Dan Girardi or Erik Johnson?
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12-28-2012, 07:39 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Nothing to see here folks, just the typical EJ bashers coming out for their weekly analysis regarding the bust that is Erik Johnson. As everyone knows, he is overhyped by Avs fans because we've had a string of terrible defenders ever since Rob Blake left and Adam Foote became washed up. We wouldn't know a first pairing defender if they came and bit us on the rear.
Erik is definitely one of the slower skating defenders in the league, the only thing going for him is his size and reach, which allows him to intimidate other forwards into coughing the puck up just by glaring at them occasionally, no skill goes into his ability to finish top 15 in the league in takeaways whatsoever.
When he's not giving the puck away twice as much as Jeff the Superstar Petry he's shooting at a 2.6%, good for barely top 200 in the league. His inferior shot demonstrating just why he is so poor offensively. Assists won't come easy to this rugged defensive defender because he tends to stay behind the play a lot, rarely if ever skating the puck up himself and leading the charge. Perhaps if his team didn't steal all the assists and score so many goals he would have so many more points.
As we all know, EJ signed for a salary indicative of his role on the team. 2nd pairing defenders don't get paid much, so we had to make sure EJ knew his place on the team going forward.
If only the Avs didn't give up the better defender in the trade, we could at least have one top pairing defender right now.
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