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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)
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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Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis