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Erik Johnson | Defenseman | #6

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Minnesota
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (1) / STL
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Erik Johnson notched a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 OT win over Detroit.
Johnson also had five shots on target, one hit and two blocks in 30:48 of ice time. The Avalanche rearguard has averaged 26:43 of playing time per game this season, which ranks fifth overall in the league. Johnson has also chipped in eight points in 19 games. Nov 20 - 11:32 AM
Source: Denver Post

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Erik Johnson has been seeing heavy ice time for the Avalanche this season.

Johnson ranks fourth in the league in average ice time per game (26:27) and he is tied for fourth among defensemen in plus-minus with a plus-6 rating. He has been praised for his leadership and his presence on the back end was missed by the team last season. Johnson has also contributed one assist, six penalty minutes, six shots, 11 hits and 15 blocks this year.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 17 - 10:40 AM

Erik Johnson logged a game-high 26:37 of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Johnson was double-shifted at times because rookie defenseman Andrei Mironov experienced some troubles in his NHL debut. "I just thrive being out there more, playing more," Johnson said. "I feel good and if that's what it takes to help the team win every night, I'll play as many minutes as they want." He was credited with two shots, four hits, one block and a plus-2 rating in the victory.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 6 - 10:29 AM

Erik Johnson capped Colorado's comeback with the overtime winner on Tuesday night.

The Avalanche spotted Chicago a 3-0 lead before rallying for the victory. It was Johnson's second goal of the season. He has one goal and three assists in the last five games.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 5 - 11:22 AM

Erik Johnson collected his 15th point of the season during Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.

He earned an assist on a goal by Gabriel Landeskog. Johnson also posted four shots in 24:04 of ice time.
Apr 2 - 8:50 PM

Erik Johnson broke out of his 14-game point drought during Monday's 4-2 loss to the Flames.

Johnson picked up a helper on both of Sven Andrighetto's tallies, lifting Johnson's season totals to 13 assists and 14 points in 39 games.
Mar 27 - 11:38 PM

Erik Johnson says he's "ready to go" against the Sabres on Saturday night.

Johnson broke his fibula back on Dec. 3rd and he hasn't played since, but that's about to change. "We’ll ease him back into it a little bit," head coach Jared Bednar said. "He’ll determine that by how he’s feeling, and we’ll see what kind of game shape he’s in. He’s been working real hard off the ice and always keeps himself in good condition, but playing in games and having guys lean on you constantly is a different animal. . . We’ll probably start him out with just five-on-five minutes to start in the regular rotation and see how all that goes."
Source: Denver Post
Feb 25 - 10:37 AM

Erik Johnson will make his long-awaited return to the Avalanche's blue line on Saturday against the Sabres.

He hasn't played since Dec. 3rd due to a broken fibula, which helped turn Colorado's season sideways. Through 23 games he has posted a goal and 11 points with 44 hits and 62 blocks to his credit as well.
Feb 24 - 3:57 PM

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar is hopeful that Erik Johnson will return to the lineup soon.

Johnson thinks he'll be ready for Saturday's match versus Buffalo, but Bednar is taking a more conservative approach. He said that Saturday is "the target date here if everything keeps going the way it's been progressing. He's been out a significant length of time, so he'll probably get eased into that a little bit." Johnson hasn't played since Dec. 3 because of a broken fibula.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 23 - 10:05 AM

Erik Johnson (broken fibula) expects to return to the lineup on Saturday.

He has been sidelined since Dec. 3, but participated fully in Wednesday's practice. Johnson has 11 points in 23 games this season.
Feb 22 - 2:22 PM

Erik Johnson (leg) took part in Monday's practice.

It was Johnson's first full practice since Dec. 6. He hasn't been given the green light to return to the lineup yet, but he might be back this week.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 20 - 3:54 PM

Erik Johnson got back on the ice Monday for the first time since he suffered a broken fibula back on Dec. 3.

He briefly skated on his own before Colorado's practice. "We'll see how he reacts to that" coach Jared Bednar said. "He's been working hard in the gym for quite some time. We got him the slideboard last weekend. Now he's hitting the ice, so things are trending in a positive fashion there. We'd like to see him get back, but there's no timeline on that."
Source: Denver Post
Jan 31 - 12:10 PM

Erik Johnson's (broken fibula) original 6-8 week timetable has been extended to 8-10 weeks.

That translates to Johnson likely returning in February. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar is hoping that Johnson will start skating in about two weeks.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 12 - 4:31 PM

Erik Johnson will be lost to the Avlanache for 6-8 weeks with a broken fibula.

He broke his leg in the second period of Saturday night's 3-0 loss to Dallas. This is a big blow to the Avalanche as the team had been reeling on defense even before Johnson's injury. We suggest you look for a permanent replacemet for Johnson without delay.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Erik Johnson (illness) is expected to play Tuesday.

He missed Monday's practice because of an illness. Coach Jared Bednar thinks it's the same thing that kept Rene Bourque out of practice last Friday before he played on Saturday.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nathan MacKinnon
2Alexander Kerfoot
3J.T. Compher
4Carl Soderberg
5Dominic Toninato
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Sven Andrighetto
3Matt Nieto
4Gabriel Bourque
5Vladislav Kamenev
RW1Mikko Rantanen
2Nail Yakupov
3Blake Comeau
4Colin Wilson
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Samuel Girard
4Mark Barberio
5Patrik Nemeth
6Nikita Zadorov
7Chris Bigras
8Anton Lindholm
9Sergei Boikov
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Jonathan Bernier
3Andrew Hammond