
All-Tournament Team 2005
Second All-Star Team 2006

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


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