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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%: 78/12
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6/23/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Back To Full Health

News: Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said that Erik Johnson (knee) is now 100 percent healthy, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Erik Johnson sat out the Avs' final 34 regular-season following a knee scope, interrupting what had been a career-best campaign up to that point. The former No. 1 overall pick produced 12 goals and 23 points in 47 games, earning a selection to the NHL All-Star team. Johnson will be under contract with the Avs for 2015-16 before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

4/23/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Nears Full Strength

News: Erik Johnson is approaching 100 percent after missing the final 34 games of the regular with a knee injury and will be ready for the start of next season Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Erik Johnson underwent a knee scope on January 26th and was expected to only miss 3-8 weeks, but an extended recovery and the Avs' inability to obtain a playoff spot forced Johnson to miss the remainder of the season. The defenseman had embraced the added responsibility that was given to him by the coaching staff and was on pace for a stellar season with 12 goals and 11 assists through 47 games and even earned a selection to the NHL All-Star Game before going down with the injury. Despite the disappointing end to the season, Johnson is right around the corner from a full recovery and will be ready for the start of next season with hopes of leading the Avs to a Stanley Cup Championship.

4/7/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Remains Out

News: Erik Johnson (knee) won't play Tuesday against the Preds.
Analysis: Beyond Tuesday's contest, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post relays that coach Patrick Roy will be "very surprised" if Erik Johnson plays again this season.

4/1/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Out For Three-Game Road Trip

News: Erik Johnson (knee) has not been cleared to play and will not join the Avalanche for their three-game road trip through California this week.
Analysis: Optimism seemed to be building over the past weekend that a lineup return was imminent for Erik Johnson, who had been able to skate with the Avalanche on Saturday morning. However, it sounds like the blueliner isn't progressing as quickly as it appeared, and it's now in question whether he'll even play again this season. After the Avalanche complete their road trip, the team will only have three games remaining on its regular-season schedule. With the playoffs likely a pipe dream at this point, it may make sense for the Avalanche to shut him down for precautionary purposes.

3/30/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Out Monday

News: Erik Johnson (knee) won't play Monday against the Oilers, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: On the plus side, Erik Johnson was on the ice with the Avs at Monday's morning skate, so he does appear to be progressing as Wednesday's game against the Sharks approaches. "Erik will practice fully (Tuesday), and then we'll make decisions after that," coach Patrick Roy noted Monday.

3/30/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Nears Return

News: Though Erik Johnson (knee) hasn't been ruled out for Monday's game against the Oilers, Terry Frei of the Denver Post suggests that the blueliner is more likely to return to the lineup at some point during the Avs' upcoming three-game road trip, which starts Wednesday at San Jose.
Analysis: Erik Johnson, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 26, last suited up on Jan. 21. Prior to sustaining his knee injury, Johnson had recorded 23 points and 33 PIM in 47 games for the Avs.

3/28/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson May Be In Saturday

News: Erik Johnson (knee) participated during the Avs' morning skate and could be back in the lineup Saturday against the Sabres, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avalanche are still listing Erik Johnson on injured reserve, but that could change over the afternoon if team doctors determine he's now sufficiently recovered from the knee injury. The blueliner has been skating with the team for a week, and even if his return doesn't come Saturday, it looks like the Avalanche will get him back within the next few days. The All-Star has been sidelined since late January.

3/22/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Remains Out

News: Though Erik Johnson (knee) took the ice with his teammates on Sunday, he won't travel with the Avs, who begin a three-game road trip, Monday at Calgary.
Analysis: Per the report, Erik Johnson will continue to skate in Denver and could potentially play in the Avs' next home game, which occurs March 28 against the Sabres.

3/18/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Out Thursday

News: Erik Johnson (knee) did not travel with the Avs for Thursday's contest and is likely a week away from returning, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: It had earlier been reoprted that Erik Johnson was optimistic that he'd rejoin the team on their upcoming five-game road trip from Mar. 19-26, but it now appears it will be on the later end of that timetable. At this point, his target date will likely be either next Wednesday against the Oilers or Thursday against the Canucks.

3/13/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Expected To Play During Road Trip

News: Erik Johnson (knee) is expected to return during the Avalanche's upcoming five-game road trip that will span last from Mar. 19-26.
Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy relayed that Erik Johnson has been doing well since he resumed skating last week, potentially putting him on track to resume practicing with the Avalanche in the coming days. Assuming that Johnson's recovery continues to progress smoothly, it appears he'll end up hitting the back end of the 3-to-8 week recovery timeline the team set for him when he first required the knee scope in late January. Prior to suffering the injury, Johnson ranked as one of the leading goal scorers among defensemen, producing 12 goals in 47 games.

3/6/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Resumes Skating Friday

News: Erik Johnson (knee) was on the ice for a skate for Friday, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy relayed after Erik Johnson's light session that it was the first time the blueliner had been on the ice since undergoing a knee scope in late January. Johnson is about six weeks through the 3-to-8 week recovery timetable the Avalanche initially established for him, so it looks like he could have a chance at meeting the back end of that frame. He'll need to make steady progress over his next handful of on-ice sessions before a more definitive target return date can be pinned down.

2/7/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Gets In Conditioning Work

News: Coach Patrick Roy said Erik Johnson (knee) has been swimming and performing light activities in the gym during his rehab process, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Erik Johnson underwent a knee scope about two weeks ago, with the Avalanche projecting him to miss 3-to-8 weeks at that time. Since he has yet to resume skating, it doesn't appear that he'll hit the short end of that timetable, but if his rehab continues to go smoothly, a return before the end of the month isn't out of the question.

1/26/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Transferred To IR

News: Erik Johnson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Analysis: The roster move was expected in the wake of the news earlier in the day that Erik Johnson would require a knee scope and miss the next three-to-eight weeks. The newly minted All-Star, who sits tied for first in the NHL in goals (12) among defenseman, was forced to sit out the weekend's festivities due to the injury, and it now looks like he'll be sidelined for a significant chunk of the second half. It's a crippling blow for a Colorado blue line that had already been struggling to provide protection for its goalies, who have faced the second-most shots in the league this season.

1/26/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Out After Getting Knee Scoped

News: Coach Patrick Roy indicated that Erik Johnson will miss the next three-to-eight weeks after undergoing a knee scope.
Analysis: We'll look for a more precise timetable in the coming days, but either way, Erik Johnson -- who has notched 23 points in 47 games to date -- is going to miss a decent chunk of time and is thus a candidate for injured reserve.

1/26/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson (Lower Body) Misses Practice Monday

News: Erik Johnson (lower body) wasn't on the ice for practice Monday, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Erik Johnson didn't get a chance to participate in the All-Star festivities in Columbus due to the injury, and it appears the issue may persist at the start of the second half. The 26-year-old blueliner would be sorely missed, as he's managed to post 12 goals and 11 assists over 47 games this season. Either way, the team should provide a more definite status update prior to the opening faceoff Tuesday.

1/22/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson (Lower Body) To Miss All-Star Game

News: Erik Johnson will miss the All-Star game due to a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Erik Johnson's injury likely originated in Wednesday's game against the Bruins, but he managed to play 22:57 despite the injury. He will have an extended break to rest up, as the Avalanche don't play again until Tuesday.

1/9/2015

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Sets Career High In Goals

News: Erik Johnson tallied his 11th goal of the season in Thursday's triumph over the Senators.
Analysis: Erik Johnson's second game-winner of the season helped chase Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson from the contest and allowed the blueliner to establish a new career best in goals. With the season only at its halfway point, Johnson appears well on his way to building on that total, though some regression from his 10.8 percent shooting rate (5.1 percent career mark) is almost certainly headed his way.

12/24/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL Avs' Johnson Gets Goal In Third Straight

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Gets Goal In Third Straight

News: Erik Johnson netted his first game-winning goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-0 triumph over the Blues.
Analysis: Not only was Erik Johnson able to get some revenge of the team that formerly drafted him with the No. 1 overall draft choice, but he also extended his goal streak to three games. The 26-year-old has been one of the few positives to emerge out of a grim season thus far for the Avalanche, as his nine goals and 19 points have him on his way to eclipse his previous career bests of 10 and 39, respectively, in those categories.

12/21/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL Two-Point Outing For Avs' Johnson

Erik Johnson

Two-Point Outing For Avs' Johnson

News: Erik Johnson contributed a goal and assist in Saturday's victory over the Sabres.
Analysis: It's the fifth multi-point game of the season for Erik Johnson, with two coming in his last three contests. A lot has gone wrong for the Avs this season, but Johnson is one of the few players on the squad who has met expectations up to this point. He's on pace for a 44-point season, which would exceed his career-best 39-point effort in 2013-14.

12/14/2014

Erik Johnson, D, COL

Erik Johnson

Avs' Johnson Pots Two Goals Saturday

News: Erik Johnson was a man on a mission Saturday, scoring a power-play goal and adding an even-strength marker in an overtime loss to the Blues.
Analysis: A much-needed offensive outburst from Erik Johnson, who had previously gone six straight games without recording a point. The minute-munching blueliner now has six goals and 15 points in 29 games, putting him on pace for a career-high 15-goal, 40-point season. Now that he's ended the slump, Johnson should return to being one of the more dependable fantasy blueliners in the league.

11/28/2014

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.