Erik Johnson

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Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson.jpg
Born (1988-03-21) March 21, 1988 (age 26)
Bloomington, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 236 lb (107 kg; 16 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues
National team  United States
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2006
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2007–present

Erik Robert Johnson (born March 21, 1988) is an American ice hockey defenseman playing for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was formerly with the St. Louis Blues. Johnson, the number one overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, was drafted by the Blues from the U.S. under-18 national team and played one season at the University of Minnesota before transferring to the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Johnson played hockey for the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota, before transferring to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play for the National Team Development Program (NTDP). Johnson is one of the six Americans to have been chosen first in the NHL Entry Draft, along with Patrick Kane (2007), Rick DiPietro (2000), Bryan Berard (1995), Mike Modano (1988) and Brian Lawton (1983).

He played for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers during the 2006–07 season. Johnson was signed by the St. Louis Blues to a three-year entry level contract on April 20, 2007.[1]

Professional[edit]

Johnson scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier on October 6, 2007. It was also the game-winning goal.[2] He finished his rookie season averaging over 18 minutes of ice-time per game to go with 5 goals and 28 assists in 69 games.

Johnson suffered a major setback in the off-season, tearing his ACL and MCL, when his right foot was caught between the accelerator and brake pedal of his golf cart during a team golf outing on September 16, 2008.[3] He underwent knee surgery to repair the damaged ligament on November 20 and missed the entirety of the 2008–09 season.[4]

On August 2, 2010, as a restricted free agent Johnson re-signed with the Blues with a two year, $5.2 million contract.[5] In the following 2010–11 season, on February 19, 2011, he was traded by the Blues to the Colorado Avalanche along with Jay McClement and a conditional first round pick (that Colorado used to select Duncan Siemens) in exchange for Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional second round pick (that St. Louis used to select Ty Rattie).[6] Later that day Johnson made his Avalanche debut at the HP Pavilion at San Jose in a 4–0 defeat to the San Jose Sharks.[7] In his second game, Johnson faced his former team and posted his first goal as an Avalanche in a 4–3 victory over the Blues on February 22, 2011.[8]

On July 3, 2012, Johnson signed a 4-year, $15 million extension with the Avalanche.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Bronze 2013 Stockholm/Helsinki
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Leksand
World U18 Championships
Gold 2005 České Budějovice
Gold 2006 Halmstad

As a product of the USNTDP, Johnson first made his international debut for the United States at the 2005 World U17 Hockey Challenge. In the same year he captured the Gold Medal, as a 17 year old at the 2005 World Under–18 Championships. Erik scored 10 points in 6 games the 2006 World Under–18 championships to help the U.S retain the Gold medal and was selected as the Bob Johnson Award winner as the Best American player in International competition.[9]

He was a member of the 2007 U20 American team that won a Bronze Medal in the U20 World Championships. Johnson was named to the tournament's All-Star Team and was named the tournament's Best Defenseman. Johnson finished the tournament with 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points, becoming the first defenseman to lead the tournament in scoring.

Representing Team USA at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Winter Games, Johnson received a silver medal after losing in Overtime to Canada in the final.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Academy of Holy Angels MNHS 31 13 21 34
2004–05 U.S. National Development Team USDP 54 11 15 26 27
2005–06 U.S. National Development Team USDP 47 16 33 49 89
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 4 20 24 50
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 5 28 33 30
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 10 29 39 79
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 55 5 14 19 37
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 3 7 10 19
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 73 4 22 26 26
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 31 0 4 4 18
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 9 30 39 61 7 1 1 2 2
NHL totals 409 36 134 170 268 7 1 1 2 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WHC17 5th 5 2 0 2 4
2005 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg 6 0 0 0 0
2006 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg 6 4 6 10 27
2006 United States WJC 4th 7 1 3 4 18
2007 United States WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 7 4 6 10 16
2007 United States WC 5th 7 0 2 2 4
2010 United States OG Silver medal icon.svg 6 1 0 1 4
2013 United States WC Bronze medal icon.svg 10 2 2 4 20
Junior totals 31 11 15 26 65
Senior totals 23 3 4 7 28

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2007
NHL
NHL YoungStars Game 2008
International
WJC Best Defenseman Directorate Award 2007
WJC All-Star Team 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blues Sign First Overall Draft Pick Erik Johnson". St. Louis Blues. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Blues 5, Kings 3". CBS Sports. 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Erik Johnson Out Indefinitely". St. Louis Blues. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Blues' defenseman Johnson has knee surgery". National Hockey League. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  5. ^ "Johnson re-signs with Blues for 2 years, $5.2 million". Stltoday.com. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Blues send former No.1 pick Johnson to Avalanche". The Sports Network. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  7. ^ "Setoguchi tallies hat trick as Sharks blank reeling Avs". National Hockey League. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  8. ^ "Johnson scores on former team as Avs knock off Blues". The Sports Network. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  9. ^ "United States 2006 WJC Media Guide". USA Hockey. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sidney Crosby
NHL first overall draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Patrick Kane
Preceded by
T. J. Oshie
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Patrik Berglund
Preceded by
Marc Staal
World Junior Best Defenceman
2007
Succeeded by
Drew Doughty