Chris Wagner
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Chris Wagner

Hometown:

Wellesley Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-05-27

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (122nd overall), 2010

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Chris Wagner skated in 38 games for the South Shore Kings (EJHL) and scored 20 goals with 14 assists. Wagner was third on the Kings with 72 PMs.

2009-10: Wagner was the leading scorer for the South Shore Kings in his second EJHL season. He posted 34 goals and 49 assists in 44 games for the Southern Division champions. Wagner had 19 points in nine playoff appearances. Wagner committed to playing college hockey at Colgate in 2010-11.

2010-11: Wagner skated in 41 of 42 games for Colgate as a freshman. The Raiders were one of the worst teams in college hockey for much of the season, entering February with three wins, but won 8 of their last 13 games and reached the ECAC Hockey semifinals. Wagner scored 9 goals with 10 assists and was -12 with 26 PMs.

2011-12: Wagner combined with Stars’ prospect Austin Smith to give Colgate one of the most dangerous scoring tandems in college hockey. The sophomore scored 17 goals with a team-leading 34 assists and was plus-20 with 69 penalty minutes (also a team high) in 38 games. Colgate finished fourth in ECAC Hockey after a four-game slide late in the season but rebounded to reach the semifinals of the league tournament. Wagner signed a three-year entry-level contract with Anaheim in April 2012 – foregoing his final two years of college hockey.

2012-13: Wagner played for Anaheim affiliate Norfolk in his first pro season. Placed in more of a middle line, two-way role for the Admirals rather than seeing the prime ice time he saw at Colgate, he scored 8 goals with 13 assists in 70 games and was +5 with 65 penalty minutes. Norfolk was fifth in the East Division; two points out of an AHL playoff spot.

2013-14: Wagner found his niche as a physical, two-way center in his second season with Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk. The only player to skate in all 76 regular season games for the Admirals, he scored 14 goals with 14 assists and was -6 with 68 penalty minutes. Norfolk finished third in the East Division and reached the second round. Wagner scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +3 with 10 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Wagner is a versatile forward who is an excellent faceoff man and executes all the defensive responsibilities of a two-way center. A big scorer at the college level he can also contribute on the offensive end. Wagner does not shy away from physical play despite his modest frame; displaying intensity and determination.

Future

Wagner attended training camp with the Ducks before being assigned to AHL affiliate Norfolk at the start of the 2014-15 season. Now in his third pro season, he has shuffled between the Admirals and Anaheim and made his NHL debut in an October 17th game against the Wild; appearing in another NHL game in November before eventually returning to Norfolk. With 21 points in his first 30 games for the Admirals he is among the AHL club's leading scorers. His role at the NHL level will likely be that of a lower line two-way center who does all of the dirty jobs and can contribute a goal on occasion.

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