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Born March 21, 1988 (1988-03-21) (age 21),
Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
236 lb (107 kg; 16 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2006
St. Louis Blues
Career 2007 – present

Erik Johnson (born March 21, 1988, in Bloomington, Minnesota) is an American ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League. He played for the National Team Development Program before being drafted 1st overall by the Blues in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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Playing career

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Junior career

Johnson played hockey for the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota, before transferring to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play for the National Team Development Program (NTDP). He was a member of the 2007 U20 American team that won a Bronze Medal in the U20 World Championships. Johnson was named to the tournaments All-Star Team and was named the Tournaments Best Defenseman. Johnson finished the tournament with 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points, becoming the first defenseman to lead the tournament in scoring. He attended the University of Minnesota and was signed by the St. Louis Blues on April 20, 2007.[1]

Johnson is one of the few Americans to have been chosen first in the NHL Entry Draft. The previous American to be chosen first overall was goaltender Rick DiPietro in 2000 by the New York Islanders. Mike Modano and Brian Lawton were also top American draft picks in 1988 and 1983 respectively, having both been selected first overall by the Minnesota North Stars. American Patrick Kane followed Johnson the following year going first overall.

St. Louis Blues

Johnson scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier on October 6, 2007. It was also the game winning goal.[2] He finished his rookie season averaging over 18 minutes of ice-time per game to go with 5 goals and 28 assists in 69 games.

Johnson suffered a major set-back in the off-season, tearing his ACL and MCL, when his right foot was caught between the accelerator and brake pedal of his golf cart during a team golf outing on September 16, 2008.[3] He underwent knee surgery to repair the damaged ligament on November 20 and missed the entirety of the 2008–09 season.[4]

He has modeled his game after his favorite player Al MacInnis, who also played for the Blues, from 1994 to 2003.

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 USNTDP NAHL 54 11 15 26 27
2005–06 USNDTP NAHL 47 16 33 49 89
2006–07 Minnesota Gophers NCAA 41 4 20 24 50
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 5 28 33 30
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 1 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 69 5 28 33 30 0 0 0 0 0

International play

Played for the United States in:

International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WJC18 6 0 0 0 0
2006 United States WJC 7 1 3 4 18
2006 United States WJC18 6 4 6 10 27
2007 United States WJC 7 4 6 10 18
2007 United States WC 7 0 2 2 4
WJC U-18 totals 12 4 6 10 27
WJC totals 14 5 9 14 36

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Preceded by
Sidney Crosby
First overall pick in NHL Entry Draft
2006
Succeeded by
Patrick Kane
Preceded by
T. J. Oshie
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Patrik Berglund

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