Raphael Diaz
POSITION: Defenceman
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
BIRTHDATE: 09/01/1986
DRAFTED: undrafted
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, May 13, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Zug (Swiss), September 15, 2012. Traded to Vancouver by Montreal for Dale Weise, February 3, 2014. Traded to NY Rangers by Vancouver for NY Rangers' 5th round choice (Ryan Pilon) in 2015 Entry Draft, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, October 6, 2014. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2015.
- Set 2 personal-highs with a 3-game assist/point streak (Jan. 19 to 24), posting a 0-5-5 record
- Became the 1st Swiss-born player to register 5 points in his 1st 3 games of a season
- Notched 2 assists on Jan. 29 vs. WPG
- Led the NHL defensemen in Jan. with 8 points (tied with 4 players)
- Finished tied for 4th in the NHL in Jan. (and tied for 1st among defensemen) with 8 assists
- Ranked tied for 2nd in the NHL in Jan. with 6 powerplay assists and tied for 5th with 6 powerplay points
- Recorded 1 assist and a +2 differential on Feb. 18 vs. CAR
- Had a 3-game point streak (Feb. 16 to 19), posting a 1-2-3 record
- Return to action on April 20 vs. WSH after missing 25 games due to a concussion suffered on Feb. 25 at OTT.


Played his 1st NHL career game on October 6 at Toronto.

Recorded his 1st NHL career point (assist) on October 15 against Colorado.

Tallied his 1st career goal, and registered 4 shots and 4 blocked shots on October 18 against Buffalo.

Ranked 2nd among rookie defensemen in October with 26 blocked shots.

Returned to action on December 19 at Boston after missing 2 games due to the flu.

Became the 3rd rookie defenseman in franchise history to record 3 assists in a period (in the 1st) on December 27 at Ottawa.

Was part of the All-Rookie Team at the NHL All-Star Weekend.

Suffered a season-ending lower body injury on February 28 at Tampa Bay.

Ranked 3rd among NHL rookie defensemen with 102 blocked shots.


Played his first NHL game as a member of the Canadiens on Oct. 6, 2011 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Recorded 12 goals, 27 assists and had a plus-14 differential for the Swiss A League Club, EV Zug in 2010-11.