Raffi Torres

Raphael "Raffi" Torres (born October 8, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders. Torres played major junior with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), beginning in 1998–99. After putting up 91 points in his second season with the Batallion (seventh in league scoring), Torres was drafted in the 1st round, 5th overall, by the New York Islanders in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. In 2001–02, Torres made the jump to the American Hockey League playing for the Islanders' minor league affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and appeared in the 2002 Calder Cup finals; Bridgeport lost to the Chicago Wolves. As the New York Islanders lost players to injury that season, Torres also made his NHL debut, playing in 14 games. At the NHL trade deadline of his second season with Bridgeport, he was traded by the Islanders to the Edmonton Oilers along with Brad Isbister in exchange for Janne Niinimaa, a second round and a fourth round draft pick in 2003. Joining the Oilers' AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, for the...


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