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4 John Erskine D
Height/Weight: 6-4/220 | Birthdate: 6/26/1980 | Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario, Canada | Team: Washington Capitals | College: None | NHL Experience: 12 | Salary: $1,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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3/27/2014

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine No Longer Dealing With Concussion

News: After dealing with a concussion earlier this month, John Erskine has been a healthy scratch the last seven games, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The Capitals have gone with Jack Hillen in the lineup while John Erskine has remained in the press box those last seven games, but the two defensemen could trade places in Saturday's game. Hillen looks unlikely to play Saturday after suffering an injury Tuesday night, creating an opening for Erskine to rejoin the lineup.

3/8/2014

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Questionable For Saturday

News: John Erskine (head) passed his concussion protocol testing but is still expected to sit out Saturday against Phoenix, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The big defenseman is just coming off a leg injury and is now dealing with this which he apparently suffered during Wednesday's tilt with the Flyers. He remains day-to-day.

3/6/2014

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Ailing Erskine Out For Caps On Thursday

News: John Erskine (undisclosed) will not play Thursday against the Bruins.
Analysis: The Capitals haven't revealed the exact issue John Erskine is dealing with, but whatever it may be, it more than likely stemmed from Wednesday's loss to the Flyers. Cameron Schilling will be called up from AHL Hershey before the game to take Erskine's spot in the lineup.

2/27/2014

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John Erskine

Erskine Draws back In For Caps

News: John Erskine (leg) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday against the Panthers, Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com reports.
Analysis: John Erskine missed the Capitals' final two games before the break with a leg injury, but after taking the last couple of weeks to recover, he should be available for his full allotment of minutes Thursday. The 33-year-old has just three points in 31 games and doesn't offer much production in the defensive categories either.

2/8/2014

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Capitals' Erskine Not Likely To Play Saturday

News: John Erskine (leg) did not partake in the Caps' pre-game skate and is doubtful for Saturday night's game against New Jersey, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: John Erskine was held out of Thursday's game against Winnipeg and it appears he will be out for the Caps' pre-Olympic finale against division rival New Jersey. In light of Erskine's struggle to stay healthy, the Caps are probably wise to sit him and let the leg recover during the long Olympic break. Even when healthy, Erskine is best left for consideration in only very, very deep leagues, as he has only three points this season.

2/6/2014

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Capitals' Erskine Will Not Play Thursday

News: John Erskine (leg) will not play in Thursday night's game against Winnipeg, Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The FAN reports.
Analysis: Head coach Adam Oates commented that John Erskine's leg was "a little achy". Given the struggles Erskine has had with injuries this year, it would not be surprising to see the Caps give the veteran some days off in the hopes that he will be in full health after the Olympic break. With only three points in 31 games this season, this should do little to affect Erskine's already extremely limited fantasy value.

1/24/2014

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Erksine Grabs Assist in Caps' Loss

News: Erksine registered an assist on Washington's only goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to New Jersey, one game after being a healthy scratch.
Analysis: Erksine isn't going to produce much offensively, as Friday's assist was his second of an injury-riddled season. Look for him to see third-pairing minutes for the Caps when he is in the lineup.

1/24/2014

John Erskine, D, WAS Erskine May Play Against Devils

John Erskine

Erskine May Play Against Devils

News: John Erskine was off the ice early in Friday's pre-game skate, indicating he might draw back in to the Caps lineup for their game against the Devils, Mike Vogel of Monumental Network reports.
Analysis: John Erskine was scratched in favor of the smooth-skating Nate Schmidt when the Capitals lost a 2-0 decision to Ottawa on Tuesday, but he might be back in the lineup Friday, as the Caps are in the front end of back-to-back games this weekend. Erskine's value is tied to his ability to hit and take penalties, so unless you're in need of both categories, he may not be the most productive choice for your lineup.

1/24/2014

John Erskine, D, WAS Caps' Erskine Healthy Scratched Tuesday

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Healthy Scratched Tuesday

News: John Erskine was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Senators, with Capitals coach Adam Oates saying he wanted more speed in the lineup, CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley reports.
Analysis: With just one point (an assist) in 24 games and a munus-4 rating, John Erskine hasn't provided much fantasy value when on the ice, though his 31 PIM, 41 hits and 44 blocked shots do help owners in formats that count those statistics. There's been no word yet on whether he'll be back in the lineup Friday against the Devils.

12/15/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Activated From IR, Will Play Sunday

News: John Erskine (knee) was activated from IR and will return to the lineup Sunday against the Flyers, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: After missing 21 games with an injured left knee, John Erskine will slot back into the rotation Sunday, though coach Adam Oates said that he's "not expecting too much" from Erskine in his return. The 33-year-old notched just one assist in seven games prior to the injury.

12/13/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine To Sit Out Friday

News: John Erskine (upper body) will not play Friday vs. the Panthers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The fact that John Erskine is traveling with the Capitals suggests a return to the lineup could be imminent, but he'll have to wait at least another game for it to happen with coach Adam Oates sticking with the same lineup in Florida. Erksine has been out since Oct. 26 with the knee injury.

12/12/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Will Travel To Florida

News: John Erskine (knee) will travel with the team to Florida for Friday's game against the Panthers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: While a return Friday seems highly unlikely, seeing as John Erskine's yet to practice with his teammates, he does seem to be getting close. The 33-year-old has been out close to seven weeks and likely needs some time to get his legs back under him.

12/11/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Hoping To Return Soon

News: John Erskine (knee) is hoping to return soon, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The blueliner hasn't been in the lineup since October 26, but is hoping to be back as early as next week. He didn't practice Wednesday, but keep an eye on him, since it would seem he's close to getting back on the ice with his teammates for some conditioning. John Erskine has one assist in seven games this season.

11/20/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Out For Wednesday

News: John Erskine (upper body) will not play Wednesday against the Penguins, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: John Erskine took part in Wednesday's morning skate, but will not suit up for the matchup wih the Pens. He's eligible to be taken off LTIR at any time now, so he'll try to get healthy enough to get back in the lineup this weekend.

11/20/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Skates

News: John Erskine (upper body) was on the ice for the team's morning skate Wednesday, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Wednesday's game against the Penguins will be the first that John Erskine is eligible to return from LTIR for, and the fact he's on the ice at the morning skate means he could suit up. It doesn't look likely, though, considering that Mike Green (lower body) is much closer to returning, there were nine defensemen present at the morning skate.

10/30/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS Caps Place Erskine On LTIR

John Erskine

Caps Place Erskine On LTIR

News: The Capitals placed John Erskine (upper body) on Long Term Injured Reserve on Wedensday, retroactive to October 26, Mike Vogel of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: John Erskine sat out a few games earlier in October with an upper body ailment, so presumably he reinjured it Saturday against the Flames. His LTIR designation means he must sit out at least 10 games and 24 days, so the earliest he will be eligible to return is November 20 against the Penguins. The move also allowed the Caps to call up Michael Latta and Dmitry Orlov from AHL Hershey to replace Erskine on the active roster.

10/22/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Expected Back Tuesday

News: John Erskine (upper body) is expected to return to action Tuesday against the Jets, the Washington Post's Katie Carrera reports.
Analysis: John Erskine has been sidelined that past four contests with an upper-body injury but it looks like the defenseman is now sufficiently recovered. Coach Adam Oates said that he would ease Erskine back to action slowly, so don't be surprised if he sees a steady drop (at least initially) from the 17:45 of ice time he was receiving prior to suffering the injury.

10/19/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Still Not Ready For Action

News: John Erskine (upper body) will miss his fourth straight game Saturday, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: According to coach Adam Oates, John Erskine is still not ready for game action. He failed to go into specifics or give a timetable so he will continue to be listed as day-to-day.

10/16/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Not Expected To Play Wednesday

News: John Erskine (upper body) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Rangers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: John Erskine skated as an extra on the Caps' line rushes Wednesday morning, and is expected to make a decision about his status sometime after the skate is over.

10/14/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Back On Ice Monday

News: John Erskine (upper body) was back on the ice for the morning skate Monday, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: After the skate, John Erskine revealed that he is hoping to return to action Wednesday night against the Rangers.

10/12/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Ruled Out For Saturday

News: John Erskine (upper body) will miss Saturday's game, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: His absence Saturday isn't especially surprising after he was held out of Friday's practice with the injury. John Erskine doesn't contribute much in the fantasy game aside from the hits category and probably shouldn't be outside of the deep leagues.

10/11/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Misses Practice

News: John Erskine missed practice Friday with an upper-body injury, the Washington Post's Katie Carrera reports.
Analysis: The grinder is considered day-to-day, and his status for Saturday's matchup with the undefeated Avalanche will likely depend on how he feels at the morning skate.

4/2/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Activated From IR

News: John Erskine (upper body) was activated from the IR Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: With this news, John Erskine is likely to be in the lineup Tuesday against Carolina, though no official word has been given.

4/2/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine: Game-Time Decision Tuesday

News: John Erskine (upper body) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: John Erskine has not played since March 9 while dealing with an apparent hand/wrist injury. Should he play Tuesday, Washington would need to make a roster move in order to accommodate him.

3/28/2013

John Erskine, D, WAS

John Erskine

Caps' Erskine Stkates Thursday

News: John Erskine (upper body) skated for about 20 minutes before Thursday's practice, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: John Erskine has missed 10 games with what is thought to be a left hand or wrist injury and Thursday's non-participation at practice suggests that his return is not imminent as Saturday's game against Buffalo approaches.