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Erik Johnson  #6

Colorado Avalanche  Defenseman
NUMBER: 6 BIRTHDATE: March 21, 1988  (AGE 26)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Bloomington, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 232 DRAFTED: STL / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
- Is out 3-8 weeks (knee). - Was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game but did not participate in the contest due to injury. - Was the first Avalanche defenseman to be selected to the All-Star Game since Rob Blake in 2003-04. - Leads all Colorado defensemen with a career-high 12 goals. - Ranks first on the Avalanche in average ice time (24:25) and blocked shots (107). - Led the team with six goals in December, the most by an Avs defenseman in a single month since Rob Blake (7) in March of 2003. - Recorded a career-high four-game goal streak from Dec. 20-27, the first Avs defenseman to score in four consecutive games since Sandis Ozolinsh from Nov 13-20, 1996. - Recorded his first career two-goal game on Dec. 13 vs. St. Louis. - Did not dress on Nov. 26 vs. Chicago due to injury (neck). - Logged a career-high 30:25 of ice time on Nov. 15 at New Jersey. - It was the most minutes by an Avalanche player in a non-overtime game since March 9, 2008 (Scott Hannan, 32:14, at Dallas).
WCHA All-Rookie Team (2007) Missed 2008-09 due to off-ice knee injury, September 16, 2008 and resulting surgery, November 20, 2008. Traded to Colorado by St. Louis with Jay McClement and St. Louis's 1st round choice (Duncan Siemens) in 2011 Entry Draft for Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and Colorado's 2nd round choice (Ty Rattie) in 2011 Entry Draft, February 19, 2011.
Quote of the Day

You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals