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Erik Gudbranson (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. He was selected third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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Gudbranson grew up playing minor hockey for the Gloucester Rangers AA rep teams in the ODHA before playing AAA Minor Midget in the OEMHL with the Ottawa Jr. 67's.
Gudbranson was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs in the first round, fourth overall in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.
In his rookie season with Kingston in 2008–09, Gudbranson had three goals and 22 points in 63 games with the rebuilding Frontenacs, who failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Gudbranson then missed 27 games due to mononucleosis in the 2009–10 season, as he appeared in 41 games with the Frontenacs, scoring two goals and 23 points. In the playoffs, Gudbranson had a goal and two assists in seven games as Kingston lost to the Brampton Battalion in the first round of the playoffs. After the season, Gudbranson was awarded the Bobby Smith Trophy, which is an award that is named to the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year.
Gudbranson made the Florida Panthers team for the 2011-12 NHL season and made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders on October 8, 2011. He picked up his first point of his NHL career on December 2, 2011, against the Los Angeles Kings with an assist. Gudbranson scored his first NHL goal on December 11, 2011 in a 6-1 loss against the New York Rangers.
Gudbranson's younger brother Alex was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs in the first round of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Gudbranson's youngest brother, Dennis is a leukemia survivor