NHL Draft Prospect Report: Erik Johnson

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NHL Draft Prospect Report: Erik Johnson
CBJ.com will profile one of the top-10 draft prospects each day for the next 10 days leading up to the draft on Saturday, June 24. The Jackets select sixth in the NHL Draft. Click here to see the Draft History of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Erik Johnson
Position: Defense
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 222
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: March 21, 1988
2005-06 Club: U.S. National U-18 (USA)

Personal Profile:
Nicknames are EJ and E … favorite team is the Minnesota Wild … favorite players are Colorado’s Rob Blake and Edmonton’s Chris Pronger … wears #6, but says that he changes numbers every year … says his parents have been the most influential on his career because “they are always encouraging me and supporting me no matter what” … patterns his style of play after Rob Blake because “he is two-way and smart” … outside of sports, Johnson admires his parents for how hard they work in their lives … most memorable hockey game played was USA vs. Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships because of the “amazing atmosphere” … most memorable game watched was Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and the Rangers because “I knew then that hockey was what I wanted to do” … favorites include: Seinfeld (TV show), Gladiator (Movie), Vince Vaughn (actor), Jennifer Anniston (actress), Rob Thomas and Rascal Flats (musicians).

Central Scouting Report:
Is a powerful skater with a long, smooth stride who has tremendous acceleration in open ice … is very strong on his feet and is an outstanding backward skater who has excellent agility for his size … an offensive minded defenseman who has very good peripheral vision – makes the transition from defense to offense quickly and likes the rush the puck which results in scoring chances … makes a solid crisp first pass accurately, is also very accurate when making the long pass and possesses a hard accurate shot from the point … is very dangerous on the power-play with the one timer … pinches well and is seldom caught out of position … a solid positional player in the defensive zone – is difficult to beat one-on-one … reads the play well … has a very quick stick with a long reach that he uses effectively … an excellent shot blocker whose timing is outstanding … exhibits very good hockey sense and understanding of the game … has great size, strength, physical presence and is a very competitive player who works hard every shift … uses his size and strength to his advantage in the corners and in front of the net … delivers solid body checks and finishes his check with authority … opponents are aware of his presence on the ice and he adapts well to game conditions, playing with an edge when necessary … a disciplined player who leads by example – he is respected by teammates and opponents … is very focused and coachable … member of U.S. World Junior team for 2005-06 and will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2006.

For a complete list of all the top prospects:
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