Erik Johnson
D COL
1 week ago

Johnson recorded two assists and three shots during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Senators.

EDGE Analysis

The first overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft is logging a whopping 26:34 of ice time per game and has six helpers in 16 games to open the season. He's worth owning in all formats.

Erik Johnson
D COL
4 weeks ago

Johnson has just a single assist through the first eight games of the season.

EDGE Analysis

While the veteran defenseman hasn't made an offensive impact, he has posted respectable peripheral numbers with 19 shots, eight PIM, 14 hits, 18 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating. However, it is concerning that Johnson has averaged 3:11 of power-play time per game and still has just the single helper for the season. Additionally, he's recorded a minus-5 rating through his past three games. Unless there's an offensive uptick, Johnson's is likely best left to deeper settings that reward peripheral statistics.

Erik Johnson
D COL
1 month ago

Johnson will not face supplemental discipline after a knee-on-knee hit on the Devils' Kyle Palmieri in Saturday's game.

EDGE Analysis

Palmieri had to be helped from the ice and didn't return. Johnson was handed a two-minute penalty for kneeing, but league officials didn't feel it wasn't deliberate.

Erik Johnson
D COL
8 months ago

Johnson's second goal of the season was the overtime winner Tuesday against Chicago.

EDGE Analysis

It's been a trying season for Johnson and the Avs, to say the least. Hampered by injury all season, Johnson has appeared in just 42 games this season, and will likely finish the season with his lowest offensive output in four seasons. His fantasy value has been minimal this season due to his limited appearances and low production.

Erik Johnson
D COL
8 months ago

Johnson garnered a pair of assists in Monday's 4-2 loss to Calgary.

EDGE Analysis

The pair of apples snapped a 14-game point drought. It's been a rough season for the 2006 first-overall pick, as injuries have limited him to just 39 games and 14 points, so Johnson will make for an interesting bounce-back candidate in 2017-18.

Erik Johnson
D COL
9 months ago

Johnson (leg) is finally feeling good four games into his return after a long layoff due to injury, Ron Knabenbauer of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was on the shelf for 36 games due to a broken leg. He is back and logging plenty of time time, and he now feels his legs are back and so is his timing. His best asset to fantasy owners is his ability to block shots, something he has been very good at doing over the years. However, the Avalanche rank dead-last in goal differential, so if your pool penalizes plus/minus rating he is not a recommended option.

Erik Johnson
D COL
9 months ago

Johnson (leg) is expected to play Saturday's game against the Sabres, per coach Jared Bednar.

EDGE Analysis

It's been a long time coming for Johnson and he finally appears ready to return from a 36-game absence after breaking his leg on Dec. 3. The Minnesota native could immediately slot into one of Colorado's top two defensive pairings, though it remains to see who his partner will be on the blue line.

Erik Johnson
D COL
9 months ago

Johnson (leg) is practicing fully and says he will be ready to play Saturday against the Sabres, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

While it's difficult to take players at their own word since they generally overestimate their ability to get out there, Johnson has been rehabbing for months and the progress he's made to this point would seem to indicate that Saturday is in fact a realistic return date for him. The 28-year-old's return could provide a boost for rest of the players on team, though not enough for them to make the playoffs.

Erik Johnson
D COL
9 months ago

Johnson (leg) continues to make progress and coach Jared Bednar hopes to see him back soon, but he's unlikely to suit up for Tuesday's contest against the Kings.

EDGE Analysis

While it's great to hear that Johnson appears to be close to a return after such an extended absence, he likely won't be eligible to crack the lineup until he can log at least one full-contact practice. It's almost certainly too little too late for the Avs at this point, but Johnson's return could be significant for fantasy owners who were intrigued by his abilities to acquire assists early in the season.

Erik Johnson
D COL
9 months ago

Johnson took part in practice Monday for the first time since breaking his leg on Dec. 3, the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Unfortunately, fellow Avs blueliner Nikita Zadorov broke his ankle today during the same practice and is done for the year, which pretty much sums up how bad Colorado's luck has been this season. Johnson donned a red no-contact sweater but otherwise took drills at full speed, so there's a chance he could return later in the week -- potentially at Nashville on Thursday or at home Saturday versus the Sabres.