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Erik Johnson

Born:March 21, 1988Draft:2006 Blues #1 Overall
Hometown:Bloomington, MNPosition:D
Known For:“Condor”Shoots:Right
National Team:United StatesCurrent Team:Buffalo Sabres

Erik Robert Johnson (born March 21, 1988) is an American ice hockey defenseman playing with the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed the “Condor,” Johnson formerly played for the St. Louis Blues, with whom he was selected as the first overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Additionally, he has represented the United States in numerous tournaments. He won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche.

Johnson was drafted from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and played one season at the University of Minnesota before joining the NHL with St. Louis in 2007. During the 2010–11, he was traded to Colorado, where he has played ever since.

Erik Johnson Colorado Avalanche
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Erik Johnson Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
February 18, 2011First-Round Draft Pick
Jay McClement
Second-Round Draft Pick
Kevin Shattenkirk
Chris Stewart

Deeper Dive


  • Stanley Cup Champion (2022)
  • NHL All-Star Game (2015 – did not play)
  • World Championship Bronze Medal (2013)
  • Olympic Silver Medal (2010)
  • NHL YoungStars Roster (2008)
  • NCAA (WCHA) All-Rookie Team (2007)
  • NCAA (WCHA) Champion (2007)
  • U20 WJC All-Star Team (2007)
  • U20 WJC Best Defenseman (2007)
  • U20 WJC Bronze Medal (2007)
  • U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team USA (2007)
  • U18 WJC All-Star Team (2006)
  • 2x U18 WJC Gold Medal (2005, 2006)