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James Wisniewski
NUMBER: 21 BIRTHDATE: February 21, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Canton, MI, United States
WEIGHT: 203 DRAFTED: CHI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 5th   (156th overall)

Career: Represented USA at 2008 IIHF World Championships (6GP-1G-2A-3P) as well as 2003 & '04 (Gold Medal, 1st in national team history) World Junior Championships (13GP-2G-7A-9P combined)… Also won 1st World U18 Championship Gold Medal in USA history in 2002 (3GP-3G-1A-2P)… Played 4 seasons (2000-04) in OHL with Plymouth (217GP-52G-135A-187P)… Named OHL/CHL Defenceman of the Year in 2004.

2013-14: Matched career high with 51P (2010-11), setting new CBJ record for most points/assists (44) by a D in a season... Finished 9th in the NHL in PPP (28, 3rd among D)... Tallied 200th career NHL point (assist) on 11/7 vs. NYR... Matched career high with 3 points (1G-2A) on 10/22 vs. NJD.

2012-13: Finished 3rd on CBJ in TOI (22:49/game) and 2nd in PP TOI (3:16/game)... Skated in 400th career NHL game on 4/12 vs. STL

Personal: Nickname: ‘Wiz’… Is an avid golfer... Favorite player growing up: Chris Chelios… Nephew of former NHL player (PIT, DET, CHI, NYR), head coach (DET) and FLA scout Billy Dea.

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's 5th round choice (Charles Hudson) in 2012 Entry Draft, June 29, 2011.
Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp