Austin Wagner

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Austin Wagner
Born (1997-06-23) June 23, 1997 (age 22)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 99th overall, 2015
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2017–present

Austin Wagner (born June 23, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League (NHL). Wagner was drafted by the Kings in the fourth round, 99th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Although Wagner began playing hockey at the age of three, he also played lacrosse before fully committing to hockey.[1] Wagner began his hockey career with the Blackfoot Minor Hockey Association before joining the Calgary Northstars.[2]

Major junior[edit]

Wagner was drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Regina Pats.[3] After attending the Pats training camp, he signed agreed to a contract with the team.[4] He scored his first WHL goal in the first period of a 4–3 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers on December 15, 2013.[5]

After his rookie season, in which Wagner scored 2 points in 42 games, the Pats changed coaches to John Paddock which Wagner says contributed to his production increase in his sophomore season.[1] After having a breakout sophomore year with the Pats, in which he scored 39 points in 61 games, Wagner was drafted 99th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[6] Leading up to the draft, Wagner's final ranking by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau was 35th overall amongst North American skaters.[7] He attended the Kings training camp prior to the 2015 season but was returned to the Pats on September 24, 2015.[8] Wagner set new career highs during the 2015–16 season with 62 points in 70 games.

Wagner again attended the Kings training camp prior to the 2016 season but was returned to the Pats on October 1, 2016.[9] The 2016–17 season was another breakout season for Wagner, as he set new career highs in goals and assists. That season, the Pats qualified for the WHL playoffs. Wagner scored a goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Championships against the Lethbridge Hurricanes to help push the Pats to the WHL Championship round for the first time since 1984.[10] He ended the playoffs with 21 points in 22 games as the Pats ended up losing the WHL Championship Finals series to the Seattle Thunderbirds 4–2.[11]

Professional[edit]

On March 6, 2017, Wagner signed an entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.[12] During the off-season prior to the 2017–18 season, Wagner required shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and dislocated bicep tendon.[13] After he was medically cleared to play, Wagner was assigned to the Kings American Hockey League affiliate, the Ontario Reign.[14]

Having made the Los Angeles Kings opening night roster for the 2018–19 season, Wagner made his NHL debut on October 5, 2018, in a 3–2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks.[15] After playing in seven games for the Kings, Wagner and teammate Sean Walker were reassigned to Ontario Reign.[16] After being recalled, Wagner scored his first career NHL goal on November 21, 2018, in a 7–3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.[17] At the end of the season, Wagner was awarded the team's Jim Fox Community Service Award.[18]

International play[edit]

Wagner played for Team Calgary North at the 2012 Alberta Cup[19] and Team Alberta at the 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.[20]

Wagner was selected to attend the Canadian National Junior Team camp prior to the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships but failed to make the final roster.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Wagner grew up in Calgary with parents Kevin and Linda and older brother Tyler.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Calgary Northstars AMHL 28 7 3 10 30 2 0 0 0 15
2012–13 Regina Pats WHL 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Regina Pats WHL 42 1 1 2 18 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Regina Pats WHL 61 20 19 39 53 9 1 2 3 8
2015–16 Regina Pats WHL 70 28 34 62 84 12 3 6 9 12
2016–17 Regina Pats WHL 64 30 36 66 94 22 16 5 21 29
2017–18 Ontario Reign AHL 50 10 7 17 62 3 0 0 0 2
2018–19 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 12 9 21 16
2018–19 Ontario Reign AHL 9 3 0 3 16
NHL totals 62 12 9 21 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ryan McKenna (June 19, 2015). "Prospect of Interest: 411 on Austin Wagner". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Austin Wagner". NHL.com. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Draft Day Recap". reginapats.com. May 3, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Pats Sign Six Prospects". reginapats.com. September 4, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Nick Schneider Brilliant in Pats Shootout Loss". reginapats.com. December 15, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Austin Wagner Drafted 99th Overall". reginapats.com. June 27, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "NHL Central Scouting's 2015 final rankings". NHL.com. April 8, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Harder, Greg (September 24, 2015). "Pats' Wagner was treated like a King at NHL training camp". Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Austin Wagner Returns from L.A. Kings". reginapats.com. October 1, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  10. ^ "RECAP: Pats Win Eastern Conference Championship". reginapats.com. April 30, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Thunderbirds claim WHL Championship for first time in franchise's 40-year history". WHL.ca. May 15, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  12. ^ "Austin Wagner Signs Contract With LA Kings". reginapats.com. March 6, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Harder, Greg (July 12, 2017). "Pats' Wagner faces long road to recovery from shoulder surgery". Regina Leader Post. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "KINGS PROSPECT AUSTIN WAGNER MEDICALLY CLEARED AND ASSIGNED TO REIGN". ontarioreign.com. December 2, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  15. ^ Zupke, Curtis (October 5, 2018). "Kings' rally falls short against Sharks in 3-2 overtime loss in season opener". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "Rookies Austin Wagner and Sean Walker Assigned to Ontario Reign". NHL.com. October 31, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  17. ^ Elliott, Helene (November 21, 2018). "Kings' standing on Thanksgiving doesn't bode well for their playoff chances". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "2018-19 LA Kings Award Winners Announced". NHL.com. April 6, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  19. ^ "2012 Alberta Cup NORTHWEST TEAM ROSTER" (pdf). hockeyalberta.ca. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "TEAM ALBERTA U16" (pdf). hockeyalberta.ca. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  21. ^ Farrell, Sean (December 13, 2016). "Canada reduces WJC roster to 27". NHL.com. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  22. ^ Vanstone, Rob (December 16, 2013). "Calgarian Wagner pumped about playing in the Saddledome as he visits with the Regina Pats". Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 6, 2018.

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