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Erik Johnson  #6

Colorado Avalanche  Defenseman
NUMBER: 6 BIRTHDATE: March 21, 1988  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Bloomington, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 232 DRAFTED: STL / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
Johnson was selected as the Best Defenseman at the 2007 World Junior Championships after leading the U.S. with 10 points (4-6-10). He scored the game-winning goal against the host nation, Sweden, in the 2-1 triumph that gave the Americans the bronze medal.

He played 104 games (75 points) for the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2005 and 2006 and will join six other NTDP alumni (Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Mike Komisarek, Jack Johnson and Ryan Suter) on the 2010 Olympic roster.

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It's obviously not fun to not know, but on the other hand, I'm not in a rush. I'm going to be back to 100 percent before I start playing. I'm not going to play on 90 percent.

— Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom in an interview with Washington Post about whether he will be able to play in 2015-16 opener
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