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6 Erik Johnson D
Height/Weight: 6-4/232 | Birthdate: 3/21/1988 | Birthplace: Bloomington, MN, USA | Team: Colorado Avalanche | College: Minnesota | NHL Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/71 | Average Draft Position: 129.96
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11:24 AM

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Set To Play Saturday

News: Erik Johnson (head) is likely set to play Saturday against the Stars, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avalanche sent down Karl Stollery to AHL Lake Erie on Friday, indicating the team has confidence that Erik Johnson will be able to take the ice for their next game. Johnson practiced fully Friday and reported no setbacks, so he should be on tap for his usual top-pairing duties against the Stars.

11/26/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avalanche's Johnson Out Wednesday

News: Erik Johnson (head) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Erik Johnson had a shot to play Wednesday, but it appears he is still dealing with symptoms from the head injury he suffered in Tuesday's game. Consider Johnson questionable for the Avalanche's next game Saturday.

11/26/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson A Game-Time Decision Wednesday

News: Erik Johnson (head) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt with the Blackhawks, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: There's concern that Erik Johnson might have sustained a concussion Tuesday night against the Coyotes, but the team doesn't seem to be ruling him out from playing just yet. The top-pairing blueliner has put together an effective season for the Avs, racking up 13 points, 25 PIM and 46 hits over 22 contests.

11/25/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson May Have Suffered Head Injury

News: Erik Johnson was knocked out of Tuesday's game, but coach Patrick Roy said Johnson seemed fine after the game, the Denver Post's Mike Chambers reports.
Analysis: The injury apparently looked pretty bad, and Chambers suggested that there would probably be tests to see if Erik Johnson sustained a concussion. It may be something that he plays through, but it's worth monitoring his status going forward.

11/22/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Scores Fourth Goal

News: Erik Johnson earned first-star honors in Saturday's win over Carolina, scoring his third goal of the season, firing four shots on goal, dishing out four hits, and logging a team-high 25:00 of ice time.
Analysis: Erik Johnson has been very reliable this season, contributing four goals and 12 points in 21 games. Any defenseman who can regularly contribute points is always a big asset in fantasy. Keep the 26-year-old workhorse rolling.

11/2/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL Avs' Johnson Bolsters Power Play In Loss

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Bolsters Power Play In Loss

News: Erik Johnson dished out two power-play assists in Saturday's loss to the Blues.
Analysis: That's seven points in five games for Erik Johnson, who is a plus-4 in that span. The 26-year-old continues to log heavy minutes and should produce another 40-point season in Colorado. With talents like Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene up front, Johnson isn't slowing down anytime soon.

10/31/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Has Two-Point Evening

News: Erik Johnson picked up a power-play assist and put the icing on the cake with the final goal of Thursday's 5-0 win over the Islanders. He went plus-2 in the contest.
Analysis: The 2006 No. 1 overall pick notched just a single point in his first six games of the year, but has exploded over the last four, scoring two goals and handing out three assists to go with a plus-4 rating. He'll likely run hot and cold en route to a 35-to-40-point season.

10/28/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Will Play Tuesday

News: Erik Johnson (undisclosed) will be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sharks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Erik Johnson left Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury after being hit into the end boards, but seems fine now, and will suit up for Tuesday's matchup with the Sharks.

10/27/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Practices

News: Erik Johnson (undisclosed) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Erik Johnson left Sunday's game after going awkwardly into the end boards, but was participating in contact drills in Monday's practice, and seems like a safe bet to suit up for Tuesday's game against the Sharks.

10/26/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Exits Following Collision With Boards

News: Erik Johnson was removed from Sunday's game against the Jets after he was checked into the end boards in the second period, Drew Spevak of ESPNDenver.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy didn't provide an update on Erik Johnson's condition after the game, so his availability for the Avs' next game on Tuesday versus the Sharks will remain in question for the time being. Colorado is already down one defenseman with Ryan Wilson out two-to-three weeks with a shoulder injury, potentially putting the team's blue line in dire shape if Johnson, a top-pairing defenseman, is forced to miss time.

10/25/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Scores On Power Play In Win

News: Erik Johnson netted a power-play goal, added an assist, and was a plus-2 in Friday's win over Vancouver.
Analysis: Erik Johnson only had one point entering Friday's game, but the blueliner played a key role in the blowout victory over the Canucks. Johnson continues to log big minutes at even strength and on the power play, meaning his production should begin to pick up. If the Avalanche start scoring more, as they did Friday, Johnson should start appearing on the scoresheet more frequently.

10/12/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Racks Up PIM In Defeat

News: Erik Johnson was held off the scoresheet in Saturday's loss to the Wild, but managed to rack up three penalties for a total of 17 minutes in the sin bin.
Analysis: The penalty time resulted in Erik Johnson skating for just 7:02 worth of game action, but he probably saved himself from some damage to his plus/minus in a game the Wild won by three goals. He's already one third of the way to last season's total of 61 penalty minutes.

4/9/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Verging On Career Year

News: Erik Johnson contributed a goal and a power-play assist in Tuesday's victory over Edmonton.
Analysis: He now has 38 points on the year, just one off his career high, set back in his 2009-10 sophomore campaign with St. Louis. This has easily been Erik Johnson's best season since coming over to Colorado, and the Avs have to hope he can carry it over into the playoffs.

3/28/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Misses Friday Practice

News: Erik Johnson (illness) missed Friday's practice with the flu, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Erik Johnson also missed Thursday's morning skate with the illness, but was still able to play on Thursday night. The illness seems unlikely to keep him out of Saturday's game, but his status should be monitored.

3/27/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson To Play Thursday

News: Despite missing Thursday's morning skate with the flu, Erik Johnson will play against the Canucks, reports Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.
Analysis: The Avs' highest scoring D-man and power-play quarterback appears no worse for wear after the flu held him back earlier in the day. Go ahead and roll him.

3/27/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Misses Morning Skate With Flu

News: Erik Johnson missed Thursday's morning skate with flu-like symptoms, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The illness has Erik Johnson questionable for Thursday's game against the Canucks. The Avalanche will see how Johnson is feeling leading up to pregame warmups before deciding whether or not he'll draw into the lineup.

3/6/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL Avs' Johnson Grabs Two More Assists

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Grabs Two More Assists

News: Erik Johnson dished out two assists and went plus-3 Thursday in an overtime win against the Red Wings.
Analysis: All of a sudden, Erik Johnson is living up to his pedigree. He's got six points in his last three games and is plus-5 in that span to boot, all while playing a physical game (seven hits) and a defensively responsible one (six blocks).

3/4/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL Avs' Johnson Collects Three Helpers Tuesday

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Collects Three Helpers Tuesday

News: Erik Johnson piled up three assists Tuesday en route to a 4-2 defeat of the Blackhawks.
Analysis: The Avs' D is officially red hot, hitting the scoresheet 14 times in the last four games. Erik Johnson hadn't recorded an assist since Feb. 1 against Buffalo, when he also recorded three. He looked very first-overall-pick-like skating in the hostile confines of the United Center, also blocking five shots and going plus-2 while earning the honor of the game's second star. With four points in the last two games, it's starting to look like EJ has a chip on his shoulder after being snubbed from the Olympics and missing time due to suspension. Look into his availability -- this guy's upside is enormous.

3/3/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Returns With Goal

News: Erik Johnson returned to action Sunday after serving a two-game suspension and fired home the game-winner late in the third period of a 6-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Erik Johnson's eighth blast of the season came as part of a four-goal explosion in the third period that the Lightning couldn't counter. Most impressively, the Avs' D-men tallied four of their six goals, with Tyson Barrie opening the game's scoring and Nick Holden netting a pair. Johnson leads Avalanche defensemen in points (25) and ice time, and the former first overall pick will be relied upon heavily over the last quarter of the season.

3/2/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs Welcome Johnson Back

News: Erik Johnson has completed his two-game suspension and will be available Sunday against the Lightning.
Analysis: Get him back in your lineups if you've kept him on the bench while waiting for the banishment to pass. Erik Johnson has provided seven goals and 17 assists over 58 games while also supplying 100 hits and 97 blocks on the defensive end.

2/26/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs Miss Suspended Johnson

News: Erik Johnson served the first of his two-game suspension during Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Kings.
Analysis: Colorado's ice time leader and highest-scoring D-man was sorely missed in this one, as their defense looked porous against a Kings team that had scored a combined eight goals in their last eight games. Erik Johnson will sit out one more tilt against the Coyotes Friday as punishment for his March 8 slash to the Islanders' Frans Nielsen. He's slated to return when the Avalanche host the Lightning in Denver on Sunday, March 2.

2/12/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Suspended Two Games

News: Erik Johnson was suspended two games for his slash to the hand of the Islanders' Frans Nielsen on Saturday, Ren Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Erik Johnson's actions resulted in a broken hand for Nielsen, and he's now face the consequence of missing the Avs' first two games out of the break, making him eligible to return Mar. 2 against the Lightning. The suspension notwithstanding, Johnson has been a serviceable depth defenseman for fantasy owners this season, totaling 24 points and a plus-5 rating over 58 games while averaging 22:49 of ice time.

2/11/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson To Have A Hearing With The League

News: Erik Johnson is slated to have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday in the wake of his third-period slash on the Islanders' Frans Nielsen on Saturday night, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: As a result of the play, Erik Johnson was originally handed a two-minute penalty, but he could now potentially face a fine or short suspension in advance of the Avs' next game, which isn't until Feb. 26 against the Kings.

2/1/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson: Three Assists Saturday

News: Erik Johnson picked up three assists in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Analysis: Erik Johnson isn't on track to reach the career-best point totals from his early seasons with the Blues, but with seven goals and 17 assists through 54 games, he's enjoying a nice bounce-back season with the Avs. He's helped supplement his value on the defensive end with 92 hits and 92 blocks.

1/21/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson To Play Tuesday

News: Erik Johnson (back) will play Tuesday vs. the Maple Leafs, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Despite missing morning skate with back issues, Erik Johnson looked fine during pregame warmups and will likely be cleared to receive his usual amount of playing time. Fantasy owners can feel comfortable deploying Johnson as they normally would.