Bobby Sanguinetti

Bobby Sanguinetti
Born (1988-02-29) February 29, 1988
Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NL team
Former teams
HC Lugano
New York Rangers
Carolina Hurricanes
Atlant Moscow Oblast
EHC Kloten
National team  United States
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2006
New York Rangers
Playing career 2007present

Robert Sanguinetti (born February 29, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for HC Lugano in the National League (NL). He previously played for EHC Kloten and within the New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks organizations in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally drafted 21st overall by the New York Rangers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Sanguinetti grew up in Lumberton Township, New Jersey. Sanguinetti's peewee team, the New Jersey Rockets, won the 2001 Tier 1 USA National Championship. He played hockey at Lawrenceville School for his freshman and sophomore years, leaving school after being drafted.[1]

In the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Sanguinetti was selected by the New York Rangers with the 21st pick in the first round. Sanguinetti, who grew up a Ranger fan, has said he tries to model his game after a former Ranger great Brian Leetch, and even wears 22 to pay respect to Brian Leetch (who wore number 2).

Sanguinetti had a breakthrough year during the 2006–07 season, finishing second among all Ontario Hockey League (OHL) defensemen in goals scored (23), and tenth with 53 points. The Owen Sound Attack were eliminated in four games in the playoffs, but Sanguinetti played well, with three goals and three assists in the four games. With his team eliminated], Sanguinetti was called up to the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. In seven regular season games for the team, he put up five assists and had one point in the playoffs. Sanguinetti was signed to his first professional contract in April 2007 by the Rangers. During the 2007-08 Stanley Cup playoffs, Bobby would greet fans outside the arena and sign autographs.

Sanguinetti was promoted to the Rangers for their game on January 10, 2009, but did not play and was returned to Hartford the following day.[2][3] In 2009, Sanguinetti was selected for the AHL's all-star game, playing for PlanetUSA, along with Russian teammate Artem Anisimov. Sanguinetti had the hardest shot for PlanetUSA in the hardest shot competition.

In the 2009-10 season, Sanguinetti was again selected to the AHL all-star game, and won the fastest skater competition, setting a new AHL record.[4][5] During the season, he was called up to the Rangers twice, from November 26 to December 1 and from December 16 to December 19.[6] He made his NHL debut on December 27 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing 16.14 minutes on 22 shifts.[5][7] He played a total of 5 games for the Rangers, with no points and four penalty minutes.[7] He took five shots and had an even plus/minus rating.[7]

On June 26, 2010, Sanguinetti was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2nd round draft pick in 2011 and a 6th round draft pick in 2010.[8]

During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Sanguinetti scored his first NHL goal on February 24, 2013 on the road against the New York Islanders. He played in a career-high 37 games with the Hurricanes recording 6 points.

Sanguinetti and the Carolina Hurricanes were not able to agree to contract terms for the 2013–14 season, so he signed as a free agent in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on a two-year contract with Atlant Moscow Oblast on July 11, 2013.[9]

On July 1, 2014, he signed a one-year free agent contract to return to the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks.[10]

On July 2, 2015, Sanguinetti left the Canucks organization as a free agent and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.[11] He made 40 appearances for Buffalo’s AHL affiliate Rochester Americans in the 2015-16 season, tallying seven goals and eight assists, and did not see any NHL action.

Upon the conclusion of the season, he took up an offer from Switzerland, signing with EHC Kloten of the National League A (NLA) on July 6, 2016.[12] He finished the season with 29 points, including 9 goals in 44 contests, missing a few games with concussion-like symptoms.

On May 24, 2017, Sanguinetti agreed to a one-year contract with HC Lugano. The contract does contain an option for a second year but no NHL-out clause.[13]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05Owen Sound AttackOHL67420241250220
2005–06Owen Sound AttackOHL681451654411510154
2006–07Owen Sound AttackOHL672330534843362
2006–07Hartford Wolf PackAHL5033270112
2007–08Brampton BattalionOHL6129417038513410
2007–08Hartford Wolf PackAHL6011250002
2008–09Hartford Wolf PackAHL78636424261456
2009–10Hartford Wolf PackAHL619293822
2009–10New York RangersNHL50004
2010–11Charlotte CheckersAHL31312156100226
2011–12Charlotte CheckersAHL6010405020
2011–12Carolina HurricanesNHL30000
2012–13Charlotte CheckersAHL366152116
2012–13Carolina HurricanesNHL372464
2013–14Atlant Moscow OblastKHL152572
2014–15Utica CometsAHL611624401623311146
2015–16Rochester AmericansAHL40781522
NHL totals 45 2 4 6 8


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 United States WJC 4th 6 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 6 1 2 3 0


  1. Hageny, John Christian. "Hockey: Where are they now? Call Lawrenceville's Sanguinetti a Hurricane",, February 24, 2013. Accessed February 8, 2018. "Bobby Sanguinetti was born in Trenton, grew up a New York Rangers fan and even wore number 22 for a time in his career in honor of his favorite player, Brian Leetch, while skating at Lawrenceville.... Sanguinetti grew up in nearby Lumberton, N.J. and began his hockey career under Dan O'Brien while skating for the NJ Rockets.... The following year he enrolled at The Lawrenceville School in Mercer County where he played his freshman and sophomore seasons amassing six goals, 22 assists and 28 points in 51 games under coach Etienne Bilodeau."
  2. "Rangers Notes and Transactions". Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  3. "Rangers send D Sanguinetti to minors". Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  4. "Sanguinetti, Locke in AHL All-Star Game". National Hockey League. 2010-01-03. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  5. 1 2 "Sanguinetti is AHL's fastest skater". National Hockey League. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  6. "Bobby Sanguinetti News". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  7. 1 2 3 "Bobby Sanguinetti Stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  8. "Rangers get picks for Sanguinetti". Retrieved 2010-06-26.
  9. "Bobby Sanguinetti the newest member of Atlant" (in Russian). Atlant Moscow Oblast. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  10. "Canucks sign centers Cal O'Reilly, Dustin Jeffrey and Defenesman Bobby Saguinetti". Prince George Citizen. 2014-07-02. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  11. "Sabres sign Bobby Sanguinetti". Buffalo Sabres. 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  12. "Bobby Sanguinetti - EHC Kloten". Kloten Flyers (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  13. "From Kloten to Lugano - Bobby Sanguinetti signs with HCL". Retrieved 2017-05-24.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marc Staal
New York Rangers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Alexei Cherepanov
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