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Erik Johnson has had a strong start to the 2013-14 campaign and he gave plenty of credit to new coach Patrick Roy.
"I feel like this is the best stretch I've had in my career," Johnson said. "A lot of it has to do with Patrick (Roy). You know, I'm a player that can make plays. You go out there and make a mistake and go back to the bench and he's like, 'Don't worry about it. That's a great try. Go out and do it again next shift.' In the past, we played a lot of D-to-D, chip-it-up-the-wall kind of hockey. Now, there's a lot of flow to our game, where we come out of the zone with speed. We're really utilizing our best asset, which is our speed." The Avalanche traded for Johnson with the expectation that they were getting a No. 1 defensemen and it's been difficult for him to fully realize his potential at the NHL level. In 17 games this year, he has picked up seven points, 37 hits, 28 blocks and a plus-10 rating.
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Erik Johnson (undisclosed) underwent X-rays after Friday's game and they didn't reveal a break.
That was related to a possible injury he sustained during Friday's game. Johnson took part in Saturday's practice and is expected to play on Sunday. He has two goals and five points in 15 games in 2013-14.
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Erik Johnson injured himself blocking a shot with seven minutes left in Friday night's 4-2 win over Calgary.
Johnson went to the dressing room briefly but returned to finish the game. He did go for x-rays after the contest and the Avs are waiting to get the results. It would be a shame if Johnson is out for any period of time. He's playing the best hockey of his career at the moment.
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Erik Johnson needed help skating off the ice after being hit in the foot by a puck during Wednesday's practice.
Johnson has a goal and three points in nine games this season. He is still being evaluated, but Avalanche coach Patrick Roy doesn't think it will turn out to be anything major.
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Erik Johnson scored a power play goal as the Avalanche lost to the Red Wings 4-2 Thurday night.
It was Johnson's first goal and his second point of the season plus two rating. Johnson went end-to-end to score his first goal in 58 games, since Feb. 17, 2012. He skated through the Detroit defense, moved into the right circle and ripped a shot that went under Jonas Gustavsson's right arm. Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche.
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Avalanche coach Patrick Roy wants to give Erik Johnson a clean slate this season.
As the first overall pick in the 2006 draft, Johnson has yet to live up to expectations at the NHL level. "I had a great conversation with Erik. Honestly, I'm confident he's going to have a really good year," said Roy. "The thing is, we're going to work really hard with him to 'don't live in the past.' It's now. Don't worry about the 'first overall' thing. Don't worry where people say 'first overall pick' - it's over. We want you to be who you are. Erik needs to be Erik Johnson. Go hard, go out there and play his game and be himself. That's what I want to see from him." Roy praised Johnson for having offensive skills, but the 25-year-old defenseman contributed no goals and just four assists in 31 games last year and the season before that he recorded 26 points in 73 contests. It will be interesting to see if Roy's new approach will help Johnson make positive strides this season, but going into draft day he's still very risky to consider picking up.