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Erik Johnson | Defenseman

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 232
College: Minnesota
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Erik Johnson netted two goals for the Avalanche in their 3-2 overtime loss against the Blues on Saturday night.
With six goals and 15 points, Johnson is setting himself up for his best offensive season to date. His career high for goals is 10 and points is 39. What’s also promising is his 74 shots on goal. Gabriel Landeskog picked up two assists, while Nick Holden and Nathan MacKinnon got the other helpers. Dec 14 - 1:07 AM

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Erik Johnson will be back in the Avalanche lineup Saturday night against Dallas.

He had a stiff neck which kept him from playing Wednesday against the Blackhawks. If you need Johnson, activate him immediately.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 29 - 12:25 PM

Erik Johnson had a stiff neck as opposed to a head injury.

Johnson didn't play on Wednesday because of the ailment. He's good to return Saturday though.
Nov 28 - 2:33 PM

Erik Johnson (head) may be back in the lineup on Saturday.

He missed Wednesday's game against Chicago, but he's improved since then. Johnson was injured on Tuesday when he took a hit to the head from Arizona's Martin Hanzal. The good news is that he wasn't concussed on the play.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 28 - 10:10 AM

Erik Johnson will be a game-time decision Wednesday night.

He got hit in the head when he was checked by Arizona's Martin Hanzal on Tuesday. The Avalanche called up Karl Stollery to play if Johnson can't.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 26 - 3:39 PM

Erik Johnson appeared to be knocked out after a collision with Martin Hanzal in overtime on Tuesday night.

Coach Patrick Roy said Johnson was fine after the match, but we should know more about his status before Wednesday's meeting with Chicago. Keep him active for now.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 26 - 12:12 PM

Erik Johnson has amassed two goals and three assists in his past four outings.

He had a goal and an assist on Thursday versus the New York Islanders. Johnson had one helper in seven contests prior to his recent hot streak.
Oct 31 - 11:44 AM

Erik Johnson (head) practiced Monday and he's been cleared to play Tuesday.

He suffered a head injury in the third period of Sunday's game against Winnipeg and did not return. "I started feeling a lot better last night and this morning," Johnson said. "Things cleared up pretty fast and, I've been down that road before and didn't want to go down it again. I don't want to miss any hockey here."
Source: Denver Post
Oct 28 - 8:19 AM

Erik Johnson wasn't punished for his hit on Erik Haula, but he did have some stern words for the Minnesota forward on Sunday.

"I expect Haula to be up for an Academy Award," he said. "They're trying to get embellishment out of the freaking league. And it wasn't a vicious hit." Johnson was assessed five minutes for elbowing and he got a game misconduct. Haula said afterward that Johhnson caught him with his hand.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 13 - 9:42 AM

If it wasn't for an unbelievable insipirational play by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson the Avalanche would be down one game to the Wild.

With time winding down in Thursday's opening game of the playoffs between the Avs and the Wild and with Minnesota leading 4-3 and the Colorado net empty for an extra attacker, Johnson raced back and swatted the puck out of the crease and then crashed into the goalpost saving a sure empty-net goal. The play rallied his teammates, and specifically Paul Stastny, who scored the tying and then the winning goal in overtime.
Apr 18 - 12:40 PM

Erik Johnson scored a goal and registered an assist in Colorado's 4-1 win over Edmonton Tuesday night.

Johnson now has nine goals and 29 assists in 77 games this season. Paul Stastny, Tyson Barrie and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche, while rookie Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O'Reilly both added two helpers in the victory.
Apr 9 - 2:38 AM

Although Erik Johnson hasn't lived up to expectations for most of his career, he's been great in 2013-14.

Johnson was taken with the first overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, but he's had several disappointing campaigns since then. This hasn't been one of them as he's recorded 36 points while averaging 23:01 minutes per game with the Avalanche. "Maybe it took it a little longer than I expected to mature and really hit my stride and become the player I knew I could be. Sometimes that's just how it goes," Johnson said. "I'm just happy that the time has kind of arrived for me and it's fun playing the way I'm playing. Playing for a winning team, most important, is the most fun. I just want to continue on."
Source: Denver Post
Apr 5 - 9:22 AM

Erik Johnson could face NHL discipline for shoving his stick in the Ducks' Mathieu Perreault's face Friday night.

Johnson is a repeat offender as he was suspended for two games earlier this season for another infraction. We will pass on any further information once we have it.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 15 - 12:20 PM

Erik Johnson pitched in his second three-assist game of the season, helping the Avs topple the Hawks 4-2 on Tuesday night.

The 25 year-old now is having a solid year, albeit inconsistent so far but has a shot at reaching some career highs in offensive categories. The blueliner has eight goals and 28 points through 60 games this season.
Mar 4 - 10:37 PM

Erik Johnson netted the game-winning goal in Sunday's 6-3 triumph over Tampa Bay.

He didn't have a goal in 31 games during the lockout-shortened season, but he has eight markers in 59 matches this campaign. Johnson was playing in his first game back from a two-game suspension.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 3 - 11:45 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Matt Duchene
2Nathan MacKinnon
3Daniel Briere
4John Mitchell
5Ben Street
6Marc-Andre Cliche
LW1Ryan O'Reilly
2Gabriel Landeskog
3Jamie McGinn
4Cody McLeod
RW1Jarome Iginla
2Alex Tanguay
3Jesse Winchester
4Patrick Bordeleau
5Dennis Everberg
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Jan Hejda
4Nick Holden
5Brad Stuart
6Nate Guenin
7Ryan Wilson
8Zach Redmond
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra
3Calvin Pickard