|BIRTHPLACE:||Bloomington, MN, USA|
|DRAFTED:||STL: 2006-1 overall|
Led all Colorado defensemen in scoring with 26 points (4g/22a) in 73 games…Also paced all team blueliners in assists and shots-on-goal (155) while averaging 20:50 of ice time per game…Logged a season-high 28:22 of ice time on Oct. 12 at Columbus, the most minutes by an Avalanche player in 2011-12…Missed five games due to a groin injury, Nov. 23 to Dec. 2…Placed on IR, Nov. 26 (retroactive to Nov. 21) and activated on Dec. 4…Had an assist in four straight games, Dec. 13-19, equaling the longest assist streak of his NHL career… Did not dress on Jan. 10 vs. Nashville due to a hand injury…Had a career-high three-game goal streak, Feb. 11-17, the first Avalanche defenseman to score a goal in three straight games since John-Michael Liles from Dec. 23-29, 2008…Left in the first period on Feb. 22 vs. Los Angeles due to back spasms but returned the next game…Missed three contests due to a back injury, March 20-24…Recorded his 99th and 100th career assist on March 30 at Calgary.
2010-11: Was acquired by Colorado on Feb. 18 and went on to appear in 22 games with the Avalanche, collecting 10 points (3g/7a)…Led the Avalanche in ice time in 20 of his 22 games after joining the team, averaging 24:33 per game…Appeared in 77 combined games with Colorado and St. Louis, notching 29 points (8g/21a)…Averaged a career-high 22:49 of ice time between the two teams…Made his Avalanche debut on Feb. 19 at San Jose, logging a game-high 26:44 of ice time…Scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche on Feb. 22 at St. Louis, the go-ahead score in a 4-3 victory…Tied his career high with three points (0g/3a) on March 24 vs. Toronto…Logged a careerhigh 29:22 of ice time on April 1 at Phoenix…Scored his third career overtime goal on Oct. 23 vs. Pittsburgh… Tallied his first career short-handed goal on Dec. 31 vs. Phoenix.
2009-10: Led all Blues defensemen and set career highs with 39 points, 10 goals, 29 assists, 186 shots, six power-play goals and 79 games played…Johnson’s 10 goals and 39 points were the most by a Blues defenseman since Chris Pronger in 2003-04 (14 goals, 54 points)…Scored 17 seconds into overtime on Nov. 19 vs. Phoenix, the quickest OT goal by a Blues player since Al MacInnis scored 15 seconds into overtime on Oct. 28, 2000…Matched a career best with points in five straight games from Nov. 19 to Nov. 27…Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Dec. 15 vs. Calgary…Posted a career-high eight shots on Feb. 6 vs. Chicago…Scored his second OT goal of the year on April 5 vs. Columbus.
2008-09: Missed the entire season after suffering an off-ice knee injury on Sept. 16…Underwent surgery on Nov. 20.
2007-08: Led all Blues defensemen with 33 points (5g/28a) in 69 games during his rookie season…Ranked second among NHL rookie defensemen in both assists and points (tied)…Represented the Western Conference at the 2008 NHL Young Guns Game…Made his NHL debut on Oct. 4 at Phoenix, recording his first career point (assist)…Scored his first career goal, the game-winner, on Oct. 6 at Los Angeles…Missed 10 games due to injury.
2006-07: Was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team as a freshman at the University of Minnesota…Helped the Gophers capture the WCHA regular season title and Final Five championship…Tallied 24 points (4g/20a) in 41 games, tops among all WHCA rookie blueliners.
2005-06: Collected 49 points (16g/33a) along with 88 penalty minutes with the U.S. National Under-18 team.
2004-05: Recorded 26 points (11g/15a) in 57 games for the U.S. National Under-17 team.
Helped Team USA capture the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver…Appeared in all six games at the Olympics, tallying a goal and four penalty minutes to go along with a +3 plus/minus rating… Scored a goal in USA’s 6-1 win over Finland in the semifinal on Feb. 26…Appeared in seven games for Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia, collecting a pair of assists…Also represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden, where he was named the tournament’s “Best Defenseman”…Led Team USA and tied for the tournament lead with 10 points (4g/6a) in seven games as the Americans captured the bronze medal…Was only the second U.S. player in tournament history to win best defenseman honors…Dressed in seven games for Team USA at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, notching four points (1g/3a)…Won a gold medal for the second consecutive year for the U.S. at the 2006 World Under-18 Championships, collecting 10 points (4g/6a)…Also won gold for Team USA at the 2005 World Under-18 Championships…Represented the United States at the 2005 Four Nations Cup, recording four points (1g/3a).
Was just the fifth U.S.-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft (now six)…He and Bryan Berard (1995) are the only U.S.-born defensemen ever drafted first overall…Erik is still the only defenseman over the past 16 drafts (1997-2012) to be taken No. 1 overall…Was the first player in St. Louis Blues history to be drafted first overall…He is just the third No. 1 overall draft pick to ever play for the Colorado Avalanche, joining Owen Nolan (Quebec 1990) and Pierre Turgeon (Buffalo 1987)…Nickname is “Edge” or “EJ”…Hosted a sled hockey clinic in conjunction with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in February of 2012 at Pepsi Center…Erik and Matt Hunwick made a visit to Father Woody’s homeless shelter during Thanksgiving week of 2011…As a member of the Blues, Erik would donate a suite for every home game to charity or military personnel as part of his “EJ’s Juniors” program…Erik’s great uncle, Ken Yackel Sr., was an All-American hockey player at the University of Minnesota and played for the United States Olympic Team at the 1952 Winter Olympics.