Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Getting To Know Your 2010 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team: Erik Johnson

This is the second installment of the defense portion of this feature. You know the drill.

Erik Johnson will turn 22 next month. As a St. Louis Blues fan, I can say that Erik Johnson was/is one of the highest-touted draft picks (first round, first overall in 2006) the Blues have had in some time. Like so many we've examined in this feature, Johnson is a native Minnesotan. He registers at 6'4", 225 pounds, and shoots right-handed. Through 126 games, he has tallied nearly 2500 minutes of ice time, registered 83 PIMs, and an unfortunate negative-eight in the plus-minus. Due to an altercation with a golf cart, he missed the entire 2008-09 season, but through 57 games this year, he is well on his way to career highs in both goals and assists. He is one of only five Americans to be selected first overall.